Quark yoghurt- what is it?
I first ate quark when holidaying in Germany last December and loved it's creamy, thick texture and mild flavour. I found it was served in bowls on the breakfast buffet like we would find natural yoghurt. I was excited to find it in the supermarket in Australia.
Quark is a combination of cheese and yoghurt cultures, so we call it yoghurt, but it is something in between. It involves a Swedish style fermentation process,...
at a lower temperature for a longer time, giving a milder flavoured, thicker textured yoghurt than a yoghurt we know.
Quark yoghurt nutritionally shines
The protein content is high:
The sugar content is lower than many yoghurts
Bonus: No artificial sweeteners needed. A small amount of cane sugar is used for sweetening in the flavoured varieties.
One 170 gram Rokeby's quark tub has around half the Recommended Dietary intake (RDI) of calcium for adult Australian’s.
Quark yoghurt has live cultures for both cheese making
The lactic acid bacteria count (the type of bacteria you must use by Australian food law to make yoghurt), are over 22 billion cfu/170g pot and importantly are live in the end product.
The product, like many yoghurts, can only claim to have, 'live bacteria' rather than probiotics until there is sufficient research to show what health benefits these individual bacterial strains have.
So why eat Quark?
There are a lot of nutritional benefits of eating quark yoghurt along with it's great taste:
The quark yoghurt packs in the protein with around 17g per tub.
It is a great way to get in protein at breakfast or for a snack when protein maybe on the light side.
Protein is best utilised by the body if it is spread out throughout the day. For sports people and growing children quark yoghurt is a quick way to boost your protein intake for a snack, pre or post exercise.
For people with diabetes or raised blood glucose levels the high protein and low sugar levels make it a great snack. The protein can also help keep you feeling full for longer.
On the protein front it is ahead of most yoghurt, on the sugar front the flavoured varieties are lower than most and without artificial sweeteners and the calcium is higher helping us achieve our daily intakes. You try it and make the decision.
Quark is another option you can add to your yoghurt regime. If you may not have liked yoghurt before, give it a go! The mild taste might be just right for your taste buds!
How to use quark yoghurt?
You can see some recipes at the Rokeby Farms website.
Let me know what you get up to with your quark :).
Love to hear about your experiments and recipes!
Rokeby’s quark yoghurt is available at Woolworths supermarkets nationwide.
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(consultant to Rokeby Farms)
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