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Curd Vs Yoghurt – Which One's Better?

Curd and yoghurt are two foods that are universally renowned for their health benefits. Both of these are staples in most cultures throughout the world, yet which one is the better choice?

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The Basics of Curd

Curd is more akin to cheese, since they are a by-product of the creation of cheese. For a great length of time, curd was discarded and was later utilised in the production of cheese-curds, which are a famous snack in the western world.

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The Basics of Yogurt

Yoghurt is produced through a process which involves exposing milk to specific kinds of bacteria and allowing it to ferment. Not only is the bacteria used in yoghurt production healthy, but they are essential to the digestive processes of the human body. Yoghurt has been utilised in the human diet for more than two thousand years, and is one of the most universally available chilled items in the world. You can find yoghurt pretty much anywhere, quite easily at any supermarket such as Keells Super. There are many kinds of yogurts to choose from, but the healthiest will always be good old-fashioned plain yogurt.

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Serving Size

According to the nutrition database given by the USDA, the recommended size for as serving of cheese curds is 1 oz, which is much lower than the 8 oz recommended size for yogurt. When it comes to calories, 8 oz of yoghurt will contain about 150 calories, while an equal sized portion of cheese curds can carry around 830 calories. There is a pretty serious difference when the two foods are compared on a caloric basis and it is clear why a much smaller serving of cheese curds are recommended on a daily basis by the USDA.

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Fat Profile

A single serving of yoghurt contains up to 8g of total fat, which is divided into 5g of saturated fat and 3g of unsaturated fat. An equal-sized serving of cheese curds can contain 50g of total fat of which 35g would be saturated fat. This is rather disheartening since saturated fat is considered the unhealthy kind of fat.

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Protein

Both cheese curds and yogurt contains what are known as complete proteins. This means they possess all the essential amino acids required by the body for optimal tissue health. A single serving of cheese curds contain 32g of protein, which is pretty significant, amounting to sixty percent of the USDA's recommended daily amount. Eight ounces of yogurt on the other hand contains 8.5 grams of protein, which amounts for around seventeen percent recommended daily value of protein.

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Carbohydrates

An 8-oz serving of plain yoghurt will have around 11.5gs of carbohydrates, where all of them are comprised of sugars. An equal amount of cheese curds will have approximately 65gs of carbohydrates in addition to 18g of sugars and 3gs of dietary fibre. Although this makes cheese curds a more dynamic food choice, the presence of sugars is quite disheartening since it can lead to obesity and type-2 diabetes. Individuals following a low-carb diet would also have to restrict their intake of cheese curds and ought to choose yoghurt.

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