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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 March 25, 2020

How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

1. Exercise

It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

2. Drink in Moderation

I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

4. Watch Less Television

A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

5. Eat Less Red Meat

Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

6. Don’t Smoke

This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

7. Socialize

Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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9. Be Optimistic

Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

10. Own a Pet

Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

11. Drink Coffee

Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

12. Eat Less

Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

13. Meditate

Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

15. Laugh Often

Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

17. Cook Your Own Food

When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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18. Eat Mushrooms

Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

19. Floss

Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

21. Have Sex

Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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Featured photo credit: Sweethearts/Patrick via flickr.com

Reference

[1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
[2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
[3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
[4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
[5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
[6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
[7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
[8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
[9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
[10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
[11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
[12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
[13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
[14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
[15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
[16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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