For those who choose to have dairy as part of their way of life and yogurt is one of those choices. There seems to be an abundance of confusion and false representation of diet and full fat yogurt.
Synonymous with the weight loss industry, marketing and image, diet yogurt portrays an idea of weight loss and better choice. However, closer observation reveals an elephant in the room that can’t be ignored.
Pay very close attention to the ingredients list of the yogurt. Virtually 9 out of 10 diet yogurts on the shelf have added sugar. Simply listed as “Sugar” or “Added Sugar”. Even though the fat content will be low, in many cases the diet, sugar added yogurt option will be higher in calories and more than the daily recommended sugar level. This is something to look out for and understand the detriment of (hidden) sugar in diet products.
What’s wrong with fat
Nothing. In fact, fat is an important element in the human diet. Fat is used not only as an energy store but also as an important component of cell development and maintenance, enzyme and hormone synthesis. One of the most recognized deficiencies in a no or low fat diet is a reduction in hormone balance.
What type to look out for:
- Check the ingredients for “Added Sugar” or “Sugar”
- Diet Fruit yogurts
- Diet Flavored yogurts
- Kids snack pack yogurts
What to look for:
- Ingredients that only have the dairy, milk, and cultures and should be less than 4 or 5 on the list of total ingredients
- Greek, or Pot Set yogurts
- Plain content, nothing added, just white cream consistent.
- Full Fat or full cream (the fat is beneficial as well as the good bacteria)
- Coach Stephen