It’s getting so confusing nowadays! Eat this, but not that and don’t forget to add a little of this. It is more difficult to figure out what you should eat, and it seems as though new foods keep popping up with so many additional health benefits. Sometimes these newbie foods leave many people running to the nearest grocery store for the latest and greatest, but are they going to do what they promise to do ?
What About Greek Yogurt ?
High protein items seem to be the rage these days, which has turned people to Greek yogurt. When you compare plain Greek yogurt to regular yogurt, you find a higher protein content, typically less sugar, a thicker consistency and the same live bacterial cultures.
Some people find that Greek yogurt needs some flavoring. Add some fresh fruit for sweetness, or mix in whole grain oats. There are great low-fat and low-sugar flavored varieties in stores everywhere. These products add some sweetness without the extra calories. This is a nutrition win for sure.
Be careful, though – not all Greek yogurt products are the same. Since this is a new buzz word, you see it all over the grocery store. Greek yogurt covered pretzels, Greek yogurt cakes and Greek yogurt cereal bars are some examples. Many of these products have lots of added sugar. Just because it says Greek, it doesn’t automatically make it a good product. Take a good look at the label before you add these to your shopping cart!
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There are so many products available these days. It takes a savvy shopper, label reader, and nutrition guru to determine what works. We can’t possibly cover all of them in one article, but here are a few tips to think about:
- Look at the label: The less ingredients on the list, the better. Look for ingredients you are aware of or at least can pronounce.
- Don’t believe everything you see online: There is a lot of good information on the Internet, and there is a lot of not-so-good information. Go to a trusted site for your information. When in doubt, ask. Find a nutritionist or health professional to answer your question.
- Back to basics: You really can’t go wrong with fruits, vegetables, dairy and protein. Sometimes that’s all you need. There really is no such thing as a magic food.
At the end of the day, do the best you can. No one is perfect. Small steps and changes can make a huge impact in your overall health!
Allow the bariatric experts to help you if you need support. Please reach out every opportunity you get with every question that you have – it’s not just our work to assist you. We actually celebrate in seeing you succeed.
About the Author: Sheri Burke is a Nutritionist and Bariatric Coordinator at International Patient Facilitators in Tijuana and Cancun, Mexico. She has worked with bariatric surgery patients for 10 years and especially enjoys providing nutritional guidance to pre. and post bariatric patients. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.
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