Grabbing the Greek yogurt out of the fridge might have you thinking that you are choosing a healthy alternative for a snack; however, you could be putting a lot of sugar and overly processed food into your body if you are not careful. Next time you are at the grocery store you should be wondering; is your yogurt healthy?
If you are looking to get a great snack that is high in protein and low in sugar, Plain non-fat greek yogurt is the best option and then add your own fruit. Another great option is to make your own yogurt at home.
Loaded with calcium, protein, and healthy bacteria, greek yogurt is the new superfood. Not only is yogurt great for your digestive system and bones, studies show that adding yogurt to your diet could aid in weight loss. Flavors like carmel and cheesecake might have you thinking that you are eating a nutritious and delicious snack when if fact, you could be getting a sugar packed dessert.
The Dr Oz Show has a great cheat sheet on what to look for in finding the healthiest yogurt at the grocery store.
Low Sugar Content (Per Serving Size)
If you check out the label, you might be surprised to find that some yogurt varieties contain more sugar than two donuts! And, many yogurts that claim to be “low sugar” are packed instead with artificial sweeteners. Though plain yogurts usually have less sugar than flavored ones, we know that many people prefer flavored yogurt. With that in mind, here are two of the best flavored yogurts that don’t contain artificial sweeteners and won’t put you into a sugar coma:
- Stoneyfield Greek vanilla: 12 g of sugar
- Yoplait Greek blueberry blend: 18 g of sugar
High Protein Content (Per Serving Size)
Stay alert and full, and support healthy muscles with a good dose of protein in the mornings. Each of these two yogurts contains almost as much protein as three ounces of lean meat:
- Fage 2% plain: 13 g protein
- Oikos traditional plain: 20 g protein
Any refrigerated product legally called “yogurt” must be produced by culturing dairy ingredients with a bacterial culture. These good bacteria can take up residence in your digestive tract, supporting good digestion and immune function by keeping bad bacteria in check. The bacteria are also responsible for making yogurt safe to eat for people with lactose intolerance. Refrigerated yogurts that bear a Live & Active Culture (LAC) seal contain at least 100 million bacterial cultures per gram at the time of manufacture. Here are two yogurts that are LAC and Oz-approved:
- Chobani 2% strawberry banana: Cultures contained include S. Thermophilus, L. Bulgaricus, L. Acidophilus, Bifidus and L. Casei
- Oikos traditional plain: Cultures contained include L. Bulgaricus and S. Thermophilus