1.More nutrients. Grass-fed yogurt is made from cows (or goats) who have grazed in pastures year round. These animals are not fed processed grains, soy and corn like most conventionally raised cows are fed today. Because the cows are eating their natural diet, the quality and nutrition of the yogurt is greatly improved. Grass-fed yogurt provides a wide range of nutrients including all of the b-vitamins, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin D and various minerals and amino acids. It’s also typically high in anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids and Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA). Many of these nutrients come from the naturally occurring fat!
2. Improved digestion. The health benefits of probiotoics is actually quite remarkable. In addition to supporting a healthy immune system, these live bacteria can help improve digestion by helping to regulate the steadiness of food passage through our digestive tract and supporting the break down and absorption of food through increased metabolism by healthy gut bacteria. A good quality yogurt should generally contain at least 1,000,000 live active cultures per gram.
3. Additive free. Most health professionals would probably agree that sugar is the biggest problem in our food supply today. Most conventional yogurts are loaded with added sugar and artificial sweeteners! Fat adds flavor so when it is removed, sugar is often added in its place to enhance taste. In addition to sugar, artificial flavors and colors, thickeners are also added to add volume when fat is removed. Maybe think twice next time you’re reaching for that fat-free, Key Lime Pie yogurt. If you want a little flavor or sweetness, add some fresh or frozen berries.
4. Stable blood sugar. Carbohydrates, especially those in the form of simple sugars, increase blood sugar, whereas fat has little to NO effect on blood sugar. A small amount of fat combined with carbohydrates will help decrease the response of blood glucose. In addition to some fat, the protein and active live cultures present in yogurt also provided blood sugar support.
5. Fat does NOT make you fat! As mentioned above, when fat is removed it’s often replaced with refined sugars and artificial sweeteners. Carbohydrates are converted to sugar as soon as they hit the blood stream, which causes the body to release insulin, a fat-storing hormone. Excess blood sugar is also stored by the body. Glucagon, which is our “fat-burning hormone” will work when our blood sugar levels are not elevated. This means the fewer carbohydrates we are consuming, especially simple carbs, the more glucagon we should have available to break down or “burn” fat.
Last but not least…
Not only is this kind of yogurt better for you, it’s also better for the animal and the environment. Cows are meant to be roaming free in pastures, not confided to small indoor quarters their entire lives where they are raised inhumanely. Check out a few of my favorite yogurts here, here and here!