Is Yogurt Good For You?


Nutrition / Saturday, March 31st, 2018

The Yogurt Debate:

Is it Healthy, Yes or No?

It seems like yogurt is always a debatable snack option for health gurus. Yogurt, Is it Healthy? Yes or No?  Well, let’s break it down and find out the truth.

Yogurt, Is it Healthy? Get the answers to why yogurt is considered bad for you and what makes yogurt a healthy choice to add to your clean eating regiment. #Yogurt, #Probiotics, #Healthy snacks, #Gut Health

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First, What is yogurt?

Yogurt is a food produced by bacterial fermentation of milk. The bacteria used to make yogurt are known as “yogurt cultures” the fermentation of lactose. These bacteria produce lactic acid, which acts on milk protein to give yogurt its texture and characteristic tart flavor.

So if you are Lactose intolerant or have a milk allergy then NO, yogurt is not good for you. However there is an alternative if you are lactose Intolerant and you can still get all the benefits, which we will touch on later.

 

Good Things About Yogurt

There are so many good things about yogurt that benefit your health, here’s a list of the top benefits.  

Probiotics

Starting with the “Yogurt Cultures” aka “active cultures”  good-for-you-bacteria more commonly referred to as gut-healthy probiotics. Making it very good for the digestive system.

Unfortunately, many yogurts have been pasteurized, which is a heat treatment that kills the beneficial bacteria they contain.

So make sure to read the label and look for products that say contains live, active cultures. If you want to know which specific active cultures your yogurt contains, look to the label on the back under the list of ingredients, many brands list the specific active cultures. And different cultures are thought to have different benefits.

 

Immune Booster

Consuming yogurt — especially if it contains probiotics — on a regular basis strengthens your immune system and reduce your likelihood of getting sick.

Probiotics have been shown to reduce inflammation, which is linked to several health conditions ranging from viral infections to gut disorders.

Read more about Gut Health Here.

 

Vitamin D

Speaking of staying healthy the third benefit is (some yogurt brands) are also high in Vitamin D. This Nutrient is used to absorb calcium and promote bone growth. What happens if you are deficient in Vitamin D?  You get tired more easily, can result in weak muscles and bones, as well as hair loss and depression.

 

Protein

Yogurt is a great source of Protein about 12 grams per 7 ounces. Protein has been shown to support metabolism by increasing the number of calories that you burn throughout the day. Getting enough protein is also important for appetite regulation, as it increases the production of hormones that signal fullness. Research studies have shown those who consume yogurt eat fewer calories overall throughout the day.

 

Good Fats

Can’t forget about “Good Fats”.  Fat gets a bad rep, not all fat makes you fat, that is such an annoying myth. Fat is needed for brain and heart health.

Dairy products contain some naturally occurring trans fats that are unlike the harmful trans fats found in some processed foods.

These fats named conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), are not considered harmful these fats may help reduce body fat and inflammation, reduce the risk of heart disease, improve blood sugar control and fight cancer cells.

Decide which type to eat based on your dietary habits, food preferences, and your individual calorie goals.

 

Why Does Yogurt Get A “BAD” Reputation? 

The number one reason yogurt gets a bad reputation is for one main reason, most of the yogurt found in the grocery store these days is artificially flavored and full of sugar and artificial sweeteners. These additives feed the bad bacteria in the gut, basically reversing the benefits of the probiotics.

Sweetened yogurts will do more harm than good, but a good plain full-fat yogurt has relatively low amounts of natural sugars, while also containing high-quality protein and healthy fats,  

Of coarse Plain, Full-fat yogurt doesn’t taste as good as those sugary varieties making them less popular and undesirable to children.

To make your plain full-fat yogurt taste better if you like things a little sweeter, make a yogurt parfait. Add a handful of nuts or granola with fresh fruit. Healthy Eats, Yogurt Parfait. Find out not only how to create a healthy snack but what yogurts are the best to use to make this snack. #healthyfood #eatclean #quicksnacks #healthysnacks

 

When it comes to yogurt, keeping it healthy means keeping it simple.

Less is more when it comes to choosing a healthy yogurt. Plain, unsweetened varieties are best since they contain minimal ingredients without any added sugar. … Summary: The best yogurts for your health contain few ingredients and no added sugar. Aim for a brand that is organic, grass fed and also contains probiotics and vitamin D.

 

 

Wait! What if your Lactose Intolerant?

Don’t worry I didn’t forget about ya! The answer is Greek Yogurt.

Greek yogurt is one of those foods that contradicts the saying “if it tastes good, it must be bad for you.” The yogurt is heavily strained to remove liquid whey and lactose, leaving behind a tangy, creamy product. Plain Greek yogurt has double the protein, half the carbs and half the sodium of the regular variety.

However, this means Greek yogurt is also typically higher in calories and fat and contains less calcium than traditional yogurt.

