I really like yogurt and I know it is supposed to be good for you, but I am confused as to which is best. The plain yogurts have so much fat compared to the fruity yogurts. What do you recommend?
Keep in mind that our current fat-free diet philosophy has led to the highest rate of obesity we have ever known. Fat does not make you fat – too many calories make you fat.
Yogurt is a great way to get calcium and protein into your diet but not all yogurts are as good as you might think. Fat-free, fruit filled yogurts have sweeteners and fillers added to them to make up for the flavor and texture that full-fat yogurts have naturally. Most flavored yogurts contain added sugar, cornstarch, gelatin, artificial flavorings and preservatives. Sugar free yogurts have aspartame or other sugar substitutes. Most of this actually winds up adding more calories than you get from full fat yogurt. The best choice for yogurt is plain, all natural, full fat yogurt. My family prefers natural Greek yogurt for its texture and flavor. Plain, all natural, full fat yogurt stays fresh longer and it is easy to add fresh fruit, nuts or even a spoon full of honey to flavor it. All natural yogurts contain healthy bacteria such as lactobacillus and acidophilus. The fat in natural yogurt will give you a full, satisfied feeling and is a good source of nutrition.