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Got Good-Tasting (and Lower-Fat) Dairy Products?

WebMD's 'Recipe Doctor' goes taste-testing in the dairy aisle
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How Sour Is Your Cream?

Believe it or not, the best tasting sour cream is a fat-free sour cream, not a "light" sour cream. When I tried Naturally Yours Fat free sour cream (in the white tub with black spots that looks like a cowhide), I was surprised to find that I really liked it. There are also quite a few store-brand light sour creams that taste good. Some of the light sour cream brands taste and look more like plain yogurt than sour cream (too sour for my liking). Naturally Yours fat-free has the best texture and flavor, and can be used to top potatoes or tacos or in casserole or sauce recipes.

SOUR CREAM (2 tablespoons)
Calories
Fat (g)
Saturated fat (g)
Cholesterol (mg)
Sodium (mg)
Naturally Yours Fat Free
20
0
0
0
20
Knudsen Light
35
2
1.5
10
25
Daisy Light
40
2.5
2
10
25

The trick with yogurt is figuring out whether you want artificial sweeteners (many of the "light" yogurts have them) or whether you're OK with most of the calories coming from sugar. Basically, the fruit-flavored yogurts have low-fat milk listed as the first ingredient, with some type of sugar as the second ingredient, and fruit for the third.

If you're sensitive to aftertastes in artificially sweetened products, you'll probably want to avoid the "light" yogurts. There are quite a few "light" yogurts to choose from and they all taste pretty good, as long as you don't mind the taste of aspartame. We've listed the major brands below.

The other option? Regular, lowfat, or fat-free yogurts. You probably already have your favorite brand that has just the right texture or tang for your taste buds. If so, stick with it! Check the nutrition information label of your favorites for grams of sugars, though. Some flavors and brands have more than others. Here are a few examples below.

LOWFAT YOGURT (6 ounces)
Calories
Fat (g)
Saturated fat (g)
Cholesterol (mg)
% Calories from sugar
Yoplait Original 99% Fat free (fruit flavored)
170
1.5
1
10
63%
Dannon Fruit Blends lowfat (fruit flavored)
170
1.5
1
10
73%


"LIGHT" YOGURT (6 ounces)
Calories
Fat (g)
Saturated fat (g)
Cholesterol (mg)
% Calories from sugar
Dannon Light 'n Fit Creamy (fruit flavored)
100
0
0
less than 5
40%
Dannon Light 'n Fit (fruit flavored)
90
0
0
less than 5
58%
Yoplait Light (fruit flavored)
100
0
0
less than 5
56%

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