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)
  • GMOs
  • corn starch
  • sugar from GM sugarbeets
  • preservatives
  • dyes
  • 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.


Dannon Oikios:


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!

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6 responses on “The Great Yogurt Deception

  1. J. Nuno

    Please list yogurts that don’t have all that junk. I really like it and was getting the greek kind, but that is made by dannon so it is probably bad too

    1. dani stout Post author

      Just look for a grass-fed yogurt that is full fat without any additives. I’m not sure of brands since I get mine from a local farm.

  2. Taylor

    Hi Dani! Love your site, thanks so much for working so hard to educate and help us be the healthiest we can be. Anyways, I have recently moved to the DC area (pretty sure I read that you live here too!) and started my personal eating whole foods journey and was wondering if you could recommend a local farm in the area? Im looking mainly for raw yogurt, milk, pastured eggs, cheese..etc. Thanks!

    1. dani stout Post author

      Hey Talor!

      Where did you move? I go to farmers markets all over so I can probably recommend a good one near you. I’m also in a buying club for milk, meat, eggs and a ton of other stuff. Let me know if you’d like to join, you can order food each week and pick up at the drop site that is closest to you.

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