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5 Reasons Why Frozen Yogurt Is Not as Healthy as You Thought

5 Reasons Why Frozen Yogurt Is Not as Healthy as You Thought

I can remember when the fat-free craze first came into my life. My mother was told to drink skim milk, much to the disgust of the rest of the family. In the early days, skim milk was a translucent blue due to the fat content being removed. Nowadays, the fat content is still removed but sugars, emulsifiers and additives have been added to give milk the same texture and taste as regular full fat milk.

This method of fat removal and sugar addition has seeped into many other foods—most noticeably, frozen yogurt.

Many women, as they reach menopause, find themselves putting on weight even when watching what they eat had never before been something they worried about. Now that their hormones are playing havoc with their waistlines, certain foods that they may think are healthy may be adding to their weight problems.

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Promoted as being a healthy treat, this latest fad should not be addressed as a healthy snack, but as a sugar-laden treat. Here are five of the headlines made by the groups selling frozen yogurt.

1. Frozen yogurt is being touted as made with real milk, yet is naturally fat free.

Real milk is not naturally fat free. A process has occurred in order to remove the fat while sugars have been added to give it the smooth texture and taste that make it so enjoyable.

Unlike natural yogurt that is made with just two ingredients—milk and cultures—frozen yogurt contains quite the cocktail:

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  • milk solids, processed milk product
  • some kind of refined sweetener—usually a few different kinds like evaporated cane syrup, corn syrup, or Mexican agave syrup.
  • yogurt culture (although the freezing process as well as added sugars decreases the power of any probiotics found)
  • natural or artificial flavourings and colourings
  • sometimes trans fat
  • sometimes preservatives
  • stabilizers and thickeners like guar gum or carrageenan
  • other fillers like cellulose gum (a.k.a. the stuff made from wood pulp)

2. When yogurt is frozen, the probiotics, which are good for the immune system and digestion, no longer work.

Yes, probiotics are good for the immune system, but once the yogurt is frozen, the probiotics are rendered useless.

3. Yogurt is made with Mexican agave syrup instead of sugar.

This heading is so annoying. Agave syrup instead of sugar—so what? Agave is actually worse than sugar for the harmful effects it plays on your body. Being expressed as a “sugar free” yogurt is giving false information. Agave is high fructose, which may not spike blood sugar levels like sugar does, but it is just as harmful to the body when taken in large doses.

4. Frozen yogurts are a great meal on the go.

Do not have frozen yogurt in place of a regular meal. Even if you add fruit to the yogurt, you are getting a chemical-laden cocktail but without the guilt—if you believe in the hype coming out from the frozen yogurt outlets.

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The fruit will have an addition of sugar/agave syrup in order to prevent it from adding more calories to your meal.

5. It is low in fat and high in taste.

While frozen yogurt is fat free and sugar free, you will not feel satisfied. Fat makes you feel fuller for longer. Therefore, you may not feel satisfied after a small cup and will opt for a larger cup.

Agave syrup and other sugar substitutes do not cross the blood brain barrier; hence you do not get the sugar kick you may be looking for when eating frozen yogurt.

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If you are a lover of frozen yogurt for the taste then enjoy, but if you were eating it instead of an ice cream (for example) and feel deprived, then go for the ice-cream. Frozen yogurts are treats and should be acknowledged as one, and not as a “healthy” snack.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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