 

My Top Picks

Siggi’s Vanilla Strained Non-Fat Yogurt

  • High in protein, 16 – 17 g per cup
  • Fat-free
  • All natural ingredients and no high fructose corn syrup
  • Sweetened lightly with agave nectar
  • Can be enjoyed by lactose intolerant individuals without harsh side effects

 

Fage Total 2% Greek Yogurt

  • High in protein, 20g per cup
  • Active Cultures
  • Also comes in a Fat-Free version
  • Can be enjoyed by lactose intolerant individuals without harsh side effects

 

Chobani, Fruit on the Bottom Non-Fat Greek Yogurt

  • Sugar is 15 grams, a bit high for my liking ( I like to stay under 10g) the whole milk version only has 4 g of sugar but is harder to find.
  • Can be enjoyed by lactose intolerant individuals without harsh side effects
  • All Natural, No GMO

 

Dannon Oikos Triple Zero Blended Nonfat Greek Yogurt

  • My #1 Favorite,
  • Low in Sugar, High in Protein
  • No fat
  • No artificial sweeteners

Organic Valley, Grassmilk, Organic Whole Milk Yogurt

If you can splurge this is the way to go. It’s a little tart so I recommend adding honey or fruit.

  • Award-winning cream-on-top, whole milk organic yogurt. Minimally processed and made in small batches to preserve seasonal flavors.
  • Grassmilk Yogurt has naturally occurring omega-3s and active cultures. No added sugars.
  • Made with non-homogenized organic milk from 100% grass-fed cows 

 

In Conclusion

Yogurt, Is it Healthy? Regardless of this dispute, the health benefits of yogurt are so impressive that many health-conscious people make it a daily habit. Each year, more and more research is published adding insight into the health benefits of eating yogurt.

Packed with metabolism-revving protein and overflowing with gut-healthy probiotics, yogurt has all the makings of one of the very best weight-loss foods around.

As long as you follow these tips, you can feel confident that the yogurt you pick is a healthy and nutritious choice.

 

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23 Replies to “Is Yogurt Good For You?”

  1. Hi. I’ve enjoyed reading your article. It’s very informative and personally I have learnt a lot. My kids like yogurt and I’m happy for that because it is calcium rich but personally I don’t like the taste. So I say to each his own. Well done though on an article well presented.

    1. My husband has his greek yogurt religiously every morning, personally, I’m not a fan of plain yogurt but love making my own parfait. A handful of granola and whatever fruit floats my boat that day, so good! Have you tried it that way?

  2. Phew! I thought you were going to tell me yogurt was bad for me. I make my own so that’s about as simple as I can get 🙂 And I just learned to make it in the Instant Pot.

  3. Wow. Why is yogurt getting such a bad rap now when it was traditionally advertised as being so healthy for us. I understand form your post that today’s yogurt promotes the growth of bad bacteria because of the artificial sweeteners used in it. Even the probiotic qualities are now compromised. I came off my brand of yogurt and replaced it with Choburn. Now I am learning that it has more sugar than it should. What is a girl to do?

    1. Just be sure to read labels when buying anything these days, the less ingredients the better, and when you can afford to splurge Organic is the way to go for anything prepackaged. Once I find something that’s healthy and I enjoy, I try to stick to it for awhile so I’m not in the grocery store for hours reading labels, my husband has actually called me before wondering if I was okay bc I was gone so long 🙂

  4. I love yogurt but had no idea there’s so much to know about it…!! Personally my fave is greek yogurt, which I use in pretty much any recipe that calls for cream. You’re sooo right though, so many yogurts come full of sugar and preservatives, that it seems healthy, but it’s not at all… definitely one of those products that you need to read the ingredient list. Loving this content though – you’ve got a new reader 🙂

    1. Awww, thank you very much. Yes I like to research anything related to nutrition and fitness, minored in Nutrition in college for fun! The human body is amazing to mean, it will react and evolve based on how we treat it and what we consume. I will have a lot more interesting post to come.

  5. Love this post! I regularly drink smoothies once daily as a meal. I’m so happy to read that yogurt is good for you! I am going to take a closer look at the brand I am eating.

  6. I absolutely loooove yogurt.. I go through withdrawals if we don’t have any in the fridge. Plus it helps with my tummy issues. I actually really don’t like the taste of artificial flavours so I don’t have any issues with that but I do think that greek yogurt might be healthier, too? Thanks for the insights!

  7. I think most of the foods nowadays are sadly laden with additives and artificial flavours. I love how you provided a list of your faves and also options for those who are lactose intolerant. Simple is always best as with most things. Greek yoghurt is my fave. This is a very well thought out article. Makes me want to grab one right this minute 🙂

  8. Very informative blog and greatly written! I drink probiotics drink every meal. It’s very popular in Philippines and Korea. It’s called Yakult. Thanks for sharing ♥️ ♥️ By any chance you are interested on doing collaborations, you can check out the collaborations portal of Phlanx.com and connect with amazing brands!

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    Tiffany

  9. This was so interesting! I’m a huge lover of yogurt, but it always seems to be so ‘bad’. Luckily for me, I love natural and Greek yogurts as well! I think whatever you ‘top’ the yogurt with contains enough sugar, so why have a fancy yogurt that’s laden with sugars?

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