One snack many Type 2 diabetics find themselves turning to time and time again is yogurt. But is yogurt the healthiest snack food you can be putting into your body? Is it one that will fuel your body well and keep your blood sugar under control?
The answer is both yes and no. It depends on the type of yogurt you are choosing to include in your eating plan.
Here are a few facts to add to your “yogurt” knowledge bank…
1. Probiotics. The first thing to note is one of the healthiest elements of yogurt is the fact it can contain probiotics. But, don’t think because you are eating yogurt it means you will always be taking in those probiotics. Probiotics are not included in all types of yogurt.
Not all brands contain probiotics, so be sure to check the label on the particular brand you are considering. If it doesn’t say it contains live bacterial cultures, chances are you are not going to be taking in the dose of healthy bacteria you think you are.
2. Sugar Content. Next, also take note of the sugar content. Now, all milk products are going to contain lactose, so you will never find yogurt that is completely free from all types of sugar and carbohydrates.
Some yogurt varieties include far more added sugar than others. Check for plain yogurt only which will almost always contain less sugar. If you want to add flavor, you can then add some fresh berries to the mix.
3. Protein Content. If you are serving yogurt as a snack, you will want to be sure it contains a good dose of protein as well. The protein content in yogurt can vary but for best results, choose a variety of Greek yogurt. You’ll find it naturally contains at least 50% more protein than a regular yogurt variety.
With a higher protein content, this means it contains fewer carbs as well, making it ideal for blood sugar management. The protein content slows down the absorption of any carbs the yogurt contains and helps to prevent blood sugar spikes.
4. The Fat. Last but not least, also watch the fat content. Yogurt varieties come in different levels of fat so choose one low in fat but not entirely fat-free. Usually, when all the fat is removed, sugar is added to improve the taste and for someone watching their blood sugar levels, a little fat can help things along.
So there’s your guide to yogurt. If you choose the right variety, it can be a healthy addition to your diabetic eating plan.
Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.