Conventional yogurts are not only laden with sugar, preservatives, artificial colors and flavors and hormones but many of them are also scarce in good bacteria, despite what it may say on the label.
Firstly, sugar kills good bacteria, but aside from that, many conventional, non-organic yogurts were found to contain very small quantities of probiotics despite containing “Live and Active Culture” seals.
Independent testing done by the Cornucopia Institute found that brands including, Yoplait and Dannon, which both contain the “Live and Active Culture” seal actually contained less probiotics than other brands that did not carry this seal, misleading consumers to believe that by purchasing the product they were receiving a healthy dose of beneficial bacteria.
Besides the probiotic levels, many conventional yogurts that were marketed as being “healthy” also contained copious amounts of sugar, high fructose corn syrup, preservatives and chemicals. In fact, one tub of popular conventional yogurt was found to contain nearly 30 grams of sugar.
On top of that, most of these yogurts also use milk from GM corn-fed cows which is laden with antibiotics and hormones, both of which have been linked to a host of health complications and the growing emergence of antibiotic resistance.
Just recently, Chobani greek yogurt, which is marketed as being “all-natural” was banned from Whole Foods after it was discovered that the company was using milk that contained genetically modified organisms.
Further testing by the Cornucopia institute also found that organic yogurts made with grass fed milk contained more omega-3 fatty acids and more beneficial bacteria than Chobani.
Yogurt is still a great health food but there are yogurts, and then there are products that are marketed as yogurt but are nothing more than sugary, creamy snacks laden with chemicals and hormones.
Reading ingredient and nutritional labels are paramount when purchasing any product, but when it comes to yogurt look for one made with organic, grass fed milk, no sugar and is free of chemical additives and other nasties.
You can also test the probiotic levels in your yogurt yourself by reusing some of your yogurt as a “starter” to making more. If you are able to successfully make more yogurt from this “starter”, then you know your good bacteria is active, if not, maybe try another brand.