The Ugly Truth About Yogurt (2023)

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Yogurt has deep roots. It has been enjoyed in many cultures for a long part of history. It is traditionally made by adding milk and a small amount of a yogurt starter culture together and incubating it for several hours within a specific temperature range. This type of yogurt is a delicious staple in many…

The Ugly Truth About Yogurt (1)

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Yogurt has deep roots. It has been enjoyed in many cultures for a long part of history. It is traditionally made by adding milk and a small amount of a yogurt starter culture together and incubating it for several hours within a specific temperature range.

This type of yogurt is a delicious staple in many kitchens around the world! Many cultures consume yogurt as a condiment or as an accompaniment to spicy foods.

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In western cultures, yogurt is considered to be a delicious health food with beneficial bacteria that aids digestion and satisfies cravings without any guilt. Greek yogurt is a popular choice among the health conscious because the whey has been strained out and what’s left is a creamy and protein rich treat.

People in the west are also becoming increasingly aware of the potential health benefits that enjoying fermented foods, such as yogurt, may have. Probiotics and foods containing probiotics are quickly becoming a mainstream trend and yogurt is at the forefront of this movement.

Unfortunately, there is a disparity between the yogurt made through traditional methods and the carton of key lime pie flavored (and any other flavored variety) non-fat yogurt that is ubiquitous on the shelves of the typical grocery store.

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Probiotics – It may be true that there are beneficial probiotics in commercially produced yogurt but any dairy products available at grocery stores have undergone pasteurization at high temperatures which is a process that beneficial bacteria cannot survive. Therefore, the probiotics are likely added to the yogurt after it has been pasteurized rather than allowing the natural fermentation process to produce the bacteria inherent to the yogurt culture. Some manufacturers add specific strains of probiotics that they believe is most beneficial for consumers.

In theory, this is a good idea, but these manufacturers do not take into account that different people may need different strains of probiotics. Therefore, you may not be eating the yogurt that has the good bacteria that your individual system needs, even though you believe you are doing something healthy. Even though the added probiotics in yogurt at the grocery store may be somewhat beneficial among some consumers, they typically come at a high cost to your health…

Sugar – The problem with these store-bought yogurts is that most of them, especially the alluring ones, are loaded with sugar. How often do you see a yogurt product that sounds too good to be true? The labels read like a decadent dessert menu at a fancy restaurant….Key lime pie, triple berry torte, and red velvet cake. These flavored yogurts claim to be healthy by using the target words “low-fat” or “light” to entice you, but fail to overtly mention the large amount of sugar that exists in place of the fat that was removed. Flavored nonfat or low-fat yogurts sometimes contain up to 25 to 30 grams of added sugar per serving.

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Experts on sugar intake suggest that 50 grams of added sugar is the maximum amount individuals should consume on a daily basis. This means that these yogurts may contain half the amount of the sugar that you should ideally consume per day.

Consider that the calories are usually under 200 per serving of yogurt and you can see that the sugar content is way too high for a reasonable daily caloric intake of 2000 calories. Now it’s clear that these sugary yogurts are not going to help you with your goals of eating healthy, even though their advertisements and labels claim to do just that.

Fruits – You should not only consider the amount of sugar that these yogurts have, but you should also know that the fruits that are frequently swimming in the bottom of your yogurt cup may not be very fresh. The fruit used in these processed yogurts is often chosen because the quality is not good enough to be sold fresh. If the fruit isn’t fresh there is a chance it could become toxic which will make the yogurt toxic as well. Fruit that is past its expiration can produce mycotoxins, which can be harmful to those who consume it. Unfortunately, this is not information that you will find on the label of your favorite fruity yogurt.

But there’s even more to consider about these yogurts…

What if you choose to buy the plain non-fat yogurt that doesn’t have any added fruit or sweet flavors?

Well, the sugar intake is going to be less, which is a good thing, but the fat that was taken away may actually be healthy fat for you! We usually believe that non-fat or low-fat products are the healthiest because we correlate low-fat in a food to mean less fat on our bodies or in our arteries.

