I was lucky that when I became lactose intolerant, I could still have sugar free yogurt.
You see, when made correctly, yogurt contains something called "active bacterial cultures". These are probiotics (good bacteria) that really help your body perform at an optimal level.
You see, lactose intolerance means that I am lacking an enzyme that is required to digest lactose (which is in dairy products).
But what happens with yogurt (even though it is a dairy product) is the Active Bacterial Cultures do a large amount of the digesting for me (remember they are good bacteria!).
So you should remember when buying yogurt to check on the Ingredients label. One of the ingredients should say "Active Bacterial Cultures". If it doesn't, start buying a different type of yogurt.
Yogurt is basically just a fermented version of milk.
It's got tonnes of Calcium, Vitamins B6 and B12 (great for people with chemical imbalance of the brain), protein, and riboflavin.
The thing is, yogurt doesn't really taste all that good unless you sweeten it (actually, it tastes pretty bad in my opinion). So unless you find a way to complement it's sour flavor, you really won't want to eat it all that much.
Well by mixing it with things that are sweet of course!
There are many ways to sweeten yogurt up without using the nasty, refined sugar you find in most stores.
Our first resource is to look at all of the natural Sugar Substitutes such as Stevia, Erythritol, and Agave Nectar.
Next, we want to sweeten it by using naturally sweet ingredients. By this I mainly mean lots of fruit. Fruit goes really well with pretty much any type of yogurt.
Try apples, pineapple, strawberries, blueberries, oranges, mangoes...anything! The list could go forever!
For the base of any recipe though, you will want to start with a nice, sugar free yogurt that is very natural. We then add all the sweeteners onto this base.
Until I find a really good recommendation that is available everywhere, I suggest you just go to the supermarket and find a plain yogurt with low sugar content.
Realize that milk itself contains sugar content (that will be in the Nutritional info) so you will never find a yogurt with 0g of sugar.
The best thing to remember there is to look at the ingredients list (not to be confused with Nutritional Information) and look for sugar.
You know that one recipe you keep stashed away, saving it for just the right moment to impress everyone you know?
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