What are the best yogurt brands to buy at the store?
In the small desert town where I live, there’s about two or three suitable yogurt brands now being carried by our local grocer. Recently, they even started carrying my favorite brand, which is my favorite because it has more live and active cultures of any other brand, and is also organic.
I am not a fan of low-fat, nonfat, or anything added to my yogurt that isn’t fresh. Also, since I like to add something different to it nearly every day for variety sake, and I like it to give me sustained mental energy, the best yogurt for me is plain whole milk yogurt.
I think the best yogurt only contains whole milk, and live and active cultures (look for the LAC seal), and nothing else. Most people that are not from the U.S. will tell you that American yogurt is uniquely American. It’s nothing like the cultured diary products found in other parts of the world. It’s sweet, it’s chalky and it has a lot of “other things” in there.
Yogurt Everyday approved yogurt brands are:
- Full of live and active cultures (it should have the LAC seal).
- Made from organic whole milk.
- Void of artificial coloring, preservatives, starch or sugars.
- As close to homemade yogurt as possible.
When I buy yogurt, whether for a quick snack when I am out and about, or because we polished off all of our homemade yogurt and I need some starter, I get Nancy’s whole milk plain organic. It’s healthy, good tasting, and makes a more reliable, satisfying starter than any other store bought yogurt I have yet to try…and I’ve tried MANY.
Besides Nancy’s, there are also some really good Greek brands out there whose names currently escape me, but since I realized how easy it is to make my own Greek yogurt, using Nancy’s as my starter, it’s kind of hard to pay that much for it.
Nancy’s Organic Whole milk yogurt has 15 strains of different bacteria, which I think makes a nice homemade yogurt that will also culture faster. So, if wondering what brand to buy at the store to use in your own homemade batch of yogurt, just remember: the more strains of bacteria the better!