Hello readers! On this blog we wanted to talk about what once was your favorite childhood snack in a colorful tube. No, we’re not actually going to talk about GoGurt, but we are unmasking yogurt. The controversy over if yogurt is actually healthy can make it difficult to determine if this snack is your friend or foe. We’d like to talk about some positive aspects of yogurt and how you can better understand what’s really inside that little cup.

First and foremost, yogurt is packed with probiotics that ease digestion. The word probiotic literally means “for life” because you are consuming living organisms. While that might sound strange, there are good and bad bacteria living in our stomachs that help us digest foods. The probiotics are all good bacteria that boost our immune functions and digestive systems. You can look on labels for different forms of probiotics. Some might say “active cultures” or one specific probiotic “bifidus regularis”, which is directly related to the digestive system. It is hard to measure the amount of probiotics being consumed as many of them are not yet studied but some research shows that yogurt contains anywhere from 90 to 500 billion colonies per serving.

Let’s not forget that yogurt is made from milk and contains lots of nutrients. Yogurt can contain a good amount of protein, calcium, vitamin B-2, B-12, and potassium. While the calcium and vitamin D intake from yogurt isn’t through the roof, it is enough to help keep bones strong as you age. Yogurt has also proven to help keep you feeling full longer, specifically yogurts containing real fruit.

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Lastly, we know that the biggest deterrent about yogurt is it’s sugar content. Our bodies need a certain amount of sugar in the day to keep going, and luckily plain yogurt contains natural occurring sugar from the lactose in milk, the starting component. This natural sugar can be found in plain regular, Greek style, nonfat, or full fat yogurt. On the other hand flavored yogurt has “added sugars”, which are used to enhance the flavor of plain yogurt. Some flavored yogurts can have up to 18 grams of added sugar so it would be smart to compare the labels and sometimes choose the plain alternative.

Those are some of the aspects that we think are most important in this yogurt battle. We hope this helps you make a more informed decision about your yogurt! That’s all for today, stay healthy friends!

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