Yogurt Is Actually Bad For You

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Yup, you read that right. The majority of big name yogurt brands that you find at the grocery store are actually bad for you. Why? Because they’re loaded with sugar and the milk that they use most likely comes from cows that have been pumped full of antibiotics and growth hormones. Seriously, you may as well be eating candy with a steroid chaser. Even the so-called “naturalyogurts or those marked with the ever popular “organic” label.

“So what”, you say? What’s wrong with some sugar, if you’re getting the other health benefits of probiotics and calcium that yogurt provides? What’s a little artificial sweetener amongst friends? What’s the big deal about cows injected  with antibiotics or hormones and how does it affect you?

Well, take a seat and I’ll explain-

Sugar And Calcium Do Not Play Well Together

Yes, it’s true, calcium is essential to good health. It is a major mineral, and keeps our skeletal structure strong, so that we don’t develop osteoporosis and end up with bones that look like Swiss Cheese. It lends a hand to Vitamin K so that our blood will clot when necessary, and helps regulate our blood pressure. By all accounts, calcium is a hero in our bodies, and yogurt is an excellent source of calcium. However, what you may not realize is that the calcium is all but lost when combined with sugar. Why? Because it has been proven that sugar causes our bodies to excrete calcium, so when you combine the 2, you’re basically wasting the calcium and not much will be absorbed.

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As for the antibiotics and growth hormones? WOW, where do I begin? Antibiotic use in farm animals has been shown to cause a build up of these antibiotics in our bodies. The result? The creation of “superbugs” that are resistant to treatment. This has led to deaths from minor medical issues, because we are no longer able to fight them off and we have built up an immunity to the antibiotics which doctors would normally use to treat these illnesses and infections. Also, the use of growth hormones in farm animals has been linked to early onset puberty as well as breast, colon, prostate, and lung cancer due to the increased levels of insulin-growth factor 1, which is found in cows that have been injected.

The Real Deal On Sugar Free Alternatives

What about sugar free yogurt? Are these better for you? NO! These are laden with ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup, which aids in weight gain, by blocking the receptors in your brain that tell you that you’re full. Other brands add in chemical ridden sugar substitutes that are linked to cancer.

Healthy And All Natural Yogurts That Rock!

So what’s a yogurt lover to do and how are we supposed to keep our bones from deteriorating? Well, note that I said the “majority” of yogurt on the market. There are some brands that you can find at stores such as Mother’s Market and Sprouts that are completely natural AND delicious! These yogurts are sweetened with fruit juice and/or honey, which is much better for your body and overall health, and some brands only use milk that comes from free range, antibiotic free and hormone free cows. Believe me when I say that, when it comes to taste, you will never know the difference… but your body will!

These truly healthy and natural yogurts are also very affordable, and typically range from 89 cents to approximately $1.29 each. There are even non-dairy yogurt products, for those of you that suffer from lactose intolerance, which, by the way, probiotics can help to cure.

I’ll Show You Mine If You Show Me Yours ; )

My favorite brands (so far) are Cascade Fresh and Brown Cow. Although, there are a few others that I plan on trying, as I’ve heard great things about them, such as Noosa Yoghurt.

Know of any other awesome natural yogurts that I didn’t mention? Tell me about them in the comments section below, or use the Contact Us page to tell me about it via email or phone.

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  1. gapton says:

    Ultimate solution : make your own yogurt. It is cheaper than the cheapest (and awful) yogurt that money can buy. Shelf yogurt can never ever be more fresh than home-made yogurt. You get to choose what milk do you use and finally, NO SUGAR, not a dime of it. It tastes really good too! At first you may think it tastes weird, but after a while you will realize THAT is what natural, sugar-free yogurt tastes like and you will grow into enjoying the healthiest yogurt from your own home.

  2. Blue-eye Devil says:

    “What about sugar free yogurt? Are these better for you? NO! These are laden with ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup, which aids in weight gain, by blocking the receptors in your brain that tell you that you’re full.”

    Gina, with all due respect, a sugar-free product cannot be laden with high fructose corn syrup…high fructose corn syrup IS a sugar; it’s fructose–the kind of sugar found in fruits–that’s been unnaturally concentrated. Sugar-free products either have artificial sweeteners or some kind of no-calorie sugar-alcohol like maltitol or erythritol.

    You should be careful what you write; one glaring error like this can make the rest of your post suspect.

    • Gina Lemos says:

      @Blue-eye Devil- You’re absolutely correct, and I think you may have misread my post. I made no reference to high fructose corn syrup, because it is a toxic poison, as it is typically made from genetically modified corn. This substance, as you may know, has been proven to cause cancer, autoimmune diseases, organ damage, and a plethora of additional diseases, illnesses and allergic reactions in the body. What I was referring to is yogurt that is sweetened with actual fruit, or fruit concentrates. Most often you will find that these varieties contain grape juice as a sweetener. I would also suggest products that are sweetened with cane juice (not processed sugar), or raw honey. However, I believe that most yogurt is unneccessary and is nothing more than empty calories, and that unprocessed, whole foods are a much better choice of snack. However, I’m also a realist, and understand that some people are going to go for the easy, quick food in a container, so the options that I have suggested are, at least, the lesser of 2 evils. Hope this clears up my position.
      Thanks for visiting and for your comment.

  3. Dude says:

    Hey I am thinking about starting to eat muesli for breakfast and I wanted to sue yogurt. When I found this I realised I needed the right things. I live in Australia and I need you to suggest some good natural yoghurt over here. For now I will just use milk. Thankyou

    • Gina Lemos says:

      Here in the U.S., we have several options for quality, healthy yogurt. However, I’m not sure how many of these would be available in Australia. Since I eat a primarily plant based diet, I choose yogurts that contain no dairy products, and prefer yogurts that are made with soy, coconut or almond milk. My current favorite is the Greek Style, Coconut milk yogurt sold at Sprouts and other health stores. It has a creamy texture and great flavor. If you choose to use a dairy based yogurt, I suggest that you use only organic versions, as they will contain no antibiotics or hormones, and the cows would be grass fed, rather than GMO grain fed. Hope this info helps and sorry for the late reply.

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