How to choose natural yoghurt
First, a few landmarks. This is how a label of industrial yoghurt should look like that pretends to be natural.
1. Expiration date: ideally, five to seven days, maximum - 30-35 days.
2. Amount of beneficial microflora: on the label should be two phrases: "The content of lactic acid bacteria is not less than 10 * 7 CFU / g at the end of shelf life"; "The content of bifidobacteria is not less than 10 * 6 CFU / g at the end of the shelf life." If the degree is higher, even better, but this is rare.
3. Composition: ideally, only whole or normalized milk and bacteria. The longer the composition, the worse. Stabilizers, flavors, colors, flavors, skimmed milk powder, sugar - all this reduces the usefulness of yogurt. The optimal carbohydrate content is 4-6 g per 100 g of product.
In order to practice reading labels, I propose to study our rating of industrial yogurts - from the best (No. 1) to the worst (No. 5).
No. 1: Dairy product "Bifidus" natural
The composition on the label: whole milk, milk protein, lactic acid bacteria, bifidobacteria.
The number of lactic acid microorganisms at the end of the shelf life of the product: not less than 10 * 7 CFU / g.
The number of bifidobacteria at the end of the shelf life of the product: not less than 10 * 6 CFU / g
Nutritional value per 100 g: proteins 3.8 g, fat 3.5 g, carbohydrate 4.3 g
Energy value of the product: 64 kcal.
Shelf life: 34 days.
Impeccable composition - nothing but milk and the right bacteria. Indicators for microorganisms meet the standards of natural yogurt. Plus, they are indicated exactly at the end of the shelf life of the product - this is important, because the more time passes, the less they remain. I like the light sour taste of this yoghurt and a balanced composition - ideal for summer breakfasts, afternoon snacks and a dietary ration.
№2: “Natural nonfat thermostat yoghurt”
The composition on the label: skimmed milk, skimmed milk powder, yoghurt starter.
The number of lactic acid microorganisms: not less than 10 * 7 CFU / g.
Nutritional value per 100 g: proteins 3.28 g, fat 0 g, carbohydrates 4.39 g
Energy value of the product: 31 kcal.
Shelf life: five days.
The word "thermostat" means that the yogurt was prepared using the thermostat method. It is good because it does not allow the use of chemistry and sugar. The shelf life - only five days - serves as a guarantee that the majority of beneficial microflora will remain at the time of use. The indicators for bacteria are high, but there are no words "at the end of shelf life." This means that the manufacturer is not responsible for this. The taste is neutral, with a slightly pronounced pleasant sourness, suitable as a gas station. The lack of fat in this yogurt is an argument for those who watch cholesterol or lose weight.