What should you look for in a yoghurt?


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What should you look for in a yoghurt?

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If there is one section of the supermarket that is particularly difficult to navigate it would have to be the yoghurts. It seems each week there are more and more varieties to pick from. Yoghurt is an extremely nutritious food – packed full of protein, calcium, vitamins and minerals with many containing probiotics to help support gut health. It is a great nutrient boost to most diets as long as you pick the right one. So here is an easy guide to help steer you towards the best yoghurt for your body and an opportunity to introduce you to one of my favourite yoghurts, Activia. Not only does Activia tick the box for all of my key nutrient requirements but it tastes great, making it a weekly regular in my shopping trolley. 

1. Look for No Added Sugar

While yoghurt is generally a very healthy food, some varieties can also contain plenty of added sugar. While dairy foods including yoghurt do contain some naturally occurring sugars called lactose, the real issue with yoghurts, especially flavoured varieties is that they can contain as much as 20-30g of sugars per serve. For this reason paying close attention to food labels and looking for yoghurts that contain No Added Sugars is an easy way you can ensure you are choosing healthier varieties. One of my favourite fruit based yoghurts is Activia which has No Added Sugars in both their natural or fruit ranges, nor any artificial sweeteners, making them a great option nutritionally especially if you prefer fruit based yoghurt.

2. Look out for artificial sweeteners

One of the ways yoghurts can be sweetened without the use of sugar is via sweeteners, both natural and artificial. The issue with artificial sweeteners is that they tend to be significantly sweeter than natural sweeteners that may program our taste buds to seek out more sweet food. For this reason seeking out yoghurts that do not contain artificial sweeteners is a positive step to take in keeping our food intake as wholesome and natural as possible.

3. Make sure they contain the right probiotics

Not all yoghurts contain probiotics – the tiny, tiny microorganisms may help to keep our gut healthy and support digestion. Of the yoghurts that do contain probiotics, there are few varieties that clearly state the type, amount and research base to support the probiotics they contain. It is important to know that there are literally thousands of different probiotic strains and to assist gut health we need them in the right amounts and able to make it through the digestive tract. One of the yoghurts I frequently recommend as it contains the exclusive probiotic, Bifidus Actiregularis, is Activia, which has been scientifically proven to survive through the stomach so it actually reaches the intestine so you can be assured your body will reap the digestive benefits. I also love that this brand also offers an 80ml shot style version which contains a massive 8.5 billion of these special probiotics. 

4. Seek out calcium

The Australian Health Survey found that up to 9/10 women in Australia fail to reach their recommended daily intakes of calcium, especially in late adolescents and for women over the age of 50. Yoghurt can be a rich daily source of calcium and significantly contribute to the recommended intakes of 1000mg per day. 

5. Watch your calories

Controlling our serving sizes on a daily basis is one of the easiest ways we can control our overall calorie intake. Like all foods yoghurts can come in particular large serving sizes and equate to as many as 300 calories in a single serving. A single 125g serve of Activia yoghurt contains just 100 calories so you can get all the benefits of a rich probiotic yoghurt with No Added Sugar minus any extra calories.

*By consuming a 250g serving a day during 4 weeks as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. 

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