Main types of yoghurt
With yoghurt being as popular as it is, there's a huge market for multiple flavours and types of yoghurt that all have different pros and cons and cater for various diets. There are numerous types of yoghurt on the market and there are too many to sit and list. However, here are the main kinds of yoghurt that are definitely important to note and also the most popular:
Traditional yoghurt has been an incredibly popular and expanding product over the years. It can now be purchased from varying brands and in different flavours. Because of this, you’ll always want to check labels for each type of yoghurt you’re looking at buying, as the sugar, fat and important nutrient information will be different for all yoghurts. Traditional yoghurts containing fruit will always have a higher kilojoule level, but you'll want to look out for those containing processed sugar as this is obviously not part of a healthy diet.
The liquid commonly found on the top of yoghurt is known as whey and is a significantly good form of calcium that you’ll want to mix back into it.
The difference between traditional yoghurt and Greek yoghurt lies in the way the product is processed. Traditional yoghurt is strained twice whereas Greek yoghurt is strained three times, which produces a thicker texture. However, during this straining process the whey is removed and the dairy amount in Greek yoghurt is lessened. Yet it still contains a larger amount of protein and probiotics, continuing to make it a good option. You'll always need to check labels to find out what cultures they have though, as these vary from brand to brand.
Low-fat yoghurt is created using a process similar to traditional yoghurt. The main difference is that the yoghurt is fermented from low-fat, fat-free or skim milk rather than full-cream milk. Therefore, the kilojoule intake from the resulting yoghurts is significantly lower than traditional yoghurts due to their low-fat nature. If you’re trying to lose weight or embrace a healthier diet, look towards low-fat or fat-free yoghurts.
Lactose-free yoghurts are those that have had an enzyme added in order to break down the lactose into simple sugars. This is the type of yoghurt that those with a lactose intolerance tend to steer towards as it allows them to digest the product more easily. However, if you are lactose-intolerant you needn't restrict yourself to lactose-free labelled yoghurts as there are other options such as soy yoghurt made from soy milk and coconut yoghurt made from coconuts.