Have you heard of Nut-Milk Yogurt? Well, if you haven’t, now’s the time to familiarize yourself with it. Thanks to its health benefits and great taste, this new form of yogurt is slowly getting pretty popular, catching the attention of many—businesses, celebrities and (maybe) even your next-door neighbor!
What is Nut-Milk Yogurt?
Nut-milk yogurt is basically yogurt made from non-dairy milk i.e. it uses the milk extracted from almonds, soy, coconuts, etc. It is produced by adding bacteria to this milk and fermenting its carbohydrates. So, yes, it is vegan friendly and has endless benefits too.
Now, the benefits of nut-milk yogurt depend on the main ingredient like coconut or almonds, etc. Do check the ‘Nutritional Benefits’ mentioned on the back of the yogurt you purchase to know the exact ingredients and nutrients it provides. Also, opt for yogurts that have less or no added flavors, additives, and artificial sugars.
As per Women’s Health Magazine, some nut-milk yogurts contain as much protein as that of a small egg. This makes it perfect for vegans or vegetarians who need to increase their protein intake.
Stabilizes Blood Levels
Most dairy products contain a sugar known as lactose. Nut-milks generally don’t have this sugar, which makes them perfect for those who are lactose intolerant. Staying away from lactose can also help in stabilizing blood sugar levels and can lead to an increase in appetite.
Stay Full with a Happy Gut
Most yogurts, whether dairy-based or not, contain live bacteria cultures. This bacteria aids in digestion and keeps you from feeling bloated. Some yogurts also contain medium-chain triglycerides which make you feel full, increasing your metabolism rate and also help in weight loss.
Boosts Calcium & Vitamin D
Calcium and vitamin D are known for strengthening bones. As per the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, many producers of nut-milk yogurt tend to fortify this sweet goodness with the same amount of nutrients as that found in cow milk-based yogurts.
Types of Nut-Milk Yogurt
Now that you know how beneficial nut-milk yogurt is, we’ll share some types of nut-milk yogurt along with their nutritional value so you can try them out!
Soy Milk Yogurt
Soy milk yogurt is rich in protein and healthy unsaturated fats. It is known to reduce cholesterol and high blood sugar in diabetes patients. It has less calcium and if had unsweetened, reduces your sugar intake.
Almond Milk Yogurt
Almond milk yogurt tastes great and gives you healthy fats. They are rich in fiber, vitamin E, magnesium as well as antioxidants. This yogurt is low in sugar as well as protein and contains almost no calcium (unless added). If you are allergic to nuts, it’s best to avoid this yogurt and look at the other options in this list.
Coconut Milk Yogurt
Coconut milk yogurt is full of antioxidants and can taste quite refreshing if had without any extra additives. It provides metabolized fatty acids which are known to lower bad cholesterol as well as reduce belly fat. It is low in sugar and protein.
Flax Milk Yogurt
While usually considered a bit pricier and less popular than others, it cannot be denied that flax milk yogurt is also extremely healthy. It contains omega-3 fatty acids that are good for your heart. It is rich in calcium (almost 20% of the recommended intake for most people) and protein. This kind of yogurt also has good bacteria.
So, there you have it, nut-milk yogurt is great for those who are looking for a healthy snacking option. And it also makes for a good alternative for those who cannot consume dairy yogurts.
When do you plan to pick a cup of yogurt and which one would you prefer? Do tell us in the comments below.