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Yogurt...regular, lowfat, or nonfat?

I was in Wholefoods tonight and decided that I want to eat yogurt. I generally am not a dairy consumer with the one exception..ice cream. Anyway, I looked at the information panel and wasn't sure what the better alternative was. Meaning, either I eat the more fat with very low 6 grams of sugar OR the no fat and like 28 grams of sugar. I just can't tolerate the taste of these artificial sweetners ( I actually am one of those people that will just stop eating the items if they taste bad to me...less fat or not) and that is another reason I am posting this question. My friends do the nonfat nutrasweet, aspartame yogurts...but I just don't want to put those in my body...but more so I hate that weird after taste! So, ZERO FAT and 28 grams of sugar...or 60 calories from fat and 9 grams of sugar?
Any other suggestions? (I actually currently eat the whole yogurt and wanted to see if there was a healthier alternative since I like to eat it in the morning with grapes)


Tue. May 15, 12:17am

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Plus, I hate the chalky texture that low fat and nonfat yogurt has.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007, 12:18 AM

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I think it depends on how much fat you're getting into your diet already without the yogurt. I actually don't consume much fat at all, so I get the regular (although I keep a few containers of the non-fat on hand as well in case I crave yogurt on a particularly high fat day). But I love the taste and texture of the regular yogurt and even though it still has fat in it, it's still much better for you than eating a pint of ice cream! :)

Tuesday, May 15, 2007, 6:34 AM

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I buy based on calorie total. Higher fat, lower sugar will keep you full for longer than higher sugar, no fat. So, if they were the same number of calories, I'd go for the higher fat. Fat is not inherently bad for you; you just need to get the good fats. But if something has a bit of fat, so I know it'll keep me full for longer, I'll always choose that over the sugar spike. (And no, I'm not a low-carb-er. I just don't like being hungry, and I count calories.)

Tuesday, May 15, 2007, 10:31 AM

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I think that if you pay attention to portion size you will do fine with full-fat yogurts. The key is that a "regular" portion of full-fat yogurt should be half the size of a nonfat portion -- what we tend to think of as a kid's size. Those "yo-baby" ones are a good adult full-fat yogurt size!

I don't buy pre-sweetened yogurt. I get the organic nonfat plain. It's great for a sour cream substitute in cooking, and if I want a nonfat yogurt dessert I stir in a tablespoonful of homemade jam -- no HFCS or aspartame, and it's not tooooo sweet. But for a dessert treat, I definitely go with a small serving of full-fat fruit yogurt.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007, 11:10 AM

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Thanks everyone for the info.
Yeah, I was told by "friends" that I should be eating the fat free ones...but I agree with you all that in moderation I'd rather eat my organic whole plain yogurt instead of the artificial sweetened NON fat ones.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007, 11:54 AM

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This is greatly informative...I never realized this!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007, 11:56 AM

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Fage greek yogurt tastes great and has good texture in all versions, full fat, 2% and non-fat. I usually just add a dollop of honey or some fresh fruit and it's still so creamy, even with the non-fat. Available at trader joes and other stores. Just look for it!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007, 12:20 PM

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I just came home with the low fat version...I hated it :-(
So, I mixed it with my whole yogurt this morning.
Why does it taste chalky or grainy to me?
Not smooth at all.

OK. I am weird maybe?!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007, 1:18 PM

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I dont think it tastes chacky at all but maybe I am just wierd

Wednesday, May 16, 2007, 2:19 AM

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Non fat yogurts

I've always heard from the doctors on tv that Non fat items tend to have allot of starches to thicken them up and the starch turns to sugar which turns to fat.... I tend to avoid the non fat items for the most part and still lose weight when doing so...

Like the one person said, if the fat helps you stay full longer, I tend not to get that hungry wanna binge feeling...

Wednesday, June 04, 2008, 8:33 AM

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Silk soy yogurt is amazing. I love to put it in smoothies or eat it plain.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008, 8:56 AM

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where do you get your silk soy yogurt? I have never found that in my reg. grocery store.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008, 12:17 PM

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I like Dannon Light&Fit

They are tasty, not to gelatinous, good flavors, non fat, low sugar, only 60 calories a serving, and a nice modest size.
I eat one of these with some kashi go lean crunch 3 or so days a week for breakfast, perfect!

Wednesday, June 04, 2008, 12:25 PM

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I really like non-fat yogurt but I'm not a picky eater at all... It doesn't seem chalky to me like other posters have said. My adviceis to get what you like and if it's a full fat version just watch your portions!

Wednesday, June 04, 2008, 2:04 PM

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I on the other hand, don't like even the low fat yogurts, let alone the full fat ones, unless they are sweet - and eaten as an occasional dessert! I don't like the feel of the fat in my mouth! I do think however that you need to try several kinds, to find the ones you like! They can taste very different! I read the ingredient list and look for those with milk and culture only - nothing else. Then I add fresh or frozen fruit, or occasionally honey or nuts - keeping it clean and healthy.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008, 10:11 PM

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I dont know if anyone is interested, but I make my own plain yoghurt. No machine involved. Take a carton of UHT milk (not sure what you call that in US, its long life milk) the one with the screw top is better. Add 6-8 tsps of regular plain yoghurt. Squeeze the air out, and replace the cap. Roll carton up in black garbage bag and leave in the sun for the day. The following day you have delicious creamy yoghurt, and you can use that yoghurt for your next carton and so on and so on. Its cheaper too! When the sun is weak, i first wrap the carton in tinfoil, and then the garbage bag.

Thursday, June 05, 2008, 3:20 AM

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12:17: I buy Silk soy yogurt at Walmart! My area is really big on soy products, so even Walmart has dairy-free options.

Thursday, June 05, 2008, 9:59 AM

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