If you’re trying to lose weight, avoiding fat free yogurt could be essential.
While natural yogurt is packed full of goodness and nutrients – including calcium, vitamin B-2, B-12, potassium, and magnesium – low fat yogurt has been stripped of some of these.
Food manufacturers remove the saturated fat from foods and, when it comes to yogurt, usually they add sugar, high fructose corn syrup or artificial sweetener.
According to the USDA, just over 200g of low-fat fruit-flavoured yogurt contains 225 calories, 2.6 grams of fat, 9 grams of protein and a whopping 42.3 grams of sugar.
Roughly the same amount of plain Greek yogurt was reported to have 194 calories, 10 grams of fat, 18 grams of protein and just 8 grams of sugar.
Degree-qualified Functional Nutritionist Christine Bailey spoke to Express.co.uk about why food labelled ‘healthy’ might not always be the best option.
Speaking to Express.co.uk in August 2016, she said: “Some believe that low-fat diets are the only way to prevent or reverse heart disease or lose weight.
“However, the overwhelming scientific research does not support the conclusion that total fat or even dietary cholesterol are linked to heart disease.
“So rather than shunning all fat you should be putting emphasis on optimising the best types of dietary fat in your diet.
“While it is widely believed saturated fat, found in full-fat dairy, is detrimental to your health, no significant evidence has been found to prove this.
“Saturated fats provide the building blocks for your cell membranes and a variety of hormones and hormone-like substances that are essential to your health.”
Christine explained the effect eating low-fat labelled food had on our bodies.
She said: “When you eat fats as part of your meal, they slow down absorption so that you can go longer without feeling hungry. Choosing lower fat versions will not have this effect which can mean you end up eating more.
“You are also likely to consume more carbohydrates which…