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Which one do I choose?: Yoghurts

There are more yoghurt options than there are plants in a millennial share house. So, how do you pick the best one? This first post of the "Which one do I choose?" series breaks down the best way to choose a yoghurt so you're never frozen in the cold section again.

When it comes to picking a yoghurt that's right for you, there are a bunch of factors to consider.


1. Is it for at home or on the go?


2. Are you trying to lose weight or maintain?


3. Is it an important source of calcium for you?


4. Which flavours do you like?


5. Is it for a treat, or a daily snack?



These questions are all important for working out what to focus on when looking for your perfect yoghurt, and are a great way to quickly narrow down your options.


1. Is it for at home or on the go?

Are you grabbing a few dollops for your muesli every morning, or do you need something you can smash down between work and your evening gym sesh? If it's the latter, there are a few yoghurt pouches (or, as I like to call them "those squeezy tube thingies") that are available. If you don't want to go full toddler, best to opt for individual portion controlled packs.


2. Are you trying to lose weight or maintain?


Yoghurt sometimes gets a bad wrap for containing fat - but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Research tells us that fat from milk, cheese and yoghurt does not have the same negative impact on our heart health that butter, coconut oil and deep fried foods have

(click here for a more detailed explanation). However, if you are trying to lose weight, choosing reduced fat dairy can be a better option as it contains less overall energy than its full fat equivalent.


3. Is it an important source of calcium for you?


It can be hard not to get sucked into the latest dairy substitute craze: almond milk, oat milk...kale milk (ok I made that last one up). But dairy products are an important source of calcium, and if you choose faux dairy products you are missing out on valuable nutrients. If you're lactose intolerant, go for lactose free yoghurts such as those made by Jalna, Liddells and Pauls (zymil) - do not choose the dairy free coconut yoghurts that have no calcium in them at all. It doesn't matter how many times they say 'natural' on the packaging or how many stylised palm trees there are - it won't help the strength of your bones.


4. Which flavours do you like?


This is a little bit obvious but I thought I'd mention it anyway. If you only enjoy very sweet yoghurts with lots of added sugars and flavour, you might want to keep these as an occasional treat and go elsewhere for your calcium. Or, you could buy plain yoghurt and add your own sweetness in the form of stewed apple, frozen berries, cinnamon or a drizzle of honey.


5. Is it for a treat, or a daily snack?


The big question I get asked again and again: "how much sugar should there be in my yoghurt?" If you are choosing a treat yoghurt (read: when the tub looks more like dessert than a daily snack), then it's a treat! These yoghurts often have nutrition profiles similar to ice cream - but the added benefit of double the protein and gut loving probiotics. Savour it, enjoy it, keep living your life. If you want a daily snack option, aim for the least amount of sugar per 100g (it should be less than 10g sugar/100g at least).



There's no perfect yoghurt. It depends on your wants and needs; but if you use the above questions as a guide, you should be able to confidently choose from the vast number of options available, and get back to more important questions like if you should buy a cute rain jacket for your dog (yes, obvs).





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