The following came from an email newsletter from BioTrust Nutrition. While it may seem basic to some, I feel there’s a great deal of value in re-visiting the basic. Enjoy the read!
Did you know that almost ALL yogurts are flat out bad news for your waistline?“Light” yogurts,for instance, are absolutely terrible for you,and for more reasons thatone.First, most “light” yogurts are loaded with artificial sweeteners and/or high fructose corn syrup. High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is one of the top 3 WORST ingredients you could ever consume. First, as it’s name suggests, it’s made of primarily fructose, a sugar that easily spills over to fat storage when consumed in sizable quantities. And artificial sweeteners are…well…artificial. Do you really want to put chemically altered, man-made ingredients that don’t exist in nature into your body? Us either. Second, HFCS is made from genetically modified corn. Third, HFCS spikes blood sugar and insulin like almost no other food or ingredient. Bad news all around.Bottom line, just because something is low calorie (i.e. “Light”) doesn’t make it a healthy choice, or even a choice that will positively affect your fat loss goals.
What about “fat free” yogurts?
Well, hopefully we all know and understand by now that fat isn’t bad. Fat is a critical nutrient to both your health and your fat loss efforts and actually helps to naturally stabilize many important hormones in your body that play a key role in optimizing your body’s fat-burning environment. Secondly, most fat-free yogurts are LOADED with sugar. Here’s a plan: Let’s get rid of the naturally occurring healthy fats and load up on sugar instead! Sounds like a plan to us…a really bad one. So does that mean you should be avoiding all yogurts? No, in fact there’s ONE type of yogurt that we highly recommend you use as part of your fat-burning diet…and that’s Organic Plain Greek Yogurt.
First, Greek yogurt has double the protein of regular yogurt, so you get more protein punch in every spoonful.
Second, by choosing the plain variety you avoid all the extra, unnecessary, artificial ingredients along with calorie-boosting excess sugar. Lastly, by going organic you’ll avoid the hormones and antibiotics that are otherwise generally injected in the typical cow.
Greek Yogurt is our #1 pick for mid-meal snack and we enjoy a serving of Greek yogurt just about
every day. We recommend you do the same.