Do you sweeten your yogurt yourself, or do you buy it pre-sweetened?
Greek yogurt is not only a great source of nutrients like protein, calcium, vitamin D, B12, magnesium, & potassium, but it’s also a great way to get healthy bacteria. This supports a healthy gastrointestinal system, and it can help with digestive problems and immune support.
Since yogurt is made from milk, it contains a naturally occurring form of sugar called lactose. But, most brands also add sugars OR artificial sweeteners (like sucralose, acesulfame potassium) to sweeten them. Because plain yogurt has a slight tang, brands doctor up their yogurt to make them more appealing to the masses. This is especially true for low-fat yogurt since the full fat and reduced fat options taste better.
We all know that plain yogurt needs a little flavor but those added sugars and sweeteners are just unnecessary if you have some fruit and spices on hand. Plus, the sugar is often in the form of refined sugar. When you sweeten up the food with fruit, it will come with fiber as well to help control blood sugar.
Here are some options to sweeten up your yogurt
– Homemade Apple Sauce
– Mashed Banana
– Cinnamon – Vanilla or fruit extract
– Pumpkin Pie Spice
– Sweet Potato
– Nuts & Seeds