Like Yogurt? (Read This)
This article dives deep and uncovers the TRUTH about yogurt, that way you know all the facts both the good and the bad
You’ve probably noticed the push towards probiotics. And that’s a good thing. They are super important to your immune system (70% of your immune system is inside your gut) and they’re vital for good digestive health.
The problem is that most people falsely assume that they’re getting all of the probiotics they need from yogurt and that’s just not the case. In fact, there are a few problems with yogurt that you should know about.
Yogurt Problem #1
Not every yogurt brand contains live cultures of good bacteria. Just about every yogurt in the United States starts with pasteurized milk. Now, that’s not exactly a deal killer because once the live cultures are added and the milk ferments you’ll once again have live and active bacteria that is easier to digest and contains less lactose. The issue is that some brands pasteurize the milk AFTER the fermentations process. And that kills the good bacteria. Most of the high quality brands don’t make this mistake.
However, the total amount and the kind of probiotics in yogurt can and do vary greatly. Usually in the range of 1 Billion to 5 Billion CFUs per cup (CFU stands for colony forming unit).
That’s not bad, but nowhere close to some of your other, healthier options. I’ll share those in a moment.
The thing to keep in mind when looking at yogurt brands is to look for “live and active cultures” on the label.
Yogurt Problem #2
Too many sweeteners, preservatives and artificial sweeteners.
Here in the United States we’re inundated with sugar. And sadly, yogurt is no different. Whether it’s in the form of corn syrup or something else most yogurts are full of sugar. And the artificial sweeteners don’t help either.
Plus, when yogurts are sweetened with sucralose (splenda) it kills the probiotics. Which means, most of the live cultures will be dead on arrival.
Remember, these big food companies are simply making yogurt that appeals to the sweet tooth that most Americans have.
Which means they contain way too much sugar.
When choosing, always choose an unsweetened plain yogurt or a plain greek yogurt and add your own natural sweetener like stevia or try adding some berries or nuts.
Another thing to keep in mind is the fat content of your yogurt. Honestly, I usually choose the full fat yogurt instead of the fat free. That’s because the extra fat in the yogurt helps to curb cravings and keeps me from getting hungry. When I eat fat free yogurt I’m hungry an hour or two later.
Also, look for yogurt sourced from grass fed cows. The fat in the yogurt is rich in vitamin K2 which works with vitamin D3 and it also contains omega-3 fats, which are vital to good health.
Yogurt Problem #3
The third and final problem with yogurt is that in spite of what you’ve been told, yogurt really isn’t your best bet when it comes to probiotics.
See, when it comes to getting adequate levels of healthy gut bacteria the real key is to get your probiotics from a variety of sources.
Most yogurts out there contain 3 or 4 strains of probiotics tops. While something like Kefir which is a fermented dairy drink contains somewhere in the neighborhood of 10-20 strains depending on the brands.
And when it comes to quantity, yogurt generally contains anywhere between 1 and 5 Billion CFUs per cup. Kefir on the other hand contains between 7 Billion and 50 Billion CFUs per cup, once again depending on the brand.
Also most yogurts are only cultured for 2 or 3 hours. Kefir on the other hand is generally cultured for 12-16 hours. This not only boosts its probiotic numbers but it also makes it easier to digest. Plus, most Kefir is 99% lactose free making it by far the easiest type of dairy to digest. Why? Because the active cultures feed on the lactose and the casein, so you don’t have to.
You can even put Kefir in your smoothies instead of using water or even almond milk, giving them an immune and digestive boost.
Now just to be clear, I do NOT recommend buying regular commercial milk that has been pasteurized and homogenized. In essence you’re eating dead food that contains microscopic particles of fat due to the homogenization.
When you add healthy yogurt and Kefir to your diet on the other hand, you’re consuming live cultures that are much easier to digest.
So if you’re one of those people who has sworn off all dairy, it’s now time to reconsider. Quality yogurt and Kefir have a wide variety of healthy benefits and won’t upset your stomach like regular dairy.
When it comes to probiotics, variety is key. That’s why in addition to yogurt and kefir, I also take a quality probiotic supplement like the one you’ll find in our LIFE RENU Gut Health Stack.
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