Yogurt has been represented as being healthy for as long as I can remember, but there are a couple of red flags when it comes to yogurt. First and foremost, we need to talk about dairy when it comes to yogurt consumption. Many people are intolerant to dairy, so adding yogurt to the diet can cause inflammation if there is a dairy allergy or sensitivity present.
If you are consuming a nonorganic yogurt, there’s a good chance the milk found in the yogurt is filled with hormones, and many farmers use rBGH, which is a genetically engineered growth hormone that causes the cow to increase milk production. This is terrible for the cow as it can lead to infection, which would then be treated with antibiotics. Guess where these antibiotics wind up? You guessed it: in our milk supply.
Between the hormone and antibiotic exposure, that’s enough to keep us away from yogurt, but the sugar content is something else we need to touch upon.
If you are consuming a flavored yogurt, chances are you are getting an average of at least 10 grams of sugar in that one cup of yogurt, and some yogurts can pack in over 20 grams of sugar! The worst part is that the ones that are marketed as being the "healthiest" option because they are fat-free or "weight loss friendly: are often loaded with more sugar than some of the others to make up for the lost flavor when the fat is stripped from the product.
Don’t fall for the yogurt trick. If yogurt is a regular staple in your diet and you just couldn’t imagine living without it, make sure your yogurt is low in sugar or contains none at all, and make sure it comes from antibiotic-free cows (or coconut).