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Who is responsible for taking healthy items and turning them into processed junk food? You guessed it, the food industry. The Cornucopia Institute came out with a revealing report (an investigation that took 2 years!) showing what is found in yogurt, and exposing the companies that are supplying this crap. When you think of yogurt, you think- healthy, delicious, fruity- but, conventional yogurt usually comes from milk produced by cows that have been fed GMO grains, and whom are unable to graze in open pasture. On top of that, chemical de-foamers, artificial sweteners, HFCS and sugar are added in. Don't forget about carragenan, the gut-harmful ingredient, linked to cancer.
Not only are there terrible ingredients lurking in this "health" food, but companies like General Mills (Yoplait), Groupe Danone (Dannon), Walmart, and PepsiCo market this towards children. Kids are automatically drawn to the colors, flavors and packaging. Cornucopia was shocked by their findings and filed a formal complaint with the FDA, asking them to investigate some yogurts on the market because they don’t appear to even meet the legal definition of yogurt!
Here is the link to their official score card. Check it out, and see how your favorite yogurt measures up.
Let's take a closer look at some of the top yogurt on the market.
Good news though! There are healthy yogurt choices, you just need to know what to choose. In my home, the only dairy we eat is the occasional sour cream, butter and a few cheeses. I can't live without cheeese!! No matter what, we always use organic dairy products. Check out how your dairy products measure up here. My family wasn't too hyped about trying almond milk yogurt, but they were surprised to see how great it tastes! J loves his with granola and blueberries :)
Here are some top picks, that are easily found online or in your local grocery store. Whole Foods also carries Traderspoint Creamery, and I hear that one is delish!
Wanna make your own yogurt? Check out this starter pack on Amazon.
Know a parent still dishing out Go-gurt and Danimals? Is your "healthy" yogurt misleading? Please share this information with your friends and family!