The options for yogurt in the grocery department abound these days.
Here is our primer to increase your know-how about — and enjoyment of — this cool, creamy delight that you can have just about any time of day.
What, exactly, is yogurt?
Yogurt is a cool, creamy concoction that results from bacterially fermenting milk. The bacteria used to make it are known as yogurt cultures. These cultures ferment lactose, a sugar found in milk, yielding lactic acid. Then the lactic acid reacts with the milk protein, creating the taste and texture we know as yogurt.
What sort of milk is used to make yogurt?
Yogurt is most commonly made from cow’s milk. But milk from all sorts of animals is used in different parts of the world, including goats, water buffalo, camels and more. And these days you can also find non-dairy yogurts made from soy milk, coconut milk, rice milk or almond milk.
There are so many kinds lined up in Roche Bros.’ dairy aisle? How do you tell the difference between them?
Greek-style yogurt has been strained to remove the whey, which is the milk serum that remains after yogurt has been curdled. This results in a yogurt that has a richer texture but retains the characteristic sour taste, a combination that’s become more and more popular over the past few years. Try it in all sorts of fruit flavors.
Check out Nostimo, a Roche Bros. exclusive brand, made in the rolling hills of upstate New York with five live active cultures and no artificial preservatives, colors, fat or gluten. Other favorites include Chobani, made with natural ingredients and no preservatives, and Fage, developed in Greece.
Noosa, a super-premium dessert-style yogurt, is made with milk from Morning Fresh Dairy, right on site at their farm in Bellvue, Colorado. Family-owned and operated since 1894, Morning Fresh is locally renowned for the sweet, rich, all natural milk their happy cows produce. Why are their cows so happy? All of them graze on open pasture at least 90 days per year, and the rest of the time, dine on home-grown grain, silage and alfalfa to ensure the highest quality feed without the use of harmful pesticides. Morning Fresh milk is free of artificial growth hormones (rBGH) and artificial preservatives. And this special yogurt is sweetened with local honey from Colorado’s Beeyond the Hive.
Made in Canada, Liberté Méditerranée Yogurt delivers gourmet yogurt with fruit on the bottom. Méditerranée yogurt is made from milk and cream, with a texture that’s often considered the richest and creamiest on the market. It’s probiotic, which means it contains microorganisms to help with digestion, and it’s exceptionally creamy, with 7 to 10% fat and neither gelatin nor sugar substitutes.
Organic yogurt brands
Organic yogurt is made with milk that comes from cows that are never treated with antibiotics, never given growth hormones, and there are never genetically modified organisms involved. These happy cows are kept healthy with a wholesome organic diet and fresh air, leading to healthier yogurt for your family.
Take home some delicious organic yogurt from Horizon Organic, Stonyfield or Wallaby.
And if you eat dairy-free, try Stonyfield’s O’Soy Yogurt. Made with organic soy milk, this yogurt is great for people with dairy allergies or a lactose intolerance.
Other popular brands
Many popular yogurt brands have all many choices to suit every lifestyle.
Dannon offers options in all sorts of fruit flavors, as well as Light & Fit Non-Fat Yogurt to control carb and sugar intake, and Activia, made with Dannon’s exclusive probiotic culture.
Yoplait offers everything from Thick and Creamy to Fat-Free to Mousse.
At Roche Bros., there is a yogurt fit for every taste and style.