Anyone who knows me well knows that I have a small obsession with yogurt; greek yogurt to be exact. Yogurt makes a great breakfast or snack because it has good bacteria that helps us digest things. It also can be an awesome source of protein. The reason I prefer greek yogurt, aside from it’s creamy texture, is that 1 serving delivers 25% of your daily need for protein!
protein= long, steady energy and muscle building/repair
Unfortunately, not all yogurts are created equal. Many have artificial sweeteners or added sugars that transform yogurt into a chemical-rich dessert. Women should eat no more than 25g of sugar a day, and men 37.5g max. Worse yet, some of these sugars are from unnatural sources.
Rule of thumb: Don’t eat something if you can’t recognize the ingredients list.
To further limit sugar, its best to buy plain yogurt and add fresh fruit yourself. Because of where I work, its much more practical for me to eat yogurt with fruit already in it. Moral of the story: do the best you can with what you have available to you. Even little changes help!
Here’s my hierarchy from worst choice to best choice in yogurt:
full-fat, artificially sweetened<low-fat, artificially sweetened<low-fat, naturally sweetened< low-fat greek, naturally sweetened