All About Yogurt

Abby Johnson MS, RDN, LDN, CLT

You may have noticed that when navigating the yogurt isle that there are a TON of options to choose from.  Most people consider yogurt to be a part of a healthy diet.  However, with the growing amount of options at the grocery store, picking the right yogurt for you can be challenging.  Let’s first talk about what yogurt is.  Yogurt is a food produced by bacterial fermentation of milk using what are known as "yogurt cultures". It is through the fermentation of lactose in milk that “probiotics” are created which are beneficial bacteria.  These beneficial bacteria have been associated with everything from improved gut health, immunity, skin conditions, and even mental health.  The question is, which yogurts are nutritionally superior? 

In conclusion, things to consider when picking your yogurt:
  • Look for yogurts with less than 9 grams of sugar per serving.  If you want to add flavor to your yogurt, you are better off to add your own fresh fruit toppings or a teaspoon of  honey as desired.
  • Look for yogurts with at least 8-10 grams of protein per serving. 
  • It is also worth mentioning that many people who suffer from lactose intolerance are still often able to eat yogurt due to it’s lower lactose content as well as the presence of probiotics which allow the gut to better process the yogurt.
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