There have been many strides in the last several years in the development of great non-dairy yogurts that mimic the sensation of eating traditional yogurt. It’s nothing short of amazing that yogurt can be fashioned from almost any grain or nut, including hazelnuts, almonds, coconut, oats, and soy!

However, as with any food product that has been manufactured for our enjoyment, it’s worth taking some time to explore the many options on the market and make an informed decision about which one you’ll bring home. Everything from the packaging to ingredients plays a role, even when we can be positive that no animals were harmed in its making.

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Artificial colors, dyes, or flavors (including ‘natural strawberry flavor’, which isn’t a regulated or particularly helpful term) and texture regulators like corn starch detract or carrageenan from the healthfulness of yogurt. (Algin or agar-agar are more natural, safer seaweed extracts often used for texture modification, and these can be consumed in moderation.)

Avoid ingredients that appear unnecessary; that is, if it’s not a culture, fruit, or nut/grain milk used as a base, it probably doesn’t need to be there. It’s also best to make sure it contains fewer than seven ingredients. That’s going to be an indicator that what’s inside that tub is going to be better for you than the product with upwards of twenty components.

Think about making your own vegan yogurt! Check out this great tutorial on How to Make Your Own Coconut Yogurt from all of us at One Green Planet.

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