We all know how good yogurt is for our health. You come across so many different brands and varieties of yogurt in the market, making you confused which one to buy. This article will highlight on a few things you should look for while shopping for yogurt. But before I get into it, lets have a basic understanding about yogurt.
What is yogurt? How is it made?
Yogurt is the product of fermented milk which is done by mainly Lactobacillus bulgarius and Streptococcus thermophilus. Other different strains of bacilli are added by different companies. The yogurt gets its texture and tangy taste by the production of lactic acid due to fermentation of milk which is done by the bacilli.
Benefits of yogurt: All of these benefits have been backed up by research
rich source of calcium and protein
vitamin B12 (great for vegetarians as vitamin B12 is present only in animal food sources)
may help boost immunity
lowers the blood pressure, cholesterol
improves intestinal health after intestinal infection
makes you feel fuller.
Low-fat / Non-fat yogurt Vs Regular yogurt
Certain studies have shown that when the process is done on milk or yogurt to make it low-fat / non-fat, certain important bacilli are lost. Therefore it is better to have regular yogurt rather than low – fat / non-fat yogurt. Yes, I know what you are thinking here!!! You are right. Eating regular yogurt will give you more fat as compared to low-fat / non-fat yogurt but what is the benefit of eating something if you cannot get the whole benefit of it? Instead you can cut down on your junk foods or breads, pizzas, cheese etc. If you have high cholesterol, high triglycerides, then chose low-fat or non-fat yogurt.
Flavored yogurt Vs�Plain yogurt
Most of us like flavored yogurt comapared to plain yogurt. After all, its the sugar content in it that makes it more edible. But have you ever compared the grams of sugar on the label of a flavored yogurt and plain yogurt? The sugar content in flavored yogurt is more than twice as compared to that in plain yogurt. We usually eat flavored yogurt thinking that we are eating healthy, but instead we are taking a lot of calories in the form of sugar which might be minimizing the benefits of eating yogurt. Sugar added to the yogurt can kill many bacteria present in the yogurt and so we might not be getting much benefit of eating that yogurt. Also if you check the ingredient list of flavored yogurts, you will find the following ingredients added to it (from which you should stay away): High fructose corn syrup, asparatme, fructose syrup, gelatin, red 40, blue 1.
Instead, take a cup of plain yogurt, add fresh fruit pieces to it for taste. If you want some sweetness, you can add stevia or natural sugar to it. Even adding some granola to it is a good idea. Bear Naked Fit Granola is my favorite. Whats yours?
Enjoy your yogurt as a snack anytime of the day.
My next article will emphasize on the difference between plain yogurt and greek yogurt, SO STAY TUNED!!