What to look for when buying yogurt…
Labels on the front of yogurt and many food products can be deceptive. They spotlight healthy terms on the main label to trick you. Go directly to the Nutritional Facts and Ingredients label and see what your getting.
Nutritional Label Basics per one single serve container or 1 cup:
- Make sure the sugar grams don’t exceed the protein. Shoot for keeping sugar content below 15g per serving.
- Sodium doesn’t exceed 120mg.
- Calcium is at least 15% of the daily value.
- The first ingredient should always be cultured milk, non-fat milk, or yogurt.
- Sugar or artificial sweeteners should NOT be listed within the first 2 or 3 ingredients. These can be listed in many different names like fructose, sucrose, glucose, dextrose, high fructose corn syrup, cane sugar, sucralose, Splenda, etc. Stevia is a good alternative.
- If you want a yogurt with active cultures/probiotics for digestive health look for Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus. These are the two most important bacterias.
- Try to choose a yogurt that doesn't contain more than 10 to 15 ingredients (the less the better) and isn’t packed with ingredients you can’t identify.
There are so many yogurts on the market, but they all are not healthy for you, so use these tips and choose wisely. If you don’t eat dairy then there are alternative yogurts out there that are made from soy, rice, almonds, etc. Shop around and enjoy!
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