The title of this blog post probably surprised you. Yogurt, not healthy? It’s true! Well, the truth is some yogurt is healthy for you; you just have to know which ones are the best to eat. In this article, I explain about the health dangers of preservatives in yogurt and which preservative-free yogurt brands to eat instead.
How Healthy is Your Yogurt?
If you’ve got some yogurt in the fridge right now, stop reading this, go into the kitchen and read the label. Go ahead. I’ll wait. Back? Does your favorite brand contain any of the following ingredients?
- High Fructose Corn Syrup
If you’re trying to lose weight, high fructose corn syrup is one of the worst things you can put into your body. This artificial sweetener contains a whopping 250% more calories than sugar. It also metabolizes much faster in your body than glucose, leading to sugar spikes and a predisposition toward diabetes.
If you’ve cut soda out of your diet but are still eating yogurt that contains this sweetener, you’re putting yourself at risk for obesity, diabetes, metabolic disorders, chronic inflammation and elevated blood pressure.
Carrageenan is a thickening agent often found in yogurt and other processed foods. Joanne Tobacman, M.D, who teaches internal medicine at the Iowa College of Medicine, says carrageenans can lead to cancer and digestive disorders. At the very least, it can lead to digestive distress because it coats the lining of the stomach like bath oil. It really has no place in human food.
- Artificial Colors
Food dyes are a hidden danger to your health. They’ve been linked to behavioral problems in children, hyperactivity, aggressive behavior, insomnia and headaches. Research has also shown artificial colors can cause cancer.
If you suffer from autoimmune disease or mystery symptoms you can’t explain, aspartame might be a hidden cause. Aspartame is another man-made sweetener that has been linked to a whopping 92 different unexplainable symptoms ranging from headaches to lupus! It’s important to learn more about aspartame side effects, especially if you have any unusual health problems.
Which Yogurt Brands are Preservative-Free?
Yogurt isn’t healthy for you if you’re eating brands that contain artificial ingredients. For preservative-free yogurt enjoyment, turn to these brands instead:
- Stonyfield Farm
Stonyfield Farm organic yogurt is one of my personal favorites. I’ve been eating it for years. They’re yogurt is completely organic, preservative-free, gluten-free and kosher. It contains six live active cultures that can help regulate your digestive system.
- Wallaby Organic
This creamy, Australian-style yogurt is great-tasting, preservative-free, gluten-free and kosher. It contains three live active cultures.
- Chobani Greek Yogurt
If you like a thicker, custard-style yogurt, try Chobani. Unlike some Greek-style yogurts, Chobani contains no artificial flavors or preservatives. It’s gluten-free and comes in 12 amazing-tasting flavors. I haven’t found one I don’t like!
- Siggi’s Icelandic Yogurt
If you’re into yogurt that’s so thick you could turn the cup upside down and it won’t fall out, try Siggi’s. You’ve got to really like the natural sour taste of yogurt to appreciate it but it’s gluten-free, protein-rich and quite delicious.
- Lifeway Kefir
If you prefer to drink your probiotics, Lifeway kefir is for you. It’s the perfect breakfast drink alone or as part of a healthy protein shake. Loaded with digestion-promoting probiotics (3-10 billion CFUs in a single serving), kefir is also gluten-free, 99% lactose-free and totally natural.
So, I guess yogurt is healthy for you after all! You just have to know which brands are good and which aren’t. The best way to ease digestive distress, stay healthy and lose weight is to become a label-reader. If you see additives and preservatives in your yogurt, put it back and reach for something better. Your tummy will thank you!
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