How to Choose the BEST Yogurt

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As a nutritionist I hear many people asking if yogurt is healthy and what kind of yogurt to choose. I have often thought about this question when I walk through the grocery store lines because on one hand you have very boring white yogurt that is filled with bacteria and on the other you have brightly colored caramel swirl yogurt treats. As if we are not confused enough, the marketing committees for many famous brands choose to use the words like 'natural' to make us believe that it is good for us. Natural does not mean anything except that it exists.

Many shoppers are either too busy or too overwhelmed, or sadly too uneducated, to know how to choose a healthy from an unhealthy yogurt. Once you learn this simple technique on how to choose yogurt, you will find that you can easily walk into the store and make your decision based on a few key factors:

1. organic

2. plain (like REALLY plain)

3. live active bacteria

There are also a few things to avoid if possible and that is both natural and artificial sweeteners. Yogurt (to be healthy and beneficial for your immune system and other things) has to be very very plain, so get used to it! The yogurt that taste more like ice cream is full of heavily processed sugars OR is sugar free, which is actually code for 'ARTIFICIAL SUGARS ADDED'. There are so many artificial sugars on the market, and regardless of your stance on if they cause cancer or not, because as with many health related subjects, there are dozens (if not hundreds) of articles supporting both sides of the debate. Sadly, as with many things in health, there will not feel like a clear answer because there is the sad and true fact that some scientists fake studies (on both side of the debate) for monetary and other purposes.

So back to yogurt.

This article at the 'Nick and Gen Healthy Life' website, link below, is easy to read and breaks things down in a very simple way to help you choose a healthy yogurt that you can eat in peace and relative abundance (about 1 cup a day is recommended).

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