Last week I discussed the fascinating results from a large study which showed how regular use of yogurt can actually cause weight loss. Yes, this is for real, and I found the findings impressive enough to encourage all my readers to start eating yogurt daily. Sounds easy, yes? Sure, it should be — but not here in China. As many Chinese readers on my Weibo microblog pointed out, which brand of yogurt in China is safest to eat?
Unfortunately, that’s not an easy question: dairy scandals have rocked China since 2008′s horrifying infant formula scandal, when hundreds of thousands of children got sick — and some died — due to melamine contamination and kidney failures. I think, here in Beijing, it’s best to stay local and organic with dairy companies. I’m a big fan of yogurt for breakfast, and I usually use Herun yogurt, which is only 7RMB in most local expat and some local markets. (it’s in the photo below on the left). It’s not organic but it is locally made, is unsweetened and tastes very good. Plus, it’s the creamiest one I know; most Chinese yogurts are smooth and poured out of a carton. The Wondermilk company also makes yogurt from their US-owned Hua Xia dairy farm (www.wondermilk.cn). As for pure organic, the Green Yard organic dairy makes yogurt and is sold in many spots. ( My thanks to the blog Haw Berries & Kumquats for this last tip!). Ideally, if the organic farms are verified to be truly organic, I would stick with organics.
What about my readers — which do you use?
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