A great source for some of your daily dairy intake, yogurt is a flavourful treat that also has some extra health benefits, which vary depending on fat content, texture and flavours added.
Many people think yogurt is diet-friendly. While it can be healthy, watch out for high fat content. Yogurt ranges from zero fat to over 8% milk fat. (Coffee cream (half and half) has 10% milk fat!)
To cut down on sugar there are several yogurt choices that use artificial sweeteners (aspartame, Splenda etc.), though you may be compromising flavour and aftertaste.
Probiotic is a label for beneficial bacteria used in yogurt to promote good internal health, digestion and regularity. Look for “Pro-Biotic” or “contains live cultures” on the label
While pure yogurt is definitely a healthy choice, don’t choose one overloaded with sugar; kid-oriented yogurt and flavoured yogurts can contain a lot of sugar, so read the label.
Avoid yogurts that contain pectin and gelatins (thickeners) since the body has trouble digesting these types of extra ingredients.
We put these five non-fat vanilla yogurts through a taste test, and also tried out Activia’s 14-day challenge in which they claim their product makes you more regular.
- Danone Activia (probiotic): $4.12 per 750g
- Yoplait Source (sweetened with Splenda): $4.60 per 750g
- Olympic Organic: $4.28 per 750g
- Danone Silhouette (sweetened with Splenda): $3.69 per 750g
- President’s Choice: $2.50 per 750g
Activia 14-day Test
With the help of some yogurt enthusiasts, we were divided right off the bat.
Half of us saw no noticeable difference.
The other half found that the probiotic yogurt got things moving in a tasty, healthy way.
We immediately eliminated the fake, chemical sweetness of the two artificially sweetened yogurts.
President’s Choice ended up being first choice with us all; it had a nice texture and a perfect vanilla flavour.
Activia got full points for creamy, smooth and great flavour.
OUR TOP PICK
The President’s Choice brand was the top winner, with Activia coming a close second.