Beneficial bacteria, hold the fat

After a week-long stay in Lausanne a few years ago I fell in love with yogurt. This has remained constant over the years although the method of acquisition has changed. In Shanghai a French guy delivered fresh yogurt to my neighborhood every Friday. In Hong Kong I made my own and lovingly stored it in single-serving glass jars in the refrigerator.

Now that I am in the land of milk and money full time I thought I would have near constant access to some of the freshest yogurt from the most beautiful cows in the world. And I do. But I changed my requirements. Now I want superior yogurt but in a more waist-friendly format. I have discovered that the milk people only grudgingly offer slimmed-down versions of their beloved breakfast repast.

IMG_1885So much yogurt, so much fat. At the Migros grocery store in Wadenswil I could find nothing that indicated a reduced fat content. At Coop I found the very un-Swiss brand Weight Watchers–an American import. Subtle message–no self respecting Swiss yogurt maker would adulterate their product by amputating a key component. At Lidl (a German grocer, it figures) I found a somewhat reduced-fat yogurt, just barely. And they did not make a big deal out of it like in American grocery stores where packages scream about lack of sugar, fat or calories.

IMG_1892Maybe I should abandon this fantasy that the minuscule amount of fat in my morning dose of beneficial bacteria is somehow threatening my BMI. America, with beau coups products boasting low or no fat has an adult obesity rate in excess of 34%. Switzerland, by contrast, remains in the single digits, at 8%.

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