Yogurt is a dairy product and therefore in the Evil 6. I haven’t eaten it for years.

In fact, if I’m going to eat something dairy, it is going to be cheese. Possibly on pizza. Maybe ice cream or a cream pie. Anything evil has to be a real treat, right?

But I have recently been alerted to the value of probiotics, and sauerkraut can’t be a daily staple. Not to mention the importance of calcium for a woman my age. So I am toying with yogurt. Noosa yogurt.

First, I have to say that it is delicious. Smooth, creamy, sweet and tart, better than ice cream for sure.

But is it really healthy?

Here are some quotes:

  • “The majority of yogurt available in the grocery store is flavored, which means full of sugar and/or artificial sweeteners,” says Cassie Bjork, registereddietitian and founder of Healthy Simple Life. “These additives feed the bad bacteria in the gut, which basically negates the benefits of the probiotics.”
  • “Yogurt can be incredibly healthy, rich in high-quality protein, beneficial probiotics, calcium, B vitamins and, even cancer-fighting conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). But the key words are ‘can be.’ Most yogurts sold in US grocery stores resemble dessert more than a health food.”
  • The negative effects from sugar content far outweigh the marginal benefits from the minimal amount beneficial bacteria they contain. Remember, the most important step in building healthy gut flora is avoiding sugar, as that can cause disease-causing microbes to crowd out your beneficial flora.
  • “Compared with nonconsumers, yogurt consumers appeared to have better metabolic profile, such as lower BMI, waist circumference, levels of triglycerides, fasting glucose and insulin, and blood pressure but higher HDL [good] cholesterol.”

These claims have to do with the sugar content of the yogurt. Unsweetened natural yogurt might be a different thing from sweetened flavored yogurt. And avoiding yogurt might be meaningless for someone who is still trying to give up cookies. There is no controversy over cookies.

Finally, there is also some evidence that it depends on ethnic heritage. Some of us, apparently, are suited to eating dairy products and some are not. Obviously, with my Celtic/Mediterranean background, I have the dairy eater heritage.

Can I also claim cookie eating heritage?