Everyone and their grandma knows about the health benefits of yoghurt. From the probiotic contents to its high protein value, we’ve heard about how adding yoghurt to our diet can improve the quality of our health. This is particularly true for people who are lactose intolerant. The fermentation process of yoghurt converts the bulk of lactose to lactase, making it a good dairy alternative for those who still wish to meet their daily calcium and protein needs. When it comes to yoghurt, it just so happens that there’s more than one kind to choose from!
- Dairy (cow) yoghurt
Your garden variety yoghurt comes packed with protein, healthy fat, calcium and probiotics. Cow milk yoghurt features a pretty balanced flavour profile, which help makes it one of the most popular choices for consumers. Brands such as Barambah Organics and Bondi Yoghurt use high quality ingredients and simple methods to deliver a taste that many find to be simply addictive.
- Dairy (goat/sheep) yoghurt
For those who desire something different or who could just do with less “moo” in their yoghurt, Meredith Dairy offers up alternatives utilising goat and sheep milk. From my experience, sheep milk has a lovely creamy taste that tops even the best of cow milk while goat milk comes with a fairly distinctive “mutton-y” aftertaste.
- Greek yoghurt
While lactose content is significantly lesser in yoghurt compared to milk, people who suffer from high sensitivity to lactose may still react to them. Such individuals can consider switching to Greek yoghurt, which contains less lactose as part of the straining process used to remove the separate the whey, giving Greek yoghurt its trademark consistency and taste. One of the most popular producers of Greek yoghurt is Evia, which utilises a 5-generation family recipe dating back all the way to Greece.
- Coconut yoghurt
For vegans, vegetarians and the REALLY lactose-intolerant, coconut yoghurt really hits the spot in terms of both taste and nutrition. Bondi Yoghurt and Coco Tribe’s line of dairy-free yoghurt may not carry as much protein as its dairy counterparts, but it certainly doesn’t find itself lacking in other departments. Containing the same type of live cultures as its animal-sourced brethren, coconut yoghurt is a product that definitely stands on its own, thanks to its ridiculously rich and creamy taste.
Keen on having a taste of any of the above brands? Drop by Little Farms and be spoilt for choice! All their brands come from family-owned farms utilising homemade recipes along with fresh Australian milk (no powdered milk here!). Have it for dessert or drizzle it over meats and salads – the choice is yours!