Milk Smoothies or Smoothies with Yogurt - Which is Better?

Almost any smoothie has milk or yogurt in it, or both. Some even feel it is not a smoothie if it does not have one or the other even if fruits are what make smoothie a smoothie. Although there are several ways of making it, there are basic ingredients to consider. Firstly, whether the drinks are milk smoothies or smoothies with yogurt, they contain fruits. It is the base to which other ingredients will be added. Common fruits used are bananas, berries, mangoes and pineapples. The second basic element is the thickener, which could include yogurt, frozen fruit or concentrate, or ice. The amount of thickener combined with fruit varies according to preference. More would result in a thicker smoothie. Third, liquids are essential to combine the ingredients well; else it would be difficult to drink. Milk can be very useful here, and so will fruit juice or water. The fourth ingredients are sweeteners and other flavor or nutrient enhancers like honey, cinnamon, and vanilla or protein powder.

Milk and yogurt are both dairy products. Since they are derived from the same source, their nutritional value is almost similar. They contain calcium, protein, riboflavin, Vitamin D, lactose and fat. However, not all individuals can tolerate milk because of lactose, a sugar that some people cannot absorb in their bodies. The result is stomach pain, bloating, diarrhea and nausea. Yogurt, on the other hand, does not contain lactose. To make yogurt, milk is allowed to ferment by adding bacteria. The bacteria break down the lactose to form lactic acid, which is sour in taste but is easily digested, even by those who are lactose-intolerant. The bacteria are especially beneficial to the digestive system and this is why yogurt is even believed to prevent colon cancer. Milk, though, might contain more Vitamin A since this is lost during processing.

Some argue that smoothies made with yogurt are more nutritious and this seems to be the case. Others add that they are tastier too. There are more yogurt varieties than milk: plain, sweetened, mixed with fruit – this alone adds to the variety of smoothies with yogurt that can be created. Moreover, the thicker consistency of yogurt results in creamier smoothies, which are preferred by many. The only drawback may be the tart taste of yogurt which is not desirable to some.

The choice between milk smoothies or smoothies with yogurt is really a matter of individual preference. One person may like milk better and another may prefer yogurt. Although yogurt seems to be the more healthful, the benefits of milk cannot be ignored. Both contain essential nutrients that the body needs.

Barring any intolerance, the optimum way of getting the best of both worlds would be to use both milk and yogurt in smoothies. Not only will we end up with more delicious drinks, we will have more nourished bodies.