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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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