Like most foods, yogurt started out as a nutritious food that is low on calorie content meant fill the void on any diet. But that was before. Nowadays, flavored variants have been introduced to the market and not all of their ingredients are natural. Some of these so-called healthy snacks are loaded with artificial sweeteners that in effect destroy whatever is good in yogurt leaving you with nothing but a creamy and sweet syrup with nothing organic in it.
Low fat vs. full fat
Low-fat yogurt is now considered a rather filling, healthy snack while full fat yogurt has become a rarity.
The sad part is that most of the low-fat yogurts available are not really safe with their non-organic components and high sugar content. For one thing, artificial sweeteners contain sucrose and this kills the good bacteria both in the yogurt pack and in your stomach. For information on diet sweeteners allowed in the military diet, see our article on this topic.
On the other hand, full fat yogurt is less chemical and a healthier choice. Still, many are afraid of the fat content and prefer to go with the low fat version even though this means consuming a cocktail of chemicals.
According to recent studies, healthy fats are good for our diet and the Military regimen is based on this. The yogurt, being a natural fatty food, makes a nice substitute for the vanilla ice cream or milk on the Military Diet meal plan. Look for full fat yogurt in groceries and if this is not available, try looking for brands that have live and active culture in their labels. Check the probiotic counts as well, the higher the percentage, the better.
If a full-fat yogurt is not available, Greek yogurt can be used as an alternative. Greek yogurt has no sugar and can take a little getting used to.
To add some taste to it, add some stevia in the mix and enjoy a fatty, sweet dessert with absolutely no guilt. This Greek yogurt-stevia mixture is a lot better for your diet plan than any low-fat yogurt on the market. You will feel satisfied quicker and you’ll manage to keep any cravings under control.
Check out our article on military diet success stories for more insight and encouragement.