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In addition to its excellent supply of calcium, phosphorous and protein, yogurt is also considered a "functional food," a product that may prevent disease risk, because of the healthy live bacteria ("probiotics") it contains. When selecting a yogurt, the healthier option is often one that is made with low- or non-fat milk as opposed to whole as this reduces the calories and saturated fat of the yogurt. The sugar content is also an important aspect to consider. Lactose, the natural sugar found in milk, is converted to lactic acid when milk is fermented to yogurt. Some products have added sugars (high fructose corn syrup, sucrose, fructose, etc.), however, to add additional sweetness. While these sugars are fine in moderation, they are not as "natural" as the sugar found in milk or fruit (if fruit is added to yogurt, it will raise the sugar content-- do not be alarmed.).
Call me weird but I love the creamy taste of goat milk in this yogurt-- it is like no other I've had!
Chobani is a classic Greek yogurt-- good but definitely better with mix-ins.
For the Plain variety, there are 100 cals in a 6 oz. Being a Greek yogurt, Chobani has an excellent protein content of a whopping 18g. 7g sugar, 20% DV for Calcium.
Again, being a Greek yogurt (where the whey is strained off), Oikos is thick and creamy and yummy.
Only 80 cals in the Plain variety (though a slightly smaller 5.3 oz. container). It has high protein content at 15 g. 6 g sugar, 20% DV Calcium.
This funky strained yogurt comes in cool flavors like acai and mixed berry, orange and ginger, and pomegranate and passion fruit. I can only judge based off the plain, and it was way too thick (think peanut butter in yogurt form).
The Plain has only 80 calories with 15g of protein. Only 4g sugar with no added sugars. 17% DV Calcium.
I LOVE the creamy texture of this yogurt and the fruit added on the bottom.
A 6 oz. blueberry (fruit on the bottom) has 120 calories and 6 g protein. 20g sugar (keep in mind this is partially from the natural fruit added but natural sugar (sucrose) is also added), 25% DV Calcium.
Not my favorite of the Greeks, but just fine with some granola, honey, etc.
The plain (6 oz.) has 100 calories and a high 18g of protein. 7g sugars (no added), 20% DV Calcium.
Here's a recipe I've tested and love for a delicious dill dipping sauce made from Greek yogurt. It's great on veggies, meat, you name it. Enjoy! (scroll to the bottom)
Shake it Like a Salt Shaker
Be a health nut
Other notable benefits of this nut include its high percentage of the "healthy fat," omega-6 polyunsaturated fat, that may help ward off heart disease. Like most all nuts, this also means that brazil nuts are calorically dense coming in at just under 200 calories for 1 oz. (a small handful). They are also high in saturated fat. Only a couple at most are therefore sufficient in providing their benefits.
If anyone has any brazil nut recipes, please share!
Nutrition information for brazil nuts: