Yoghurt is a super health food, but if not chosen correctly, this health food can deceive you and introduce some damaging ingredients in your body. You should be aware that, there are many junk food ingredients in different yoghurt brands that are used under the disguise of flavours and preservatives. Hence, it is very essential that you skip the most tempting yoghurt toppings on candies or cookies as they come loaded with sugar and excess calories. With more than 617 yoghurt products available on the shelves, it is really difficult to choose the right one. Yoghurt in itself is a health food, however, if you fail to make the right choice this super food can soon mess up with your digestion process. Here are some guidelines that will help you to choose the best yoghurt of all: Simple and plain is best You only need two live cultures of bacteria-Streptococcus thermophilus and Lactobacillus bulgaricus to make good yoghurt out of milk. These two bacteria convert milk into yoghurt through fermentation. If there are some fruits or extra flavours added to it, then the product is okay. However, if you see a long list of additions, it is better to avoid such products. Mostly avoid those brands with artificial sweeteners and hydrogenated oils. Key ingredients If probiotics form the key ingredients of yoghurt then you should immediately pick up the pack, as these bugs are highly beneficial for the gut health and digestion. Probiotics are the good bacteria that are good for your digestive tract. However, you should read the whole process of preparation mostly mentioned on the packaging. If the yoghurt is artificially cultured and heat-treated you should avoid using it as heat energy although makes the yoghurt more shelf stable, it kills the good bacteria. Count the calcium Yoghurt is rich in bone-building calcium but it is important to check the calcium count when you buy a particular brand. You should buy the one that comes with at least 15 percent daily calcium value. Best yoghurt brands can have calcium count anywhere in between 15 to 35. Avoid sugar Yoghurt already contains natural milk sugar or lactose and hence any product that lists added sugar as its first or the second ingredient should be best avoided. Add your fresh fruits No matter how fancy fruit processed yoghurt seem, it is always better to add your own fresh fruits to the plain yoghurt instead of picking up yoghurt that comes with added fruity flavor or fruit pieces. Most of such products have added sugar, food colorings and vegetable juices that do not go well with the idea of health benefiting yoghurt and hence should be best avoided. You can increase the taste of your yoghurt by adding a teaspoon of honey to regular non-fat yoghurt. This will save you from adding more calories to your diet and will also give you the joy of enjoying a nutritional rich diet of yoghurt, fruits and honey that are highly beneficial for the health of your gut. Non-fat yoghurt If you are conscious about your weight, you should choose non-fat yoghurt. However, such products also come with preservatives and flavours that are harmful for health. It's actually better to opt for natural yoghurt that comes with one or two percent fat.
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