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Organic natural yogurts perform best in the test
For many Germans, yogurt is part of their daily diet. Natural yoghurts are often used. These are available in different versions: creamy or firm, mild or sour. But which is the best? The Stiftung Warentest took a closer look at two dozen products and found that organic natural yoghurts stand out positively.
Dairy product with health benefits
A delicious breakfast without fresh yogurt is unthinkable for many people. The milk product is digestible, easily digestible and has a positive effect on the intestinal flora thanks to the sour milk bacteria it contains. Scientific studies have also found that yogurt can protect against diabetes and - at least in women - reduce the risk of high blood pressure. Natural yoghurt, which is available in different versions, is particularly popular: creamy or firm, mild or sour. But which is the best? The Stiftung Warentest has now examined and sold 24 products that have been sold a lot: Not every cup does what it says on the tin. The test results can be downloaded here for a fee.
Many people put yoghurt on the table every day
For many people in Germany, yogurt is part of their daily diet. According to the Stiftung Warentest, Germans prefer to spoon the "natural" flavor - before strawberry and vanilla.
The testers examined both firm and creamy natural yoghurts. The consistency depends on the conditions under which they have matured.
A yogurt becomes puncture-proof when the milk comes into the cup immediately after adding the bacterial cultures and there it turns into yoghurt. If, on the other hand, the mix of milk and bacteria is stirred in large tanks for several hours, the yogurt gets a creamy consistency.
To prevent it from becoming too thin, manufacturers often use skimmed milk powder or withdraw water from it. This can be seen from the slightly increased protein and sugar levels.
Almost all of the products tested are good
Of the 24 products tested, four were organic yoghurts. In addition to classic yogurt with around 3.5 percent fat, yogurt of the Greek type, which contains significantly more fat, was also tested.
According to a message, organic products at 19 and 33 cents per 100 grams share the top spots.
But almost all other yogurts in the test are also good, including nine products that only cost 12 cents per 100 grams. However, not every cup does what the manufacturer promises.
Benefits of plain yogurt
22 out of 24 natural yoghurts performed well, including four out of five Greek and Greek yoghurts. The testers found no unwanted germs, practically no residues of disinfectants and no added sugar.
Two yogurts are only satisfactory. One contained yeasts that can accelerate spoilage, the other tasted slightly flat and its package information aroused misconceptions.
"If you want to do something good for your health, you don't have to buy yogurt with certain bacteria," said Julia Bongartz, food chemist at the Stiftung Warentest. Advertising that suggests otherwise is not permitted.
Regular yogurt is also probiotic.
Natural yogurt scores because it contains calcium, protein, vitamins A and D and does not need added sugar. It doesn't matter whether the yogurt is firm or creamy. (ad)