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New research suggests whole-milk yogurt could be a healthier option

Posted August 31

New research about fat might change the minds of people who think low-fat breakfast options are the best way to start the day.

The research suggests foods like whole-milk yogurt might be a better choice than its low-fat counterpart. Nine-year-old Hudson devours the yogurt parfaits his parents make him.

They use higher fat, whole-milk yogurt, which might be associated with a healthier weight as Hudson ages.

“Several studies among children do suggest that eating whole-fat dairy is associated with less weight gain over time than eating low-fat dairy," said Consumer Reports Health Editor Julia Calderone.

For adults, some research suggests the level of triglycerides, a type of fat, might be at a lower, healthier level in people who eat higher fat products instead of the low-fat options.

Consumer Reports says that flavored yogurts have added ingredients that can add calories, though, so check the ingredients. For example, the six-ounce Brown Cow Strawberry Whole Milk Yogurt has about seven teaspoons of naturally occurring and added sugars.

Those seven teaspoons are almost as much as a six-ounce serving of strawberry Haagen Dazs ice cream.

To minimize added sugars, Consumer Reports recommends starting with a plain yogurt and adding honey and fruit.

Two good choices for taste are the Whole Foods 365 Everyday Value and Trader Joe’s Organic Plain Whole Milk Yogurt. They're also among the most reasonably priced of the yogurts tested by Consumer Reports.

Another thing to look for in whole-milk yogurt is saturated fat.

Consumer Reports also recommends looking for products made with milk from grass-fed cows, which can have more of the good fat than from grain-fed cows. To verify the claim, look for “American grassfed” or “PCO certified 100 percent grassfed” on the label.

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