Yogurt has long been touted as a health food, a perfect snack, a low fat solution to your sugar cravings. Unfortunately, most yogurts are not healthy at all.
Here are some common ingredients found in yogurt:
- aspartame, sucralose (linked to tumors)
- corn starch
- sugar from GM sugarbeets
- fructose (toxic, causes fatty liver disease)
Here are the ingredients in a few very popular yogurts.
Light and Fit:
Yoplait (which is Weight Watchers approved):
What about Activia? It’s supposed to balance your gut flora, right? Wrong.
Let’s not forget that low-fat and no-fat foods have been processed and contain harmful fillers. The fat is where the good stuff is, like vitamins and minerals! Why would we want to remove such a beneficial part? Additionally, unless yogurt is organic or grass-fed, you can bet your boots that the dairy is from conventional cows that are not only treated terribly, but are fed genetically modified corn and soy and pumped full of antibiotics and hormones.
Don’t get me wrong, I love yogurt. I buy raw grass-fed yogurt from a local farm, full of fat and vitamins and I add some raw, local honey. It isn’t processed or low-fat, it doesn’t contain sugar that is most likely from GM sugarbeets, it doesn’t contain fillers. By all means, eat yogurt. If does contain live cultures that are good for your gut. Just make sure you’re buying grass-fed or at least organic yogurt, and always check the ingredients!