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Yogart- Low fat or Light?

I eat a lot of yogart and usually eat the regular low-fat variety that contains up to 250 calories depending on the size of the container (it varies by brand). Recently I tried a yoplait light yogart that is only 100 calories. It is noticably more watery but still very good. Then I looked at the ingredients list and found out it contains aspertaine (an artificial sweetener). Is it better to eat the low-fat and accept the extra calories, or is it better to get less calories but eat the same sweetner that people say isn't that great? I know there is some controversy about the sweetner because diet soda has it too. Which is better in the long run?

Wed. Aug 9, 11:35pm

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I would stay away from artifical sweetners best you can if "health" is what your aim is. The less ingredients in your yogurt the better! look for ones that have just milk/skim or otherwise and "active live cultures" in the ingredients. Have you tried Fage yogurt? It's a greek style yogurt you can buy at Trader Joes. It's plain, but if you add some berries or pineapple to it-it's sweet with those natural sugars and you don't need to eat a lot of it.

read labels, avoid high fructose corn syrup and high sugar content in general . . .otherwise yogurt become a "treat" rather than a health food.

Thursday, August 10, 2006, 12:56 AM

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a lowfat variety that contains 250 calories?! I'm assuming that it's an 8oz container. I eat a full fat yogurt occassionally with that many calories and does a good job of satiating the mid-morning munches for 260 calories @ 8oz (TJ's greek style yogurt - apricot mango or fig).It's mostly polyunsaturated fats. I would agree with the other poster and suggest staying away from yogurts with a laundry list of ingredients. Start checking labels....many of them, even different flavors of the same brand. Because for some reason the strawberry flavor of the TJ brand that I like is 320 cals, which I'm inclined to stay away from. :)

Thursday, August 10, 2006, 1:36 AM

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Try to find a yogurt that doesn't have ~high fructose corn syrup~ as one of the main ingredients! If that's not possible, find one where it is listed further down the list of ingredients. HFCS may be the biggest reason behind the obesity problem in the U.S.

Thursday, August 10, 2006, 8:08 AM

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I've had great success cutting calories, and not really watching where they come from except to evaluate how full they keep me. If the 250-cal one keeps you full for 2.5 times as long as the 100-cal one, then I'd say they're equal. If it's less time, then I'd say the 100-cal one is better, and if it's more, then the 250-cal one is better.

I'd probably take the 100-cal yogurt, and add about 100 cals of granola and 50 cals of berries, and make it a real 250-cal treat. I'd guess that'd be more filling than the 250 cal yogurt. But I'm not sure

Honestly, I eat the Dannon carb-friendly variety, which is 6oz, I think, and 60 calories total. It's made with Splenda. And I add to it, oatmeal or granola or cereal, plus berries, etc. I love it! I can't imagine "spending" 250 calories on just yogurt, but I'm very short and my daily calorie allowance just isn't high enough for that.

Thursday, August 10, 2006, 10:34 AM

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I'll put in my recommendation for the Trader Joe's Fage greek yogurt as well. If you get the plain and add some fruit, or a dollop of honey, it's plenty tasty! I usually get the 2%, but the fat free is good too. The texture is amazing, and what makes this yogurt different! It doesn't have any nasty add in's, and my body can't tolerate any artificial sweeteners, even splenda.

Thursday, August 10, 2006, 11:17 AM

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the fage yogurt is awesome! it is available in many stores, not just trader joes. i mix in some fresh berries when i prefer a little more than plain yogurt. the texture is fabulous!

Thursday, August 10, 2006, 11:51 AM

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I count straight calories and I try to keep my snacks under 150 - I couldn't justify a 250 calorie container of yogurt in my plan and for 150 I could eat the entire container of Yoplait plus a decent amount of strawberries or blueberries whereas I could only eat a few bites of the regular yogurt. Aspartame is one of the most studied, scrutinized chemical compounds in use and I have no problem consuming it just like I would consume anyything else - within reason and in moderation.

Thursday, August 10, 2006, 12:32 PM

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i advocate for "Liberte'" brand fancy french canadian yogourt with grains (yes, spelled like that, pretentious...) in pear flavor, or any of the others... they're not too sweet, they're creamy, delicious and the grains give it a nice little crunchyness, though strangely no fiber... 160 cals

Thursday, August 10, 2006, 3:50 PM

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Aspartame made me feel kind of dizzy and tired when I ate it. I have had no problems with Splenda. I think some of these yogurt companies need to get with the program, and start using Splenda.

Monday, June 16, 2008, 5:26 AM

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Buy the FAT free one which is naturally. If it is natural it won't contain any kind of sugar. Greek style yoghurt is what i usually go for.
And another question: Is it yoghurt or yogurt? It certainly isn't yogart :)

Monday, June 16, 2008, 8:47 AM

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Plain non fat yogurt with a dash of stevia and frozen berries. Whirr it in the blender for a few seconds...maybe add a little water and you have something that tastes great....low cal, no fat and the sweetner is close to natural (stevia is a plant). Your can use a little honey or table sugar if you don't want stevia. All it takes is a little.

Monday, June 16, 2008, 12:26 PM

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Greek style yogurt is really easy to make from plain fat free or low fat yogurt made in America (I'm not against imports - but - really? Do we need to ship yogurt all that way? Think of the energy expended!)

Simply dollop your yogurt into a coffee filter lining a colander or sieve, refrigerate overnight - and Viola! Greek yogurt! If you leave longer, it gets really stiff - mix with some salt, and you have yogurt cheese.

Or I thicken my quarts of yogurt - make sure they don't have any thickeners added - by making a hole in the middle, all the way to the bottom (before stirring.) In the morning, pour off the whey which collects in the hole - and you'll have thickened yogurt!

Monday, June 16, 2008, 3:08 PM

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I'm a big fan of Stoneyfield Low Fat. They also have fat free, but it ups the sodium. Pick your poison...

Monday, June 16, 2008, 3:40 PM

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