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How to Buy the Best Yogurt

Navigate the Dairy Case with Confidence


9/18/2012 1:50:41 PM

NPR had an article with some warnings specific to greek yogurt. Some brands are using thickeners.
9/18/2012 1:11:06 PM

CASERET's SparkPage
Better idea - make your own.
You can control whether it's full-fat, reduced-fat, or fat free, vanilla or plain, and whether sugar, agave nectar, or nothing at all is used as sweetener.
You DON'T need a yogurt maker.
I got my 2 quart crock pot at Goodwill for $3.99.
To find out how to make it yourself, either google or search sparkrecipess for "Crock-Pot yogurt."
I've jiggled my recipe (mostly the amount of fat-free dry milk that I use) until it comes out of the crock pot just about as thick as Greek yogurt.

You can also strain it to make your own yogurt cheese - which is MUCH cheaper than buying cream cheese - if you happen to want to make a cheesecake :-D
It's also great on toast, muffins, or quickbread.
9/18/2012 12:49:03 PM

FIT_ARTIST's SparkPage
Eating low fat a non fat dairy is actually one of the many causes of obesity. Shame on you Spark for these "old fashioned scriptures"
9/18/2012 12:24:30 PM

LADYBUG1943's SparkPage
I make my own, which I prefer to all others. YOU control the fat content. I usually use fat free milk, but using whole milk makes a special treat. Yogurt makers are very inexpensive... mine cost $20, and the culture can be found at any health food store. We have a Whole Foods in our town, so I get mine there. A bowl of mixed fruit, plain unsweetened yogurt, 1 top. of sugar, and sprinkled with cinnamon.... can't be beat!

I started making my own when I underwent several weeks of taking antibiotics, which really messes up your digestive system. The yogurt brings back your good bacteria.
9/18/2012 11:56:43 AM

-SHOREIDO-'s SparkPage
Thanks for the positive feed back neighbor Nancy !! I'll give it a try. Who knew!!??? : )
9/18/2012 10:52:57 AM

MAVERICK59's SparkPage
No mention of any of the amazing Greek style, high protein choices out there. When was this article written?
9/18/2012 9:46:18 AM

Becky Hand, get with the times! The rest of the enlightened world has realized that low-fat is not a healthy way to eat.
9/18/2012 9:22:15 AM

DIETER27's SparkPage
Thanks for sharing! Have a nice day!
9/18/2012 8:39:57 AM

I make my own plain yogurt from 2% organic milk. To make "Greek Yogurt," or what my Turkish husband calls yogurt cheese. Hope the info below is helpful - it is what I use, but I am sure there are other products too. Advantages: no added chemicals/preservatives; less plastic yogurt containers to recycle; lower sugar content and use your own fruit if you want more flavor; use plain yogurt in recipes (ask me if you want some!)

Yogurt Maker Machine

Yogurt cheese strainer

Yogurt Starter


Often the first two cultures listed are out of stock. The Euro-cuisine starter works fine; I just like the flavor and texture of the others a bit better. The package deal with additional jars is a good deal if you really like yogurt as much as I do. I make at least 3 batches of yogurt a week (with 2% organic milk; less than 2% milk doesn’t give you enough fat to have the yogurt set thickly enough). I use 4 jars of yogurt to make a batch of yogurt cheese (ready in 2 days). 1-2 tablespoons of yogurt cheese with blueberries is an awesome and healthy breakfast – one of my long-standing favorite treats!
9/18/2012 8:28:58 AM

shame on you. Dannon's web site says that it cannot guarantee Dannon to be Gluten free.
Registerd dieticians should know this. How about the others? Are they all gluten free?
9/18/2012 8:03:13 AM

FLUFFY_FUN's SparkPage
I can't believe Chobani or Fage isn't on the list!
9/18/2012 7:49:55 AM

JENNAAW's SparkPage
I always get so confused when I buy yogurt. I always buy plain yogurt, but the difference in taste and calories, etc. is tremendous from brand to brand. I recently bought "blended" plain yogurt because it was half the price of others, but it tasted so awful I had to dump it. I still cannot determine what "blended" means. Blended with what???
9/18/2012 6:22:03 AM

My body doesn't tolerate artificial sweeteners and I shouldn't eat extra I have figured out how to make fat free, non-sweetened yogurt in my crock pot. One batch made out of a half gallon of skim milk usually gets me through a week. It has an amazing texture and now it is hard for me to eat "store-bought" yogurt. With this method, I control what goes in it.
9/18/2012 5:17:45 AM

I much prefer Greek yogurt. Did not see one "preferred" Greek yogurt in you list. Sorry, don't agree with this particular list.
9/18/2012 2:55:04 AM

Why all the emphasis on low fat? I thought that myth was debunked ages ago.

In any case 5% is hardly high fat. I would rather have a tasty 5% greek yoghurt (like Total from Fage) and have less of it, than twice as much sour watery low fat sludge (although the 2% Total isn't bad either).

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