A bowl of velvety smooth yogurt topped with an assortment of berries, nuts and granola – it's basically the epitome of a healthy start to the day isn't it? While natural yogurt does have many nutritional benefits, the synthetic white substance you get in tubs labelled "yogurt" has some hidden contents you need to know about.
1 serving of yogurt can contain up to 60% more saturated fat than what you can find in a McDonald's cheeseburger
Yogurt contains high calcium and vitamin content, but what about its saturated fat content? No one ever talks about that. Some of your everyday yogurts carry up to 11g of saturated fat per serving! That's:
- ⅓ of the daily recommended intake for men,
- ½ that for women,
- and also about 60% more saturated fat than what you would find in a McDonald's cheeseburger.
No matter what, when we think yogurt, we don't think of a McDonald's cheeseburger.
So what's the big deal about saturated fats?Fat is an essential part of a healthy diet. However, not all fats are created equal, and saturated fats fall into the unhealthy fat category. They are found in animal products like red meats and dairy products. While saturated fats are not as bad as their sibling, trans fat, they have been associated with increased levels of 'bad' cholesterol in the blood, heart disease risk factors, inflammation, and mental decline.
Details on negative nutritional qualities are hidden, while its beneficial ones are hyped.
The real problem with saturated fat in yogurt
Yogurt and other dairy products do have many benefits to health, and saturated fats, in moderation can be enjoyed as part of a healthy diet. The problem, however, is that you can't see saturated fat, and clever marketing disguises it well. Your healthy-looking tub of yogurt could clearly be a hidden saturated fat bomb.
When you pick up that tub of yogurt, you think "healthy"; it was the breakfast food we were given as children; we see advertisements with healthy, happy models eating it. No matter what, when we think yogurt, we don't think of a McDonald's cheeseburger.
Details on negative nutritional qualities are hidden, while its beneficial ones are hyped. So we are blinded, and end up consuming such yogurts without the full picture of its contents and its effect on our health.
This puts us at a far higher risk of surpassing our daily recommended intake, without even knowing it.
The problem is that you can't see saturated fat, and clever marketing disguises it well. Your healthy-looking tub of yogurt could be a hidden saturated fat bomb.