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When deciding what yogurt or dairy dessert to offer our children, we find a great variety to choose in the refrigerated section of the supermarket.
As if that weren't enough, some of them have an incredible marketing campaign that tries to convince us of the wonderful properties they have, so the decision is complicated.
- Natural yogurt: Contains milk and dairy ferments, Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus. It should not contain anything else, and precisely this, containing only these two ingredients is what makes yogurt a superfood. Fermented milk does not contain lactose, but it does contain all the nutrients in milk, calcium for strong bones and vitamin D for absorption, in addition to phosphorus, also important for bones, and other vitamins, both water-soluble and fat-soluble. It also contains proteins of relatively high biological value. There are also sugary ones, which contain sugar, and sweetened, generally with artificial sweeteners.
- Flavored yogurts: In addition to the ingredients of natural yogurt, flavored yogurts contain artificial colors to match the color of the fruit, and flavorings, and above all, sugar, our great enemy.
- Yogurts with fruits: Instead of flavoring, these yogurts contain a percentage of fruit, although quite small, which can be in pieces or smoothies. Depending on the type of fruit, they usually have more or less quantity, being as a general rule the strawberry that contains the most, although it may vary between the different brands. In addition, they also contain sugar and, especially those that have whipped fruit, may contain artificial colors.
- Yogurts with bifidus: These yogurts can be natural or with fruits (containing more or less the same ingredients as these but with a higher price), but in both cases, in addition to the usual lactic ferments in yogurt, they have others that are included within the group called " active bifidus ”. The "active bifidus" are probiotics, specifically bifidobacteria to which certain beneficial properties for health can be attributed. Behind this group of yogurts there is an incredible marketing campaign that encourages the consumer to buy it, trying to maximize its benefits compared to normal yogurts.
- Probiotics to drink: Like bifidus yogurts, these yogurts contain probiotics that are credited with health benefits. In addition, they contain a large amount of sugars or artificial sweeteners (0% range), in addition to containing flavorings when they are not "natural".
When studies are done with these products, it is very difficult to break down what benefit the strains called probiotics provide from the ones already provided by the strains used to make yogurt, Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus, so, although they increase the price of the product, it cannot be stated with certainty that they also increase your profit. As they also contain abundant sugar, it is better to avoid them and to lean, as far as possible, for natural and unsweetened yogurt.
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