Five Food You Think Are Healthy But Aren’t

4. Greek Yogurt

Greek Yogurt
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“But it’s rich in protein!” Shouts a chorus of Greek yogurt lovers. It is true that Greek yogurt is rich in protein, with approximately 19 grams of protein per serving, and also contains good bacteria that can be beneficial for the gastrointestinal tract.

But if you consume cow’s milk yogurt regularly, hormones are a concern. Studies have shown that the presence of hormones in dairy products has the potential to alter the endocrine system and, unfortunately, yogurt is one of the most common sources of dairy products in the United States. If you are buying yogurt, look for products made from cows that have not been treated with hormones or buy yogurt made from plant-based ingredients such as almonds, oats and cashews.

According to Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, a five-ounce container of yogurt can also contain up to 25 grams of sugar, and most of that sugar comes from added sweeteners. When you’re in the yogurt aisle, follow their advice and “if you see sugar or other forms of sugar among the four main ingredients on the Ingredients list, consider choosing a low-sugar yogurt or use natural yogurt with your own addition of fresh fruit . or a drizzle of honey.

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