5 Tips for Choosing Healthy Yogurt

Explore the wide world of yogurt to find the healthiest picks.

5 Tips for Choosing Healthy Yogurt

Ever find yourself lost and overwhelmed by all the options in the yogurt aisle? You’re not alone. With so many different brands, flavors, and styles, it’s hard to know which ones are genuinely healthy and which ones are only masquerading as wholesome choices. As part of our Ultimate Supermarket Takeover, we are separating fact from fiction so you can make the best choices for you and your family.

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Consider the Country of Origin

While Greek yogurt is a reputable choice, you may want to go with Icelandic yogurt (also known as skyr), if eating enough protein is your concern. Icelandic yogurt is made similarly to the Greek style, by straining yogurt so that the sugary whey can be discarded and a thicker, more protein-dense finished product is left behind. However, Icelandic yogurt is strained even longer than the Greek variety, so it has the highest protein and lowest sugar of any yogurt. If you want to go a different route, Australian yogurt is unstrained, but made with whole milk and stirred with honey for natural sweetness.

More: Greek Yogurt Cheat Sheet

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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