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It's All About Yogurt

by Christy Taylor

It's all about YOGURT. At least, that's what so many experts keep telling us! Yogurt makes a tasty, healthy snack and a great substitute for desert. It can even provide protein to our diets, and improve digestion!
I'm sold!...until I get to the grocery store. Then I'm totally lost. Why on earth are there SO many to chose from? I came across this article in Women's Day Magazine that's totally fixed my dilemma.
First, it decodes yogurt labels as follows:

  • FAT CONTENT
    • REGULAR YOGURT- LESS THAN 3.25% MILK FAT
    • LOW FAT- 2% OR BELOW MILK FAT
    • NOT FAT- MUST HAVE 0.5% OR LESS MILK FAT
  • GREEK & GREEK STYLE YOGURTS
    • Both are thicker and creamier than regular yogurt and have twice the protein. TRADITIONAL Greek Yogurt is strained to make it thicker, while GREEK-STYLE can have stabilizers added for extra texture.
  • CULTURE
    • These are the good bacteria that give yogurt its tangy flavor and help with digestion. Look for the National Yogurt Association's LIVE & ACTIVE CULTURES seal on packaging: it means that when manufactured, the yogurt contained at least 100 million active starter cultures per gram: It means that when manufactured, the yogurt contained at least 100 million active starter cultures per gram.

      I thought this was a great guide, as well! (it's Women's Day Magazine's recommendations)