How to Select Yogurt for a Low Carb Diet

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Navigating the low-carb world among seemingly healthy foods like yogurt can be difficult. Let us fill you in on how to pick the best yogurt for your diet.

Things You'll Need

  • A grocery store
  • Eyes with which to read labels

The Grocery Store Trip

Head to the dairy aisle in your local grocery store.

The best yogurts for low-carb diets are low-fat yogurts with no added sugars.Ideally, they should contain live cultures, which are "good bacteria." Most yogurts with live cultures contain 7 or 8 grams of carbohydrates to begin with. The general belief (particularly according to the GO-Diet, which allows 8 oz of yogurt per day) is that bacteria continue to eat away at the lactose in yogurt over time, thereby decreasing the yogurt's lactose content. Since lactose is a form of sugar, there will be fewer carbohydrates in the yogurt as they are eaten away by the bacteria.

If you absolutely must have your yogurt sweet, add a low- or no-carb sweetener like sucralose or low-carb syrup.

You can also choose a yogurt that's already been sweetened with a no-carb sweetener. Most grocery stores contain yogurts that have been sweetened with sucralose or aspartame.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be aware that no-carb sweeteners may cause harm to phenylketonurics.
  • It's advisable to consult your physician before beginning any new diet regime.

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