Some thoughts on yoghurt

Stick with me on this one.

Recently, Arla (Denmark) released a new dairy product in the UK called skyr. You’ve probably seen the advert –

(They’ve got a couple of other cute adverts, too, here and here)

Unsurprisingly, Arla have come under a bit of fire from furious, patriotic Icelanders. Because Arla isn’t an Icelandic company, and this is not an Icelandic product, even though it’s pretending to be.

I feel for the Icelanders, I really do. But Arla are a business, and skyr is a product (which, as far as I know, is not PDO) and Arla just got in there first. If Iceland felt they had a unique and wonderful product, then why didn’t they produce it for export long ago?

That said, apparently Icelandic company MS will be releasing their own skyr on the British market later this year. I look forward to it.

In the mean time, a word on Arla’s skyr!

I really, really like it. I have tried some of the flavoured skyrs (and they come in some fun flavours – lingonberry and the like) but I’ll be sticking with plain from now on. It’s all it needs, and if I want added sugar, I’ll add it.

Which brings me on to macronutrient break-down: Arla skyr claims to be uniquely healthy in that it has high protein, fat-free and with very low sugar. But a lot of yoghurts claim to be healthy, so how does it compare?

I made this handy table. Enjoy.

Yoghurt Plain Skyr Honey Skyr Plain Greek Fat free Greek Natural yoghurt Low fat natural yoghurt
Calories 65kCal 73kCal 124kCal 55kCal 81kCal 65kCal
Fat 0.2g 0.1g 9.5g 0.4g 3.8g 1.4g
Protein 11g 9.4g 4.2g 7.3g 5.0g 5.0g
Carbohydrates 4g 7.8g 5.5g 5.3g 6.6g 7.0g
of which sugars 4g 7.2g 5.4g 5.3g 6.6g 6.9g

(values given per 100g of yoghurt. Greek & natural yoghurts as Tesco own brand)

Lower fat, lower sugar, higher protein than any other major yoghurt on the market. And it is REALLY THICK.

p.s. this one time, I went to Iceland, and pretended to fall off a glacier.

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