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Yoghurt 101: A simple guide to understanding yoghurt

Eating healthy is the trend. Everybody is doing it so you decide to join the crowd. You’ve made the decision to incorporate yoghurt into your diet because it seems to be what healthy people are doing. With extreme motivation, you head straight to the dairy section at your local supermarket and before you know it, you’ve already been standing there for 5 minutes, wondering why we need such a large variety for our digestions and why the Greeks are so influential for our yoghurt intake.

Considering the variety of options out there in the market, choosing the right yoghurt for your diet can be slightly confusing. To help you out, we’ve summed up some of the common types of yoghurt so you know exactly what you need and to save you some time at your next visit to the dairy aisle.

So first, what is yoghurt?

Yoghurt is simply milk and good bacteria. Bacterial cultures are added to milk for fermentation, which gives the yoghurt its unique sour taste and thickened texture. It is high in protein, is a great source of calcium and is filled with probiotics which makes it wonderful for your digestive system. Yoghurt is commonly produced with cow’s milk, but other kinds of milk such as goat, sheep, or soy milk yoghurts are also available.

Regular yoghurt

Regular yoghurt is the product of bacterial fermentation process. Milk is heated and cooled to a certain temperature before bacterial cultures are added. The mixture produces lactic acid that generates its taste and texture. Regular yoghurt is good on its own as well as for recipes.

Try this: Village Dairy Natural Yoghurt

The natural yoghurt is the brand’s best selling product. It has a delicious creamy texture, is suitable for vegetarians, good for recipes, and contains no artificials, sugar, Gluten or Gelatine. A great go-to product and a staple for your fridge.

Greek yoghurt

Greek yoghurt is regular yoghurt that is strained to remove liquid, whey and lactose, giving it a thick and almost solid texture. It contains more protein and saturated fat compared to regular yoghurt, but less sodium and carbohydrate. It can also be used as a healthier substitute for sour cream or mayonnaise.

Try this: Village Dairy Thick & Creamy Greek Style Yoghurt

The Greek style yoghurt is perfect for making dips and also tastes great with fruits. It is suitable for vegetarians, good for recipes, and contains no artificials, flavours, sugar, Gluten or Gelatine. Sounds perfect for a healthy and delicious treat.

Organic yoghurt

Yoghurt is organic when the milk used to make it comes from organically fed cows; specifically, cows that are fed with non GMO feed and not treated with antibiotics or growth hormones. Milk from organically fed cows was found to contain more Beta carotene, vitamin E, conjugated Linoleic acid and omega 3, but may contain less minerals selenium and iodine than regular milk.

Try this: Village Dairy Organic Natural Yoghurt

The organic yoghurt taste just like regular yoghurt but contains 50% more fatty acids. It is made up of 100% pasture fed cow milk, has a delicious creamy texture, is suitable for vegetarians and contains no artificials, sugar, Gluten or Gelatine. Happy cows make happy milk after all.

Drinking yoghurt

Drinking yoghurt is made from yoghurt and reduced milk solids. They are watery in texture and are available in a variety of flavours. Popular types of yoghurt beverages are keffir and lassi.

Try this: Village Dairy Mango Lassi

The sweet and creamy smoothie-like yoghurt drink is best served chilled, making it perfect for hot summer days. It is suitable for vegetarians and contains no artificials, Gluten or Gelatine. This yoghurt drink comes with nutritional benefits with a flavour that kids will love.

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