One of the biggest misconceptions that may be sabotaging your diet is that low-fat and fat-free foods are healthy. Many low-fat foods contain the same or even more calories than their full-fat counterparts because they have to add extra sugar to make up for the loss in taste that happens when they remove the fat. One of the best examples of that is in yogurt. You are much better off enjoying plain full fat yogurt than any of the low-fat/non-fat varieties. There is no reason to buy yogurt with added sugar and artificial sweeteners especially if you’re trying to lose weight. If you like a sweeter yogurt add in your own fruit instead.
When buying yogurt, keep these things in mind:
• The fewer ingredients the better
• The lower sugar content the better (a teaspoon of sugar = 4 grams)
• Avoid anything that says fat-free, non-fat, 0% fat or low-fat
• When buying a large container make sure to check what the serving size is. It varies from brand to brand.
Here are some of my favorite brands:
Traderspoint Creamery Whole Milk Plain Yogurt
This is my favorite brand of yogurt. It tastes great and comes in an awesome glass bottle. It’s made with whole milk from 100% grassfed cows and is from the only nationally distributed 100% grassfed organic dairy. You can find it at Whole Foods.
Trader Joe’s European Style Plain Whole Milk Yogurt
This is my next go to yogurt. It’s nice and thick and very affordable.