Dr Oz: Shopper’s Guide To Buying Yogurt
With the help of food experts chef Rocco DiSpirito, food critic and author Larry Olmsted, and celebrity chef and reality TV star Roble Ali, Dr Oz dove deep into the world of food and the supermarket. First, they looked closely at fish and seafood, then moved on to help consumers find the right kind of yogurt for them. If you’ve looked at the yogurt options available at the grocery, there’s a good chance you’ve felt overwhelmed.
Rocco first wanted to break the different kinds of yogurt down by its country of origin. There’s a lot of information out there about Greek yogurt and its benefits, but could there be an even better option available? Greek yogurt is strained and protein dense, and takes about 3 quarts of milk to make one quart of yogurt. Icelandic yogurt is just like Greek yogurt, except four quarts are used to make one quart of yogurt, which means it’s even more protein dense. Icelandic yogurt has the most protein and the least amount of sugar. However, Icelandic yogurt is pretty thick, which is why Icelandic people consider it a cheese.
Then there’s Australian yogurt which is unstrained and made with whole milk then infused with honey. It’s thinner and sweeter, but obviously higher in sugar. In terms of nutrition, Rocco liked Icelandic yogurt the most.
Dr Oz: Dairy-Free Yogurt + Drinkable Kefir
In addition to country of origin, there are are differences in terms of sources when it comes to yogurt. There are actually dairy-free alternatives to traditional yogurt, including soy, almond, and coconut milk yogurt. You can also buy drinkable yogurt, but most of them you’re better off avoiding. They tend to be loaded with sweeteners and additives you don’t want in your diet. The one drinkable yogurt that you are okay to enjoy is kefir. It’s fermented, not strained, and has the texture of cream or thick milk. Kefir usually has more diverse probiotics than yogurt, and the more diverse probiotics, the healthier the drink.
When it comes to buying yogurt, it’s important to read the label. First, make sure the yogurt is made from milk and then check for live cultures, because those are necessary. Second, be sure to look at the amount of sugar and try to avoid added sugar completely and attempt to keep the number below 18 or even 12 if you can.
But what if you’re looking for a new milk to try? Dr Oz wanted to find out if new non-dairy milks could win over some picky dairy farmers.
Dr Oz: Hemp VS Pistachio VS Pea Milk
As for what makes a perfect glass of milk, the farmers were very clear about the desire to have a cold, smooth drink of milk that doesn’t leave an after-taste. One farmer admitted that he’d never even tried non-dairy milk before. Rocco first wanted the farmers to try hemp milk because at less than $4 a quart, it’s the cheapest. It’s full of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which means it’s good for you without a high calorie count.
Then there was pistachio milk, the newest addition to the non-dairy milk family, which is the most expensive of the options at nearly $6 for 12 ounces. However, pistachio milk tends to be sweetened with dates instead of sugar and because pistachios are such a healthy nut, it’s definitely good for you. Finally there was pea milk which has eight times the protein of almond milk with 50% more calcium than whole milk.
Hilariously, all three farmers wouldn’t choose any of them if they had another option, but if they absolutely had to choose one, it seemed that pistachio milk was on top, although one did like the pea milk.