CHOOSING THE HEALTHIEST YOGURT
A great many questions exist in this world whose answers have always eluded the grasp of great thinkers. Like how did the dinosaurs become extinct, does God exist, what’s for dinner tonight and which is the healthiest yogurt. While the first three still continue to perplex everybody, we have, with great research and effort, found the answer to the last puzzle. It is possible now to add to your health with the benefits of not just an ordinary yogurt, but the best one. How, you ask? Well, allow us the pleasure to answer:
Natural vs. Added Sugar
Know that all yogurts contain sugar. Plain yogurt has natural sugar (lactose) while other varieties have sugar added for sweetness. Both the types are labeled as ‘sugars’ only under the nutrition facts, so have a look at the ingredients beforehand. It is advisable not to consume more than 6 teaspoons sugar per day for women while 9 teaspoons per day for men. So it is best to go for plain yogurt, cut the added sugars and sweeten them yourself with honey or maple syrup.
Probiotics are the good bacteria found in yogurts that help in proper functioning of your digestive tract. The actual bacteria names are also available under the list of ingredients – L. acidophilus, B. bifidum, B. Longum and L. casei are the ones you must be looking for.
Calcium and Vitamins
Calcium and vitamin D are important for healthy bones, and these two are also an important part of yogurt. Calcium is found naturally in dairy foods while vitamin D is added. The quantity of these two nutrients varies depending on your brand and fat content of the yogurt.
Of nonfat, low-fat and full-fat yogurts available in the market, it is best to go with the former two. Full-fat yogurts contain a higher amount of saturated fat and cholesterol, and hence should be avoided.
Greek yogurt is a popular variety of yogurt available these days. It contains less quantity of sugar as some of it is lost during the straining process. This yogurt also contains less lactose and is therefore a great choice for lactose-intolerant people. Greek yogurt is also available in different fat contents, with nonfat and low-fat again being preferable.
So there we have it! One of the biggest mysteries explained. Phew! No need to clap, no standing ovations, please – it was just our duty towards you. But… Well, there’s one way you can show your appreciation for this wonderful piece of information. By including the healthiest yogurt in your daily life and enjoying a healthy life. After all, your family deserves the best, doesn’t it?