Walking down the dairy aisle at a grocery store can be overwhelming, with yogurt available in what seems to be every flavour, package colour and size imaginable. This once simple calcium-rich milk product is now leaving people confused with an abundance of options.

Depending on your age, health requirements and taste buds, not every yogurt will be right for you. Those looking to lose weight may opt for non-fat yogurts, while people who aren’t picky may want to try out every flavour of the rainbow, says Rosanna Lee, a nutrition educator and community health promoter based in Toronto.

Our bodies need healthy amounts of “good bacteria” in our digestive systems to function, and most yogurt is a great source. Probiotics, a micro-organism found in live culture yogurt, is beneficial for treating health conditions like yeast infections, diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome, according to a report by Harvard University. On a less illness-based note, yogurt is also a great source of protein, calcium, potassium and B vitamins.

Recently, other types of yogurt have become the centre of attention, like Greek yogurt, which is slightly thicker and has no whey, lactose or sugar, and kefir, which isthinner and contains three times the amount of probiotic cultures compared to regular yogurt.

While it’s great to have options, all of this has lead to even more confusion about which yogurt to buy. What about flavoured choices, low-fat dairy or yogurt for kids? To decipher all these labels, percentages and types, Lee has come up with 10 things to consider when buying yogurt.

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