Yogurt is generally perceived as healthy food. Compared to other dairy, yogurt is more often recommended in diet and health programs. It’s not just because this product is frequently promoted as such. There are real benefits that can be received from this type of fermented milk. Calcium, protein and various B vitamins are some of the nutrients often attributed to yogurt.
However, you have to make distinctions between the different types of yogurt. One that’s home-made and sourced from grass-fed cows or goats is entirely different from a sweetened and flavored commercial brand. Before casually accepting some food product as healthy, you need to consider the materials, how it’s processed, and if you have any health conditions that might preclude proper reception of its health benefits.
Read more to learn the negative effects of regular yogurt (and be sure to also check out the recommended soak times for beans, grains, legumes, nuts and rice.)
Regular Yogurt Risks:
The most common source of regular yogurt is cow’s milk. The problem is that such milk nowadays is not completely safe. The modern conventional method of raising cows involves some potentially harmful inputs that pass on to the milk, and eventually into the yogurt. Such substances would be the antibiotic medicines and hormones in the feeds.
One type of hormone specifically designed to increase milk production in cows is called recombinant bovine growth hormone (rbGH). Raising amounts of this hormone triggers an increase in the production of another substance known as insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1). Researchers have linked above normal levels of IGF-1 in the human body with breast and prostate cancer. By consuming dairy products sourced from cows treated with rbGH (and therefore have high levels of IGF-1), one might be raising the chances of developing such diseases.
Unless specifically certified as organic, most yogurts found in the frozen food section of groceries also contain artificial additives and ingredients. Sweeteners such as high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and aspartame are commonly used in commercial snack products, and yogurt is no exception despite its image as a health food. The “strawberry” or “mango” yogurts being sold are, more often than not, achieved through the use of artificial food flavoring and dies.
As you probably know, HFCS has a high glycemic index. It’s one of the many junk components in junk food. Meanwhile yogurt that’s labeled as “lite” would use low-calorie artificial sweeteners. They may not have a significant impact on blood sugar but such sugar substitutes have other risky substances. Aspartame, for example, contains methanol which is known for its toxicity even in small doses.
Lactose intolerance is not an uncommon condition. Some even argue that people aren’t really meant to continuously consume milk and dairy products. There’s a reason why children stop producing or significantly reduce production of the enzyme that breaks down lactose after being weaned. Yogurt is better tolerated because it has undergone fermentation. However there are several degrees of lactose intolerance. For those who are severely sensitive, even yogurt might have to be excluded from the diet.
Part of having a healthy digestion is maintaining equilibrium between the various types of intestinal flora. Yogurt and its probiotic components can contribute to this maintenance. However over-consuming probiotic food can tip that balance and produce opposite results. One serving a day is usually sufficient. After all, your intestines already have the good bacteria necessary to function properly.
In the next post, I’ll tell you the negative effects of cookies and why you should avoid them to succeed in your quest to Become Superhuman.
In the meantime, if you care to jump ahead, here is a complete listing of the grains and legumes on Superhuman Food Pyramid:
• GMO Corn
• Soy Nuts
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