Consumer Reports tests best whole milk yogurts

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Consumer Reports tests best whole milk yogurts: Alicia Vitarelli reports during Action News at 4:30 p.m. on August 15, 2017. (WPVI)

For years, you've probably heard that low-fat dairy products are healthier. But new research suggests that foods like whole milk yogurt may actually be better.

Consumer Reports just tested more than 20 whole milk yogurts and reveals some tasty and inexpensive choices.

9-year-old Hudson loves the whole milk yogurt parfaits that his parents whip up with a little honey, fruit and crunchy cereal.

The whole milk breakfast is higher in fat, but may be better for him than one made with low fat yogurt.

"Several studies among children do suggest that eating whole fat dairy is associated with less weight gain over time than eating low fat dairy," said Julia Calderone, Consumer Reports Health Editor.

Adults too may reap benefits. Some research suggests the level of triglycerides, a type of fat, may be at a lower, healthier level in those who eat higher fat products vs. low fat.

But keep in mind, flavored yogurts have added ingredients that can add calories.

"Our advice is that you really do still need to look at the ingredients list including the sugars content," said Calderone.

For instance, 6 ounces of this Brown Cow Strawberry Whole milk yogurt has about 7 teaspoons of naturally occurring and added sugars. That's almost as much as a 6 ounce serving of strawberry Haagen Dazs ice cream.
One way to minimize added sugars.

Pick a plain yogurt and stir in your own honey and fruit.

Two good choices noted for their full and creamy taste according to Consumer Reports testing were Whole Foods 365 Everyday Value and Trader Joe's Organic Plain Whole Milk Yogurt.

They also were among the most reasonably priced of the yogurts tested.

And what about the grass-fed claim you may see?

Milk from grass fed cows can have more of the good fat than from grain fed cows, but look for certification like "American grassfed" or "PCO certified 100% grassfed" to be sure the claim is accurate.

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