But then there’s yogurt…and here’s where I have to make an exception to my dairy prejudice. Yogurt is fermented by adding bacterial cultures to milk, transforming the milk sugar, lactose, into lactic acid. But yogurt is a different story. Fermented or cultured dairy products like yogurt are acid neutral so they don’t have that calcium leaching effect. Sugar is another of those acid-forming foods that will leach calcium from your bones. There should only be about 10 to 12 grams of sugar in a serving of yogurt because that’s the amount that is naturally contained in a serving of plain dairy.
Unfortunately, yogurt has been hijacked by big food companies and what was a naturally cultured health food has become in many cases a highly processed junk food. Thanks to the hype of advertising, millions of people have been led to believe that they need to eat a plastic container full of sugar, preservatives and fillers. You have to read yogurt nutrition fact panels to be sure that you are getting a product that is a whole food and will actually nourish your body.
Don’t rely on what the pretty label or the commercial says – that’s all advertising and the marketing department clearly has an agenda to make you buy. Millions of people believe in the magical properties of Activia thanks to their advertising campaign with Jamie Lee Curtis. But guess what – Activia couldn’t prove the claims they were making and two years ago they had to pay a $45 Million class action settlement to consumers for false advertising. The yogurt was selling at a 30% premium because they had convinced consumers that Activia had special bacteria that improved digestion and immunity. The one from Seven Stars Farm in Phoenixville, Pa is for their plain, organic, biodynamic yogurt. Activia Ingredients: Cultured Grade reduced fat milk, sugar, water, fructose, modified food starch, contains less than 1% of milk protein concentrate, modified corn starch, natural vanilla flavoring, Kosher gelatin, agar agar, guar gum, lactic acid, calcium lactic, Vitamin D3, sodium citrate, sodium citrate.
In this example Seven Stars serving size = 1 cup (245 grams) but Activia’s, serving size = one container (113 grams).
Sugar 36 grams? Now we know sugar is not good for our bones and modified food and corn starches?
The big new marketing rage in the dairy aisle and hence the big consumer hot topic is Greek yogurt.
Both Greek and American style yogurt are fermented with traditional lactic acid bacteria —Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus—that give yogurt many of its digestive health benefits. The big difference between the two is thickness – Greek yogurt is thicker because more of the whey has been drained out. And because the liquid’s been drained out, Greek yogurt has almost twice the protein of regular yogurt. On the other hand, regular yogurt has about 10% more calcium than the Greek because straining out the whey removes some calcium. Greek yogurt will cost you more because of good marketing but also because it takes about four times more milk to make it than regular yogurt. Hi Irma, and thnx for your good article… do you think natural honey is a good replacement for sugar?
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