Yogurt can be a creamy, delicious, and healthy, all at the same time. That’s great! However, far from all yogurt is healthy. In fact, most are loaded with sugar and countless additives. Finding healthy yogurt is not hard, but requires to know where to look.
Why yogurt is healthy
The most natural and healthy yogurt contain live microorganisms, enzymes, vitamins and other vital nutrients.
Research has found many benefits of consuming yogurt. Here are a few examples.
- Lessen the severity of Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Reduce sick days associated with flu and colds
- Cut the risk for stomach ulcers caused by Helicobacter pylorii
- One small serving can provide up to nine grams of protein
- Contains calcium for bone and teeth health
- Contains a variety of B-vitamins
- Contains minerals such as potassium
- Promotes weight loss in some cases
Downside of commercial yogurt
Some people think that just because something is labeled as “Yogurt with Probiotics” or similar, it must be healthy. But the truth is that most commercial yogurt should be avoided. Why?
Because most yogurt is loaded with sugar, conservatives, colouring and other additives.
Researchers have found that a single glass of commercial cow or goat milk can contain up to 20 hormones, antibiotics and painkillers. If you buy milk or yogurt in the supermarket, you can be sure it will contain contaminants. However, yogurt made from organic milk will be much better.
Try making yogurt from raw milk
Raw milk does not undergo any refining process and is naturally loaded with nutrients, enzymes, vitamins and good bacteria, called probiotics.
Yogurt made from raw milk from grass-fed animals produced for human consumption is best. The quality of the milk is as good as the farm it comes from. I’ve prepared yogurt from raw milk many times and have always been happy with the result.
Yogurt in grocery stores
Yogurt mass-produced by the big national brands is often full of refined sugars, artificial coloring, and preservatives.
What if you you want to buy yogurt in your grocery store. What healthy choices are there?
Greek yogurt or regular unsweetened, organic yogurt would be good options. They are full of calcium, good bacteria, and protein while having few calories. Such yogurt contain a good amount of nutrients.
- Vitamins B1, B2, B7, and K
- Minerals as magnesium
- Essential amino acids
- Complete proteins
- Healthy yeast
If you want something sweet in your yogurt, add banana, apple, fresh berries; or use stevia, a natural sweetener without calories
Greek yogurt have much of the lactose, whey and sugar removed which makes for a bit more bite, but also increase the protein content to almost twice that of many commercial yogurts. So if you’re looking for healthy yogurt, Greek yogurt style is a great choice.