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Enjoy Some Yogurt During June, National Dairy Month

Have you noticed all the different kinds of yogurt in many grocery stores?
Enjoy Some Yogurt During June, National Dairy Month

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Some yogurt is labeled “Greek-style” while other brands are “custard-style,” “blended” or “whipped.” Some yogurt is found in ready-to-eat tubes and other yogurt is found in small cartons. Other yogurt package labels include the words “live and active cultures” or “probiotics.”

What does all of this mean?

  • Greek-style yogurt is thicker and creamier than regular yogurt because it is strained. It often is higher in protein, so it makes a satisfying snack.
  • Custard-style, blended or whipped are terms that refer to the texture of the yogurt. Custard-style yogurt is creamy, while blended yogurt usually has fruit pieces mixed in. Whipped yogurt is “airy” and light in texture.
  • “Live and active cultures” means that the yogurt contains “good bacteria” that give yogurt its usual texture and flavor.
  • Probiotics is another name for the live bacteria in yogurt and some other foods. Eating foods containing probiotics may have some health benefits.

Nutrient-rich Yogurt

Yogurt is an excellent source of calcium, potassium and protein. These nutrients help keep your bones and muscles strong. Some people who cannot digest lactose (natural milk sugar) can consume yogurt because the lactose has been broken  down by the cultures. Be sure to read the Nutrition Facts labels when selecting yogurt. Some types of yogurt are higher in  calories, fat and/or sweeteners.

Tip: Cut fat and calories using plain, nonfat Greek-style or regular yogurt in place of sour cream or mayonnaise in veggie dip  recipes or as a topping on baked potatoes.

Keep Yogurt and Other Dairy Foods Cold

To maintain quality and safety, store yogurt in your refrigerator at 40 degrees or below. You can freeze the tubes of yogurt for a kid-friendly snack.

Save Some Money

Sometimes buying larger-sized containers or store-brand yogurt can save you money. Be sure to compare the unit cost  (price per ounce). Often you can find this information at the front of the cooler, or you can calculate it yourself. Bringing a  small calculator to the grocery store can help you spot bargains!

Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Featured in Food Wise June 2013 newsletter (PDF)

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