Commercials are full of claims that yogurt is good for you. Personal trainers recommend it. Nutritionists and doctors prescribe yogurt as a good source of calcium and healthy bacteria that can help improve health of the digestive system.
Last week, I had an appointment with a gastrointestinal specialist to discuss my gut health. She told me she recommends yogurt to patients as a daily way to get beneficial bacteria instead of taking a probiotic, which can be expensive. She eats it, her husband eats it, and she gives it to her kids too. She said I should eat it too, until she realized I have an intolerance to dairy.
For some, yogurt is not only seen as a healthy snack but also a convenient lunch option. Greek yogurt seems to be the most popular because of it’s thick, creamy, satisfying consistency, and it is usually lower in sugars, additives making it appear healthier than other yogurts. Many clients tell me how they love eating yogurt as an easy grab and go lunch. They also talk about how it’s helpful in alleviating constipation, and that it seems easier to digest than a glass of milk.
So what’s wrong with yogurt? Here’s a few reasons I believe it may not be a healthy snack or lunch option:
- Dairy is addicting. Last week, I talked about the opioid affect from the protein, casein, in ice-cream, milk and all dairy, which also includes yogurt and cheese.
- Kids’ yogurts offer very little nutritional value because they are full of sugar, colorings, starches and additives. Kids love it because it tastes great, and we convince ourselves that it’s actually good for them, when it is really not!
- Sugar in yogurt is rapidly absorbed in the body because very little digestion is involved with eating which affects blood sugar more dramatically.
- Contrary to what many woman believe, yogurt actually sabotages weight loss efforts.
- Eating yogurt can lead to constipation because it has very little fiber. Though we don’t know it, many of us are allergic to the proteins in milk, and this allergy, combined with the the practice of replacing healthier foods with milk products can lead to some pretty nasty constipation issues. By allergy, I mean a delayed allergy or intolerance to the casein in milk. Lactose intolerance is also extremely common and means an allergy to the milk sugar, lactose in dairy.
- Non-organic yogurt is made from cow’s milk that is tainted by the antibiotics and growth hormones given to the cows to increase milk production.
- As a source of healthy bacteria, yogurt does not contain nearly the quantity or quality of beneficial bacteria that a high quality probiotic offers, plus has all the side affects listed here.
- The protein, calcium and small amount of beneficial bacteria in yogurt are all just excuses to eat the sugar that is inherently in it – the milk sugar plus any added additional sugars. Another reason it is addicting…..
If you’ve got concerns over calcium for your or your children’s bone health, then eat a bowl full of broccoli or dark leafy greens instead of yogurt. Though, that may not be enough. In addition, I recommend getting help on how to improve digestion in terms of absorption of nutrients while also alleviating the leeching of calcium and other minerals from bones (this happens because the body is seeking homeostasis and wants to combat the acidity that comes from a diet high in meat, sugar and processed foods).
Now, if you can’t part with your Chobani, then get it unsweetened and add a natural sugar like honey, maple syrup or real fruit juice. But you may want to think again because if you can’t part with it there is probably a really good reason why, beyond that it tastes good and is a quick fix.
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