Yogurt

I’ve been eating a lot of yogurt lately. Somewhere along the line I read something about it being a good source of protein. Frankly I find it very tasty and usually filling. At the very least I figured it must be better than a donut or a bag of chips. Then reading another article this morning got me thinking… what was in the yogurt really? I eat organic nonfat stuff so the chemical content is relatively low and the fat is zero. So what else is in there?I am eating Trader Joe’s Strawberry nonfat yogurt (fruit on the bottom). Total carb = 26g, 24 of which are sugar! Wow, no wonder the stuff tastes good. But I wasn’t trying to eat sugar. Oops. I also wonder what those extra 2 grams of carbohydrates are, the label doesn’t say.6 grams of protein, that’s good right? Well… it has four times the sugar as protein so already I am suspicious. I pulled out a nonfat vanilla yogurt and found similar sugary numbers. How about an egg for comparison? 6g protein, 1g carb so it seems like a clear winner, but uh oh it has 1.5g of saturated fat. I think that is from the yolk so egg whites are okay but no, they have no flavor so what’s the point of that.Next up will be an investigation of butter. I like butter. I don’t butter my bread but I do enjoy a smear of butter on my toast in the morning. I tend not to cook with butter much but from time to time sauteeing onions in butter is a good recipe starter. I need to look into something else to smear on toast. Peanut butter?I should note that the yogurt in question has 130 calories per serving. The egg has 70 so to be fair I could eat two of the eggs for double the protein of the yogurt. I just checked on peanut butter and for 140 calories of that I can get 15g of protein, very few carbs, but sadly 3g of saturated fat. Still better than the yogurt in that sense but I know from the past that skipping the yogurt for a light smear of peanut butter will do nothing to stave off hunger down the road.

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  1. You might like to try Cascade Fresh, Plain…16g carbs (10g sugars) & 13g protein. I like to mix this with cereal, organic blueberries, & extra protein.I might add that I think Greg & I use to live next to your family (in Portland) when you were about five & Becky was about one or two. Does your mother Marge have an email address? Greg & I saw Marge about five years ago in Tacoma…it would be fun again to get in touch with her.Hope you are related…otherwise I am sorry I intruded.Sharon Steckler

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