f4ba68c1cbedb0122ea82653afbd56f3b53077b88b4c4a5f31 Uncomplicated Healthy Living: Yogurt - Make it Part of Your Healthy Eating http://www.freesearchenginesubmission.infoher-libido.com

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Yogurt - Make it Part of Your Healthy Eating


You hear both good and bad about yogurt.  There are many brands out there that have turned something that can be healthy into a sugar and fat laden downfall.  Keep a few things in mind when looking for yogurt and you will be able to take advantage of it's many health benefits.

  • Look for the seal:  The National Yogurt Association has a seal that can only be put on yogurts having 100 million active starter cultures per gram.  What does this mean for you?  You are getting the active cultures you are paying for.  Some yogurts are heated after being made, which kills the cultures.  So look for the seal that states it has live and active cultures.
  • Read the ingredients:  You want yogurt, not gelatin with yogurt flavor.  Going for the organic brands will get you the real thing.  The fewer the ingredients the better it is.
  • Watch the fat content:  Yogurt can be a heart healthy food.  However, animal fats are not heart healthy.  Ideally you want 3.5 grams or less of fat per serving.  That means get low fat or nonfat.
  • Watch the sugar:  Many companies have turned yogurt into sugar laden pudding.  Processed sugar has no benefits.  It is empty useless calories.  So you should get artificially sweetened yogurt, right?  Wrong, artificial sweeteners do our bodies more harm than good.  Yes, they can save calories.  But, they also destroy your bodies ability to tell what should be used and what should be stored as fat.  Look for yogurt that has 20 grams or less of sugar.  Or go for the plain and dress it up as yourself.
  • Watch the frozen yogurt:  What is labeled frozen yogurt may be ice cream with some yogurt added in.  Again look for the live and active culture seal to be sure.  Better yet, make your own.  See how by clicking here.
What are some good things about yogurt?

  • It is a high protein food.  It is up to you if you choose to eat dairy or not.  But, yogurt is an excellent source of protein.  Again, not all are created equal.  Look for one that has 8 to 10 grams of protein.
  • It is a source of calcium, B12, B5, potassium, phosphorus, riboflavin, iodine and zinc.  All great health benefits.  Plus you get the probiotics.
  • It is versatile.  You can use it in savory or sweet applications.  You can use it in dips or make your own yogurt cheese.  Pour yogurt into a double layer of cheese cloth.  Gather the corners of the cloth and tie them around a long handled utensil.  Place the utensil across a bowl, allowing the yogurt to hang into the bowl.  Let drain several hours and you will have yogurt cheese that has the same consistency as cream cheese.  Use it the same way you would cream cheese. 
Yes, yogurt can be a part of your healthy diet.  It can be of benefit to you.  Enjoy what you are eating.  Healthy eating doesn't have to be boring or tasteless.  Was this info. helpful?  Let me know.  Leave a comment.
   

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