September 24, 2014

The yogurt guide

Yogurt is a versatile food. It not only comes in a huge variety of flavors, it's also spoonable, drinkable, even squeezable. Take a look at the many ways there are to love (and eat!) this delicious, nutrient-dense food.

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  • Set Plain Yogurt...
    Set plain yogurt is a tangy, unembellished treat. Its set texture comes from the fermentation process, which takes place directly in the cup. If you buy the whole-milk variety, expect a tasty, creamy texture yogurt made with whole milk that has at least 3.25% milk fat. Plain Low fat Yogurt has around 100 calories in a 170g per 6 ounce serving and 8 grams of protein. If you want your yogurt with the least fat and calories, try a nonfat yogurt, made with non fat milk. No matter what its fat content, all three types of plain yogurt offer many benefits and the milk used to make them undergoes the same pasteurization process to destroy undesirable microorganisms.
  • Blended Yogurt...
    Blended yogurt goes through the same processing as set yogurt, but to achieve its trademark creamy, smooth appearance it’s stirred and then packaged in containers.
  • Greek Yogurt...
    Greek yogurt starts out like regular yogurt; it’s made by pasteurizing milk, adding live and active cultures to the milk, then allowing fermentation to take place. But Greek yogurt is then strained, which removes part of the liquid whey, leaving more concentrated milk solids. The result is a richer, creamier texture than regular yogurt with a higher protein content. This type of yogurt is an easy-to-use ingredient in all kinds of recipes, like tzatziki, a traditional Greek dip with cucumber, dill, and lemon.
  • Drinkable Yogurt- smoothies...
    Drinkable yogurt is related to blended yogurt—essentially its making is similar to a variety of blended yogurt, usually with a thinner texture and packaged in a bottle, making it an ideal on-the-go nutritious treat.
  • Flavored Yogurt...
    One of the reasons yogurt is so versatile is that its tangy taste is the perfect canvas for adding flavors. For a treat, try a flavored version of yogurt—from strawberry and mixed berry to lemon or coffee—or one with fruit at the bottom that you can mix right in, like blackberry, strawberry, peach, raspberry, or pineapple. Savory yogurts are also available, with herbs, onions or red pepper, healthier than most dips and also great for cooking!
  • Lastly, remember that while all yogurts are made from fermented milk, not all fermented milks are yogurt. The definition of what's considered a yogurt varies from country to country!
Yogurt, Milk, Nutrition, Diet