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6/30/20 9:20 A

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Milk has always been 1%(grew up drinking it that way), Since starting Spark People, I have substituted whipped cream cheese for butter, plain Greek yogurt for flavored yogurts, and salsas for sour cream on a baked potato. So far these are working out well for me.

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JORENN22 Posts: 49
6/27/20 7:47 P

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Always low fat. I just don't see any reason to have the extra fat and calories when you can have almost the same thing without. And since I am also trying to reduce cholesterol, even more important. I am just cutting out cheese - wayyy to much fat and saturated fat to justify it at all.


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6/26/20 12:23 P

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Low fat...except for Sour cream!! lol



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6/25/20 7:18 P

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Cheese is alway full fat! WI girl here!



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6/16/20 11:52 A

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I usually do the whole milk or greek yogurt. The lowfat with sugar substitutes taste strange to me.

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6/16/20 9:36 A

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nonfat milk



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6/15/20 12:53 P

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I vary what I get and eat.
Often, I pick whichever has the farthest out date stamped on it.

I figure that there are pros and cons to each and not being tied to one, might be healthy for me.

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6/15/20 8:42 A

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Low fat milk (grew up on it) and full of fat everything else

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6/14/20 5:04 P

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“I'm sure this has been discussed before, but I'll ask anyway. Is it better to eat the full fat yogurts and cheeses that have more calories and fat but less sugar or the low fat versions that have less calories and fat but either more sugar or sugar substitutes? I love using plain greek yogurt in my dishes, but I don't like the number of calories when I add it to my nutrition tracker.”

I buy non fat plain yogurt. Not Greek, or thick. For cooking and topping, I don’t notice enough of a difference to go full fat (however, if that’s what’s at the store, I will buy it)
If I have cheese, and that’s rare, I pick the “cleanest” or fewest ingredients and look at portion size. Typically, I eat goat cheese, and my schmear is rather thin. I’m using it for taste, not a layer.

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6/11/20 10:11 A

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All my dairy products are fat-free. Read the nutritional labels. There's a very prevalent notion that "all" fat free products contain added sugar and/or calories, but this is untrue. Sure, A FEW products do: Snack Wells cookies and certain brands of fig bars are notorious examples. But most dairy products DON'T, and consequently contain fewer calories than their whole-milk counterparts.

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5/28/20 6:15 P

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You tend to find more added sugars in "reduced fat" foods like crackers, chips etc. because they're trying to make up the taste, but this isn't really the case with dairy products like milk and cheese. Even the sugar content tends to be similar for low vs full fat plain yogurt, or low vs full fat flavored yogurt of the same brands.

I'd say go with whichever you prefer considering the taste, nutrition info, etc. Some people think full fat is worth it and some don't...neither one is wrong, it's just preference.



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5/27/20 8:44 P

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Low fat

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5/27/20 7:11 P

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What's better for you? What does the rest of your diet look like? What medical issues do you have that your diet could contribute to or alleviate? What is your stance on the ingredients that you put into your body?

Calories are what your body uses as fuel. The point of eating is to get your body enough fuel for the day and certain nutrients. So what is this number of calories that is bothering you in your nutrition tracker? Most yogurts are going to top out at about 200 cals, which at the nutrient floor of 1200 is 1/6 of your daily intake. Eating smaller portions of yogurt would easily reduce that number as would using a slightly higher calorie range for slightly slower losses. You also mention yogurt in dishes, which should mean a smaller amount of yogurt used (as opposed to yogurt as the main part of the meal/snack), which should further reduce the amount of yogurt and it's impact on your total diet.

It could be very worthwhile to do a bit of research to see what you are actually comparing. Get the nutrition info for your preferred whole and low options and track out a few typical meals with everything but the dairy. Once you have your base, input each option and compare. In the amounts that you would be using, how much of an impact would each one make?

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5/27/20 11:39 A

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I use full fat cheese. There is less but I like the quality.



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5/26/20 6:00 A

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I, too, would choose the yogurt without artificial sweetners. I recently removed fake sugar from my diet. Low and behold, my killer sugar cravings virtually disappeared. Remember, too, fat doesn't make you fat. Your body needs it.

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5/25/20 9:05 P

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Well, "better" really is going to depend on personal health conditions / requirements, and personal preference.

A couple of articles discussing the topic are: www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=ski
p_the_skim_new_study_says_fullfat_dair
y_could_reduce_diabetes_obesity
and here: www.healthline.com/nutrition/whole-vs-skim
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I personally enjoy only full fat cheese (low fat versions just don't taste good to me), use butter daily, use heavy whipping cream or half-and-half for baking (only pure heavy whipping cream as a topping), but use only non-fat milk to make my own plain Greek-style yogurt (no additives, and I use the drained acid whey in breads and other baking, as well as being the "starter" for the next batch of yogurt). Both full fat milk and non-fat milk have the same amount of natural sugars, but the process of fermenting the yogurt does consume a good portion of them. Choosing either in a plain form with no additives should give you the same sugars by volume.

Like you, I enjoy the flavour of using the yogurt but didn't find the benefits of the full fat version to be worth the calorie hit. I add fresh or frozen fruits and berries along with seeds, nuts, and nut butters to yogurt that I'm not cooking / baking with, and find no need for the extra flavour or nutrients or calories of a higher fat version.

I get a good mix of healthy fats in with the rest of my food choices, so dairy fats are not a necessary part of my overall nutrition.

While it's not much of an answer, I hope the articles at least give you some things to think about - and that you find a choice or mix of choices that works for your own health and preferences!

Sir Terry Pratchett: "Science is not about building a body of known 'facts'. It is a method for asking awkward questions and subjecting them to a reality-check, thus avoiding the human tendency to believe whatever makes us feel good."

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5/25/20 8:27 P

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I like plain yogurt and cheeses made from whole milk. With nothing added or taken out.

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I eat mostly vegetables, fats, meats, some fruit and dark chocolate. Unprocessed and preservative free food. And it's changed my life!

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5/25/20 8:13 P

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I prefer nonfat plain greek yogurt personally. I don't recommend any product with added sugar/sweeteners.

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5/25/20 5:36 P

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