Friday, 3 July 2015

Which Yoghurt Do I Pick?


Take a walk down the chilled section of your local supermarket and there is an abundance of yoghurt! Low fat yoghurt, organic yoghurt, lactose free yoghurt, vanilla yoghurt, diet yoghurt . . . the list is endless. Commonly marketed as a healthy snack or aimed to increase your calcium intake, why should we eat yoghurt, does it actually have any health benefits and which one should you choose?! The following article will compare and contrast common yoghurts seen at your local supermarket including Mundella, Five:am organic, Chobani, Liddells lactose free, Ski D’lite and So Delicious organic coconut, including comparisons of plain/natural, flavoured and vanilla within each brand.

Studies have shown that regular consumption of yoghurt in a balanced diet assists with weight loss and maintenance. Research has also found that probiotic intake via yoghurt consumption assists to improve immune health leading to decreased infection and severity of the common cold, particularity after prolonged antibiotic consumption. Probiotic ingestion also assists to improve gut and intestinal health, resulting in a reduction in bloating, constipation and diarrhoea. Regular probiotic ingestion is specifically effective in alleviating symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

High in protein to encourage satiety and fullness, yogurt is rich in a range of vitamin and minerals imperative to health, including:

Calcium - healthy bones & teeth, muscle movement, cardiovascular health
Phosphorous – healthy bones & teeth, energy metabolism, acid-base balance
B12 – cell synthesis, nerve cell health, energy metabolism
Riboflavin/B2 – energy metabolism

Mundella Greek Yoghurt
Macronutrients/100g
Natural
Honey
Vanilla
Protein
4.5
2.8
4.3
Fat
8.5
7.7
6.9
Carbohydrate
6.4
13.1
12.2

Five:am Organic
Macronutrients/100g
Natural
Honey + Cinnamon
Vanilla
Protein
5
4.8
4.7
Fat
4.5
5.2
5.1
Carbohydrate
6.1
13.7
11.6



Chobani
Macronutrients/100g
Plain
Mixed Berry
Vanilla
Protein
8.7
8
8.7
Fat
4
1.7
0
Carbohydrate
4.7
12.7
10.7

Liddells Lactose Free Yoghurt
Macronutrients/100g
Plain
Strawberry
Protein
4.5
3.8
Fat
2.9
2.5
Carbohydrate
10
12.2

Ski D’lite Yoghurt
Macronutrients/100g
Honey
Smashed Berry
Vanilla
Protein
4.9
5
4.9
Fat
1
1
1
Carbohydrate
16.8
15.1
14.9

So Delicious Organic Coconut Greek Style Yoghurt
Macronutrients/100g
Plain
Strawberry
Vanilla
Protein
1.7
1.7
1.7
Fat
4.2
3.8
3.8
Carbohydrate
18.7
21
22.9


Through the comparison of varied yoghurt brands and flavours we can see that natural or plain yoghurt displays the lowest figures in terms of fat and sugar, amongst high figures of protein. These figures translate to a healthy food option that will keep you fuller for longer, without added sugars causing blood sugar spikes increasing your risks of inflammation and a range of health conditions. At Naed Nutrition we recommend pot set yoghurts as the healthiest yoghurt option, this is because the yoghurt is fermented in the pot/tub it is sold in and is therefore nutritionally rich, Mundella and Jalna are popular brands available in your local supermarket, which also contain high amount of probiotics. To add sweetness and flavor to natural or plain yoghurt simply add fresh fruit or berries, along with nuts and seeds for additional fibre, antioxidants, protein and good fats for a healthy satisfying snack!



Sarah Campbell