Why Candy Bars May be a Healthier Choice Than Yogurt

Agribusiness did it again. It turned something that was once good for you into junk food.yogurt is junk food

According to a report conducted by The Cornucopia Institute, a food and farm policy research group, agribusiness takes advantage of yogurt’s image as a health food. Then secretly (sometimes illegally) alters their products to entice your taste buds into wanting more.

Their biggest targets are moms.

These companies use clever marketing to trick unsuspecting moms into thinking they’re making more nutritious food choices for their family.

“In some cases, they might as well be serving soda pop or a candy bar with a glass of milk on the side,” says Mark A. Kastel, codirector of The Cornucopia Institute.

For example, popular Fage 0% fat honey flavored Greek yogurt contains over 9 teaspoons of sugar. Yoplait’s Go-Gurt Blueberry Blast contains a little over 7 teaspoons of sugar.

Other yogurt dangers to watch out for:

Fruit flavored yogurt
Many don’t include any actual fruit. And they’re loaded with enough sugar to rival a candy bar.

Artificial sweeteners
Some, especially the low-calorie options, use questionable sweeteners like aspartame (also called NutraSweet®). Artificial sweeteners are linked to brain tumors, neurological diseases, and obesity. Also watch out for fructose, corn syrup, and other sweeteners.

Thickeners
Many yogurts contain carrageenan, derived from red seaweed. Carrageenan is linked to gastrointestinal inflammation and diseases. So if you think you’re eating yogurt to help your digestion, you could be making it worse.

Carrageenan is widely used in yogurts marketing towards kids, like the ones in squeeze tubes. Vegetarians, watch out for another popular thickener, gelatin – an animal byproduct.

Artificial colors and flavorings
Many yogurts include chemical coloring additives linked to ADHD in kids. Dr. David Kessler, former FDA chief warns some natural and artificial flavorings “are so stimulating, they hijack our brain.”

Probiotics
Some yogurts claim “Live and Active Cultures” inside to support a healthy digestion. Cornucopia Institute tested several popular brands straight out of the supermarket. The result: many regular organic brands contained more beneficial bacteria than brands with so-called Live and Active Cultures.

But don’t worry, yogurt can still be good for you.

Keep yogurt healthy by buying a larger container of plain organic yogurt. Then add your own fruit and granola. Extra bonus: you can save money this way too.

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Until next time, be sure to keep living gracefully!