4 Tips for Picking Healthier Yoghurt
Today I’m talking about one of my favourite foods — yoghurt! There are so many different varieties on the supermarket shelves nowadays, so I know it can be hard to know which type is the healthiest yoghurt variety.
How to choose healthier yoghurt
These are my tips to help you pick a healthy yoghurt:
1. Look for healthy live cultures
The probiotics, or live cultures, that are found in yoghurt can help keep your stomach happy! Thanks to its great active cultures, yoghurt is one of my go-to foods for an upset stomach. These probiotics promote intestinal health, so check the label to make sure they are present in your yoghurt.
These cultures can be killed off during the process of making frozen yoghurt, so it can actually be an unhealthy food disguised as healthy!
2. Note the ingredients list on the label
The healthiest types of yoghurt should have minimal ingredients listed on the label. Some can have a number of additives, such as thickeners or artificial flavours, not to mention preservatives. Pot-set and Greek yoghurts tend to be creamy enough, so try these if you like a thick texture.
3. Pick plain or natural yoghurts
While fruit-flavoured yoghurts can be really yummy, they can often be loaded with refined sugar! While yoghurt does have some natural yoghurt in the form of lactose, this should be a small amount (around 5g/100g of yoghurt).
It’s best to pick healthier yoghurts such as unflavoured Greek yoghurt or natural yoghurt and then add your own fruit for a little sweetness. I love to have it with berries, but there are so many ways to use Greek yoghurt!
4. Check the serving size
If you’re eating yoghurt every day, then it makes sense to buy a bigger tub and just take what you need each day. Serving sizes can be a little confusing to get your head around though, so be mindful that one serve of yoghurt should be around 200g. This counts as one of the recommended 2.5 serves of dairy you should aim for each day. Try measuring the serving out until you are comfortable estimating the serving size yourself.
I hope those tips help next time you’re at the supermarket! If you have any other questions about yoghurt, comment below!
Love, Kayla xx
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