Yogurt Headache

I hear yogurt is healthy. I read in Men's Health several years ago that one of the keys to burning the all-important stomach fat is daily yogurt eating. Something about complex cultures – beats me. I think it could be true, but maybe just since yogurt looks and feels more filling than it is. Or I suppose it could be a happy medium between the scientific and the psychological.

Whether yogurt is or is not good for us, it's important to differentiate what I consider healthy yogurt from non-healthy. Yogurt can be very high in fat and it can be fat free, and taste nearly similar. Again, it's the crazy cultures, but I see no reason why not to buy the fat free variety. I can't see how eating the equivalent of a complex custard daily is gonna help along the waistline.

Then there's the sugar part – that's the trickier part. Every yogurt seems to have a lot of sugars in it, making most yogurts more suspect on the health aspect. Some just are too sweet, but even plain, non-fat yogurts have quite a bit of sugar. Still, nearly any flavor will have more sugar than a plain variety. Fruit helps flavor without as much corn syrup, but often fruit is placed into an already-sweet yogurt. The best would be plain yogurt with as little sugar as possible, with fruit mixed in. Of course if you're fine with plain, that's got to be the healthiest, despite still having those sugars buried beneath the taste.

The best one I've found? Dannon Light & Fit. Ok so it uses a little artificial sweetener, but at 60 calories, 0 grams of fat, more potassium than sodium and only 7 grams of sugars (some of which have to come from the fruit inside), it's the best-tasting healthy yogurt and healthiest, good-tasting yogurt that I've found. So why make it a part of my breakfast every day? Hey, Men's Health could be right. If not, at least I did the research to find the healthiest yogurt out there first. So the downside can't be bad.

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