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This is not always the case, especially when choosing something with saturated fat. Saturated fat actually helps your body to absorb some nutrients and can be very healthful in moderation. In addition, non-fat yogurt is heavily processed and is no longer as healthy because they it is not a whole food.

What Yogurt Should You Buy?

Fortunately, there are better options for those of us who want to eat healthy and avoid a lot of damaging foods that are marketed as good for us. If you enjoy the different types of yogurt that you find at the grocery store, it is best to buy the ones that offer the most benefits and the least amount of consequence. This is easy now that you know what to avoid.

Find yogurts that are made from 2% or whole milk because they’ve gone through less processing and are closer to their whole, natural form. Skip the sugar and the added fruit and opt instead for plain Greek yogurt or unsweetened plain yogurt. You can add fresh organic fruit and more nutritious sweeteners, such as honey or stevia leaf extract, to your yogurt.

Other Alternatives?

The Ugly Truth About Yogurt (3)Another alternative to replace sugary yogurt products is kefir, which has a similar flavor to yogurt but is a drink. Kefir has even more probiotics than yogurt and can really add delicious flavor to a smoothie with your favorite organic fruits. The probiotics in kefir actually aid your body to have healthy digestion and may help heal your gastrointestinal disorders.

These probiotics are different than the ones in yogurt because they recolonize the gut with beneficial flora, whereas yogurt probiotics just pass through your system. You can buy kefir at health food stores and some grocery stores, but for an even healthier beverage you might want to try making it yourself. You can easily find kefir grains online to which you add milk and then ferment for approximately 15 to 24 hours.

If possible, I recommend finding a great source of local raw milk that comes from grass fed cows in order to make your kefir. Because raw milk hasn’t been pasteurized it has a higher nutrient content and is still in its whole food form! If you don’t have raw milk available, choose a lightly pasteurized organic whole milk for making kefir. You can drink kefir every day and reap the benefits!

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It’s certainly confusing trying to figure out what food is best for you especially with all of the misleading marketing in the world today. But once you begin to tune into what is healthy for your body and you understand that real, whole foods are best, it’s easier to break free from this dilemma. Being aware of food trends and reading the actual ingredients on the foods you buy enables you to make great choices for yourself and your family.

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FAQs

What is the truth about yogurt? ›

True. Yogurt is basically milk and, in the United States, usually cow's milk. It has been fermented by adding bacteria that convert some of the milk sugar (lactose) into lactic acid. This gives it a tart taste and smooth consistency.

Are there any negative effects of yogurt? ›

Weakened immune system: Although rare, live bacteria in yogurt can might cause illness in people with weakened immune systems. If you have a weakened immune system, talk to your healthcare provider before eating large amounts of yogurt that contain live bacteria for prolonged periods of time.

Is yogurt healthy or unhealthy? ›

But there's also research suggesting that yogurt is specifically good for heart health: Yogurt has been linked to healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels. And some research shows that eating yogurt as part of a healthy diet can help prevent long-term weight gain, which is good for the heart.

Does all yoghurt contain live bacteria? ›

Surprisingly, not all yoghurt sold in supermarkets contains live and active cultures, as some companies heat- treat yoghurt after culturing, killing off the bacteria – both good and bad – in doing so, in a bid to lengthen its shelf life.

Is yogurt healthier than milk? ›

And it provides other nutrients such as iodine, vitamins D, B2 and B12, and zinc. But yoghurt is actually more nutritious than milk. The main reason is that the fermentation process makes it easier to digest, so the nutrients can be absorbed more easily into the body.

Why do doctors recommend eating yogurt? ›

Having a daily yogurt can also help protect and support “good” bacterial growth in your colon. It's also great for other digestive maladies, and can help recovery after intestinal infections and diarrhea.

What happens if I eat yogurt everyday? ›

"By eating yogurt every day, you continue to supply your GI tract with healthy bacteria. These healthy bacteria prevent 'bad' bacteria from taking over, which leads to improved gut and immune health."

