Is the yogurt section of your supermarket growing? I’ve noticed a big increase in the brands and types of yogurt that are now available at my local supermarket and more of my clients have been asking “what yogurt should I be eating?” So, here is a quick guide to help you with your yogurt selection:
1. Check the calories, saturated fat and sugar content: Look for a yogurt that has less than 150 calories, less than 1 gram of saturated fat and less than 20 grams of sugar for a 6 oz. serving. For a 4 oz. serving, choose one that has less than 120 calroies, less than 1 gram of saturated fat and less than 10 grams of sugar.
2. Check the %DV (Daily Value): Make sure your yogurt contains at least 20%DV for calcium per 6 oz. serving (15%DV for a 4 oz. serving). Vitmain D is not found in all brands of yogurt, so if you are not drinking vitamin D-containing milk or milk alternatives that are fortified with vitamin D (ex. fortified soy or almond milk), then you should choose a yogurt that also contains at least 15%DV for vitamin D.
3. If you are looking to support your digestive health with yogurt, look for specific words on the package: Look for the words “active culture” or “live culture” on the yogurt container or scan the ingredient list for specific strains like L bulgaricus, L casei, and S thermophilus. Avoid yogurt with long ingredient lists as this usually means more fillers, artificial ingredients and additives that can upset sensitive digestive tracts.
Take a look at the yogurt in your refrigerator to see how it stacks up to the suggestions above and post any questions you have about yogurt!
Thanks Karen. Once again, you provide the information we need to make healthy choices. I’ve been eating Danon Light & Fit. It has 80 calories, 80 mg sodium but 15% of calcium based on a 6oz serving. This is less than you suggested. Can I make it up with other foods?