Yogurt: 5 criteria by which to choose a really healthy one

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Yogurt. Many people consume it for breakfast or as a mid-day snack. There are many types: lean, with fruit, to drink, with cereals to be added at the moment, etc. But what are the criteria for choosing a quality yogurt?

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Yogurt. Many people consume it for breakfast or as a mid-day snack. There are many types: lean, with fruit, to drink, with cereals to be added at the moment, etc. But what are the criteria for choosing one yogurt quality?





Often, by eating a yougurt Cup, you are convinced you are making a healthy choice over other types of foods and snacks but this is not always true. Beyond how you think about milk (is it good? Is it bad?) There are certainly some things to watch out for to buy a yogurt that is worthy of the name.

Here then the most important criteria for choosing it best:

Index

ZUCCHERO

We already consume too much sugar and, as we know, it is not a good thing. So better than yogurt does not contain added sugars (milk already has its own quantity of it). So be careful to read the label carefully, avoiding buying products where in the list of ingredients there is not only sugar but also fructose, glucose syrup, dextrose, etc.

Read also: IN SOME YOGURT THERE IS MORE SUGAR THAN IN SNACKS

ADDED FRUIT

Fruit flavored yogurts are preferred by most of the people. The problem is that these products are rich in sugars and flavors and contain less lactic ferments. Also often these are "fruit preparations", in which there is actually a very low percentage of the original fruit. Better to choose a plain yogurt to which add fresh fruit at the moment seasonal pieces, dried fruit, coffee, honey, chocolate or other.

WHOLE

Many people choose to consume low-fat yogurt to avoid most of the fat contained in this food. The problem is that fat is often eliminated on the one hand, but sugars, fruit preparations or other ingredients are added to make yogurt appetizing. Better then to choose one whole yogurt and consume it perhaps in moderation. A good alternative is also Greek yogurt which has the advantage of being almost lactose-free which makes it more digestible even for those who are intolerant of it.



Read also: GREEK YOGURT: PROPERTIES, PECULIARITIES AND USES

BIOLOGICAL

As always, but even more so when it comes to food of animal origin, it is good to choose products from organic farming. In this way you will have a purer yogurt in which there are no pesticides or other chemicals used for raising livestock and growing their feed. But unfortunately not always organic is synonymous with quality, So check the label carefully and choose a yogurt natural white, without sugar or other added substances.

PROBIOTICS

A yogurt that is made with cow's milk or other types of vegetable "milk" should indicate on the label the presence of live and active lactic ferments. Therefore, check that they are actually listed in the list of ingredients which in truth, in a good quality yogurt, should be limited to two simple ingredients: whole milk and live lactic ferments (whether they are Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Streptococcus thermophilus or Bifidobacterium bifidum).



However, the best choice remains that of self-produce your own yogurt starting from organic milk and a pot of ready-made yogurt or lactic ferments. It will undoubtedly be a fresher and more probiotic-rich product. Here how.

Read also: HOME MADE YOGURT: GOOD, ECOLOGICAL AND DIET

If you prefer instead opt for a soy yogurt, try our recipe to prepare it at home.

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