Is yogurt safe to eat everyday? ›

Other than that, as long as you go for a product that doesn't contain heaps of added sugar, yogurt can definitely be a super healthy component of your daily diet.

What happens when you stop eating yogurt? ›

"By removing yogurt from the diet, one is potentially reducing their protein and calcium intake, both of which are essential for building and maintaining strong bones," says Christine Randazzo Kirschner, RD, nutritionist, and co-founder of Amenta Nutrition.

Is Greek yogurt inflammatory? ›

Yogurt is associated with decreased inflammation, decreased insulin resistance and it may prevent type 2 diabetes,” Dr. Hu says. Nutrition researchers believe yogurt's anti-inflammatory power comes from the probiotics it contains, but that has yet to be confirmed with rigorous trials, he says.

Which yogurt is the healthiest? ›

Healthiest Dairy Yogurts
  • Wallaby Organic No Sugar Added Greek Yogurt.
  • Fage Total 2% Greek Yogurt.
  • Chobani Complete.
  • Siggi's Skyr.
  • Coconut Cult Probiotic Coconut Yogurt.
  • Lavva Dairy Free Yogurt.
  • Siggi's Plant-Based Yogurt.
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Do I need a probiotic if I eat yogurt? ›

However, while yogurt can provide health benefits to some degree, it simply can't be relied upon as an effective source of probiotics. There are several factors that can cause yogurt to fall short of delivering the quality of probiotics that would actually benefit your gut.

Which yogurt has the most live bacteria? ›

Here are the best probiotic yogurts you can buy, recommended by nutritionists.
  • Siggi's Icelandic Skyr. Siggi's Vanilla Whole-Milk Yogurt. ...
  • Yoplait Light. Yoplait Strawberry Yogurt. ...
  • Chobani. Non-Fat Plain Greek Yogurt. ...
  • Stonyfield Farm Organic. ...
  • Fage Total. ...
  • Brown Cow. ...
  • Nancy's Organic. ...
  • Maple Hill Creamery.
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Is there still bacteria in yogurt when you buy it at the store? ›

But surprisingly, not all yogurt sold in stores actually contains "live and active cultures," as the bacteria in yogurt are known. Some companies heat-treat yogurt after culturing, which kills off bacteria, both good and bad, to make it more shelf-stable and reduce tartness.

Which is healthier cheese or yogurt? ›

Is yogurt healthier than cheese ? Yes, yogurt is healthier than cheese because of its higher amount of probiotics and lower fat.

Is Greek yogurt better than yogurt? ›

Because nutritionists urge us to avoid too many sweets, going Greek is a smarter choice. “Greek has a lower amount of sugar (around 5-8 grams, compared to 12 or more grams) than the regular yogurt, while still having the high levels of vitamins and minerals,” Ewoldt says.

How often should you eat yogurt? ›

Eating two to three servings of yogurt per week decreases sugar and caffeine cravings. This helps with weight management and improved heart health. It also reduces the risk of diabetes and age-related cognitive impairment.

Why should females eat yogurt? ›

According to a 2013 study published in “Nutrition Research,” eating yogurt on a regular basis is linked to lower blood pressure, blood glucose, and triglyceride levels, as well as decreased insulin resistance and vaginal infections, when compared to not eating yoghurt.

How much yogurt per day is OK? ›

Tip. It's safe and healthy to eat up to 3 cups of unsweetened nonfat or low-fat yogurt every day.

Is it better to eat yogurt in the morning or at night? ›

With the four recommended times mentioned above, the best options to consume yogurt are in the morning or on an empty stomach. This is because the good bacteria or probiotics in yogurt must reach the large intestine alive to maintain digestive efficiency and health.

Can I eat just yogurt for breakfast? ›

"Plain yogurt, especially Greek yogurt, is a great option in the morning as it's high in protein and calcium," says McGrane. "However, steer clear of fat-free flavored yogurts as most brands make up for the lack of fat by adding more sugar.

