5 crucial things to look for in a yoghurt

By Jordanna Levin |

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Supermarket shelves are saturated with different types of yoghurts, but how do you know which is the healthiest option? To ensure you always make the best choice you need to know what to look for on the label.

Keep an eye out for these five crucial things on your next tub of yoghurt: 

1.  Choose full-fat yoghurt, always:

  • It tastes better, so you’ll be satiated.
  • Low fat varieties are notoriously higher in sugar. This is to make up for the flavour and texture that’s lost when fat is removed.
  • Full-fat dairy contains fat-soluble vitamins which enhance protein and mineral absorption.

2. The only ingredients on the label should be whole milk and live cultures:

Live cultures are the good bacteria that promote intestinal health also known as probiotics. The most common ones are lactobacillus acidophilus, bifidus and lactobacillus bulgaricus. It is these live cultures that help convert milk into yoghurt. The quality of the milk is also important. Look for organic where possible. Buying organic guarantees the milk is hormone, antibiotic, pesticide, herbicide and fertiliser free, and that the cows have been grazing on grassy pastures.

3. Watch out for inulin on the label:

You can read more about inulin here.

4. Always choose plain or natural:

Never opt for fruit flavoured, even if it’s “real fruit.” This is concentrated sugar and an average serving can contain four teaspoons of sugar (and that’s conservative!).

5. Know how to read sugar labels of dairy products:

Natural or plain full-fat yoghurt is about 4.7g/100g sugar. But the sugar is lactose, which is fructose-free. Anything over 4.7g/100g is added sugar.

And if you’re looking for new ways to eat your yoghurt, Sarah’s shared six clever things she does here.

Have you found a yoghurt that fits all of this criteria? You might like to share with the IQS community in the comments below.

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