My family loves yogurt. We eat it pretty much every day. I've thought that's a good thing. Until I did a little reading - including the back of the yogurt containers I've been buying for years and years. Yikes! Our "yogurt" is dessert pretending to be yogurt. I've learned to check the label for two things - First, yogurt should have the National Yogurt Association's LAC Seal to ensure it contains "Live and Active Cultures". Second, the less ingredients, the better.
The tubes of yogurt I've been putting in my kids' lunches contain:
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Modified Corn Starch
Beet Juice Concentrate
Vitamin A Acetate
Plain yogurt contains:
Live Active Cultures
Sounds more like FOOD to me.
Instead of buying yogurt sweetened with HFCS, try sweetening plain yogurt yourself with fruit and maybe a little sugar. My family loves to mix strawberries (frozen or fresh) in the blender then add some to each bowl of yogurt. Or how about a parfait with plain yogurt, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and granola. Fun and so tasty!
Do YOU have any yogurt ideas to share?
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