What happens if you eat yogurt before bed? ›

Dairy products such as Greek Yogurt contain an amino acid called tryptophan, which may help you to feel drowsier before heading to bed. After you eat foods rich in tryptophan, your body converts it into two hormones, serotonin and melatonin, which may promote a restful night's sleep.

Can we eat banana and yogurt together? ›

Combining the potassium found in bananas with high protein foods like yogurt (especially Greek yogurt) helps build muscle and replenish amino acids that are depleted during exercise. So enjoy the easy-to-grab pair on your way home from the gym or add them to your post-workout smoothies.

What happens if you eat too many yogurts? ›

Health Risks

If you're eating lots of yogurt, between two and three containers daily, for example, it can add more than 500 calories and close to 100 grams of sugar to your diet every day -- a combination that can lead to unwanted weight gain and worsened heart health.

What can I eat instead of yogurt? ›

They come in various flavors and textures, so odds are you will find a few to your liking.
  • Kefir. This yogurtlike drink has a tart flavor, with a thinner consistency than yogurt. ...
  • Kimchi. ...
  • Kombucha. ...
  • Miso. ...
  • Pickles. ...
  • Sauerkraut.
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What does cutting out dairy do to your body? ›

One of the top benefits of cutting out dairy is the removal of excess saturated fats, sugar and salt from your diet, thus lessening your calorie intake and promoting a healthy weight. Dairy is also renowned as an acidic food, disrupting your body's acid/alkaline balance.

What happens to your body when you eliminate dairy? ›

Dairy products are mucus-forming and the protein in dairy has been found to increase inflammation in vital parts of the body such as the thyroid gland and digestive tract. Since cutting dairy, I've noticed improvements in my metabolism and energy levels — which can both be linked to thyroid health.

What is the number one food that causes inflammation? ›

The five types of foods that cause inflammation include: Red meat and processed meats, including bacon, hot dogs, lunch meats and cured meats. Refined grains, including white bread, white rice, pasta and breakfast cereals. Snack foods, including chips, cookies, crackers and pastries.

Is oatmeal inflammatory? ›

Background: Oat and its compounds have been found to have anti-inflammatory effects.

What are the side effects of eating Greek yogurt? ›

Like other dairy products, Greek yogurt contains natural hormones, which can be harmful to people with hormonal imbalances. The pasteurized and homogenized milk used in the yogurt can lead to histamine problems such as acne and eczema, as well as gastrointestinal problems for some people.

What yogurt is most natural? ›

Greek yoghurt is generally considered the most nutritious option when it comes to yoghurts. Due to the way it is made, it is naturally higher in protein, which makes it a great addition to breakfast, leaving you feeling satisfied throughout the morning.

What yogurt is a Superfood? ›

Greek yogurt is considered a superfood partly because it provides more protein than regular yogurt. A 170 gram (six-ounce) serving of Greek yogurt has just as much protein as 85 grams (three ounces) of lean meat, which makes it a great alternative source of protein.

What's the difference between yogurt and Greek yogurt? ›

Greek yogurt is made by straining out the extra whey in regular yogurt, which makes the yogurt thicker, creamier and tangier than regular yogurt. While plain Greek yogurt has less sugar and more protein than regular yogurt, the latter delivers almost twice the bone-strengthening mineral calcium.

What are the signs you need probiotics? ›

What Are the Signs You Need Probiotics?
  • Brain fog, decline in memory, or cognitive dysfunction.
  • Abdominal pain, stool changes, or excess gas and bloating.
  • Chronic fatigue and sleep disturbances.
  • Mood disturbances, depression, or anxiety.
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What is better than yogurt for probiotics? ›

Kefir, another fermented milk product, has many important nutrients and far more probiotic cultures compared to yogurt to help aid and balance your gut bacteria. Kefir has 30 types of probiotic yeasts and beneficial bacteria—that's approximately three times the number of probiotic cultures compared to yogurt!

