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The Boston Globe reports that while low fat and nonfat yogurts remain dominant in the nation's supermarket dairy cases, a new study from Mintel indicates that "there has been an 2,675 percent increase in the number of whole milk yogurts on store shelves in the past decade."

The big advantage of such whole milk yogurts is that that taste better - richer, and super-creamy.

But, the story says, there is medical research suggesting that "there may be health benefits to whole-fat dairy," and that "you might not need to choose between health and taste."

The Globe quotes Mario Kratz, an associate member at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, as saying that "in observational studies we see clear associations between consumption of all types of yogurt and lower risk of obesity, weight gain, and type 2 diabetes."

The story goes on: "Theories abound about why yogurt might be beneficial. One is that it’s loaded with protein, which some experts believe could help prevent weight gain by making you feel fuller, longer. But it may be more likely that other factors are responsible, Kratz says, such as the probiotics (good bacteria) or the complex mixture of micronutrients, vitamins, minerals (such as calcium), and fatty acids — of which dairy products have about 400 types."
KC's View:
I'm all in on this. One of my favorite things when in Portland is to pick up Ellenos full-fat Green yogurt from Zupan's. They have a service counter where they have numerous flavors - I like Marionberry - and it is so much better than the usual low-fat/no-fat stuff. Can't eat much of it, but it pretty much makes a breakfast.