It is thought that yogurt is a healthy and wholesome snack. We are happy to give it to children and eat it every day. When on a diet we also reach for it because we think that we are eating something healthy and with little calories.
We are pleased to choose the one with added cereals or fruit, thinking that we are nicely varying our diet and providing our body with valuable nutrients. How many times while choosing a yogurt did you read its ingredients? Probably very sporadically if not at all, and it’s good to know what is inside it. See if you really should be buying it!
1. Huge quantities of sugar
The order of ingredients on the cup isn’t accidental. Those that are at the beginning are most abundant. Sugar is usually at the third position. it’s estimated that in a medium cup (330 g) of yogurt that there’s up to 9 teaspoons of sugar! Often it’s replaced with a glucose-fructose syrup, which causes even more metabolic abnormalities than ordinary sugar. Regularly eating yogurt may cause obesity and type 2 diabetes.
2. Dyes, including ones extracted from the bodies of aphids
For yogurt to have a nice color, they dye it with a substance. Most people think that the intense color comes from the fruit inside it. Nothing of that sort! It’s because of dyes, both synthetic and natural.
See what they dye our favorite desserts with:
- cherry yogurt – a concentrate of black carrots,
- strawberry yogurt – beet concentrate,
- yogurt with kiwi – an extract of nettle,
- peach or apricot yogurt – an extract from peppers,
Black yogurt is without currant and chokeberry, and it contains red-violet dyes, which are also added to yogurt. A popular substance that gives it a nice red color is carmine, which is created from ground bugs. More on this topic HERE.