What are the signs that probiotics are working? ›

But there are some common indicators that they may be working for you.
  • Less stomach pain. For some people, certain probiotics can help with stomach pain and cramps. ...
  • More frequent poops. ...
  • Less bloating. ...
  • Improved sleep. ...
  • Better mood, memory, and mental clarity. ...
  • Fewer vaginal infections.
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What kills live cultures in yogurt? ›

Answer. Bacteria are heat sensitive so if we are cooking foods that have a live culture in eg. yoghurt, the heat will kill off bacteria.

Why is there so much bacteria in yogurt? ›

Yogurt is made when heated milk is combined with bacteria, specifically Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus, and left to sit for several hours at a warm temperature (110-115°F). Additional types of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria may be added.

How do you know if yogurt has live bacteria? ›

Live and Active Cultures in Yogurt

The label on the container will tell you what probiotics are in the yogurt. Some yogurts carry the National Yogurt Association's (NYA) “Live and Active Culture” seal, but if that label is not on the container, look at the ingredient panel.

Can you eat 1 month expired yogurt? ›

While there's no set time after which your yogurt will suddenly turn to total crap, in general, you can safely enjoy many unopened yogurts for a month or so past the "best by" date, says Chapman.

Does yogurt really help your gut? ›

Why it's good for you: A fermented food, yogurt naturally contains lots of probiotic cultures that strengthen the digestive tract. Some Greek yogurt also boasts added probiotics like Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus casei that may help increase the good bacteria in your gut.

Is it OK to eat yogurt everyday? ›

Eating two to three containers of yogurt every day can add around 500 calories and close to 100 grams of sugar to the daily diet. This can cause unwanted weight gain and increase the risk of diabetes. There have been gastroenteritis outbreaks in the past because of the use of unpasteurized milk in yogurt.

What is the healthiest yogurt and why? ›

Greek yogurt has more protein and fewer carbs, while dairy-free yogurt tends to have less fat and no lactose. Organic yogurt may be richer in certain nutrients, but it's lower in others.

Is yogurt actually probiotic? ›

Besides healthy doses of calcium and protein, yogurt is a prime source for probiotics, the "good" live bacteria and yeasts. Why are these helpful? Having a proper balance of bacteria in your gut improves digestion, blocks dangerous organisms that can cause infections, and boosts your immune system.

Is it better to eat yogurt or eggs for breakfast? ›

calories. Egg is high in calories and greek yogurt has 49% less calories than egg - greek yogurt has 73 calories per 100 grams and egg has 143 calories. For macronutrient ratios, egg is lighter in protein, lighter in carbs and much heavier in fat compared to greek yogurt per calorie.

Which is healthier yogurt or Greek yogurt? ›

Because nutritionists urge us to avoid too many sweets, going Greek is a smarter choice. “Greek has a lower amount of sugar (around 5-8 grams, compared to 12 or more grams) than the regular yogurt, while still having the high levels of vitamins and minerals,” Ewoldt says.

How much yogurt is too much? ›

Health Risks

If you're eating lots of yogurt, between two and three containers daily, for example, it can add more than 500 calories and close to 100 grams of sugar to your diet every day -- a combination that can lead to unwanted weight gain and worsened heart health.

How much yogurt should you eat a day? ›

Tip. It's safe and healthy to eat up to 3 cups of unsweetened nonfat or low-fat yogurt every day.

Is it better to take a probiotic or eat yogurt? ›

And as we've already mentioned, many yogurts have high amounts of high fructose corn syrup, processed sugar, and other less-than-healthy ingredients that can mess with your gut. So it becomes clear: eat yogurt as a treat but take a probiotic supplement for your populating the beneficial bacteria in your gut.

Can yogurt fix your gut? ›

Why it's good for you: A fermented food, yogurt naturally contains lots of probiotic cultures that strengthen the digestive tract. Some Greek yogurt also boasts added probiotics like Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus casei that may help increase the good bacteria in your gut.

Do I need a probiotic if I eat yogurt every day? ›

Your immune system will be stronger.

"Yogurt is full of probiotics, which are bacteria that improve our gut health," says Megan Byrd, RD from The Oregon Dietitian. "By eating yogurt every day, you continue to supply your GI tract with healthy bacteria.

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