By: Kristin M. MacDonald, MS, RD, LDN
Owner, Healthy Appetites Nutrition Counseling, L.L.C.
Starting this month, ‘Feature Food’ is a new addition to the monthly newsletter. Every month a food product will be highlighted, including a discussion of the unique health and dietary benefits of each food. Sometimes a recipe using the feature food will also be shared - be sure to check out this month’s recipe “Layered Overnight Oats,” which uses Siggi’s vanilla 0% non-fat yogurt as a main ingredient.
With so many yogurts on the market how do consumers pick which one to try? All yogurt is made by fermentation of milk using live cultures. These cultures are a source of probiotics and can promote digestive and overall health. However, yogurt can be made in several different styles. Most commonly, consumers are aware of regular and Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt is strained to have the liquid whey and lactose removed, resulting in a thick, creamy product. Greek yogurt is higher in protein and lower in carbohydrates than regular yogurt.
The brand Siggi’s produces an Icelandic-style yogurt called sykr. Skyr is also strained and is similar to Greek yogurt in its thick, creamy texture and high protein content.
Siggi’s yogurt is low in sugar. Many mainstream yogurts are high in added sugars - just read the ingredients on the package label and you may see “sugar” listed towards the top. I’ve written before about the importance of reducing added sugars in our diets, especially since they hide in many places we wouldn’t suspect. Siggi’s yogurts have only 9 to 11 grams of sugar in each individual serving. How does this compare to the amount of sugar in the yogurt you’ve currently got in your fridge? Siggi’s uses natural sweeteners, such as agave and cane syrup, and the plain flavor has no added sweetener.
Other popular yogurts may boost that they are low in calories and sugar, but instead they may contain artificial sweeteners such as sucralose and acesulfame potassium. In contrast, Siggi’s provides a yogurt that is naturally sweetened, but uses these sweeteners sparingly. Siggi’s also uses no preservatives and no artificial coloring.
Like most other yogurt brands, Siggi’s offers products with varying amounts of fat. Most of the dairy products we consume should be skim (fat-free) or 1% milk fat, so choose a Siggi’s flavor that is labeled ‘0% non-fat’.
As a snack or part of your meal, yogurt can be a great food to add to your diet and can help provide satiety throughout the day. With its high protein and lower sugar content Siggi’s is a great option to try!