Yogurt and milk are both dairy products that provide a variety of essential nutrients. Both yogurt and milk also give you protein, vitamins and minerals, and many other nutrients. The main difference between yogurt and milk is the amount of lactose (sugar) in the foods — yogurt contains less lactose than milk. Yogurt is also an excellent source of calcium and protein.
Yogurt is more nutritious than milk. People with lactose intolerance can digest yogurt but will not handle the milk consumption.
Here is the Core Difference Between Yogurt and Milk:
Grass-fed milk is milk that comes from cows whose diets consist of only grass and other foraged foods. Grass-fed dairy contains more omega 3 fatty acids than grain-fed animal products, making it healthier than conventional milk. It also has higher vitamin A, beta carotene, vitamin E, and CLA (conjugated.
Milk, including fat-free and low-fat milk, is naturally low in calories, providing about 80 to 90 calories per 8 oz [237 ml] serving. Reduced-fat (2% MF) and fat-free (skim) milk provide approximately 130 calories per 8 oz. One cup of yogurt provides about 150 to 200 calories, depending on the milk used in manufacturing.
Yogurt naturally has less lactose than milk. The fermentation process converts some of the sugars found in milk (lactose) into lactic acid, so it tastes tart or acidic. Yogurt that contains live and active cultures, such as acidophilus, is even lower in lactose than yogurt without active cultures.
6. While you should limit your saturated fat intake, both yogurt and milk are low in saturated fat. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005 recommend that you choose non-fat or low-fat dairy products like yogurt to reduce your saturated fat intake. Milk is naturally free of trans fatty acids (TFAs). It is when liquid vegetable oils are turned into solid fat. Yogurt has about the same amount of saturated fat as milk, with slightly more per serving.
How Yogurt and Milk are Beneficial for Health?
Although, yogurt and milk are different, they have one thing in common – their health benefits! Yogurt is ideal for active people because it’s easy on the stomach and provides important fluids and nutrients needed for optimal health. A yogurt smoothie is a perfect quick meal after a workout.
It’s important to look for the word “Live and Active Cultures” on the label, which means that it contains acidophilus bacteria that help maintain a healthy digestive tract. Yogurt without live and active cultures will not provide any health benefits; it may cause side effects such as bloating and gas.
Milk is naturally low in sodium, containing just 8 mg per serving. Most yogurt brands are also naturally low in sodium, but some flavored yogurts can contain more than 100 mg of sodium per serving. If you’re watching your sodium intake, check the Nutrition Facts label for the number of milligrams of sodium.
Milk is naturally free of cholesterol and saturated fat. Yogurt with live active cultures will contain some cholesterol, which may or may not affect your dietary cholesterol limit. Many flavored yogurts can contain more saturated fat than non-fat plain yogurt, so check the Nutrition Facts label to see how much-saturated fat you’re getting.
Sonia Uvezian was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon. A renowned expert in Middle Eastern and Caucasian cooking and winner of a James Beard Award, she is the author of six other highly acclaimed cookbooks, such as Recipes and Remembrances From An Eastern Mediterranean Kitchen, Cooking from the Caucasus along with The Book of Yogurt.