Yogurt's Health Damaging Ingredients

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Yogurt's Health Damaging Ingredients

Yoplait Cherry Cheesecake Mousse Yogurt

Yoplait Thick & Creamy Cinnamon Roll Yogurt 

Yoplait Red Velvet Cupcake Yogurt

Great Value Low Fat Vanilla Yogurt

Dannon Toasted Coconut Vanilla Yogurt 

Don't kid yourself.

This is NOT healthy yogurt. This is artificially flavored dessert.

Many brands of yogurt in the grocery store are using highly processed ingredients:

Many of the ingredients in processed food yogurt damage health and cause behavioral or neurological problems

  • artificial food colors cause hyperactivity in children [i][ii][iii]
  • caramel color is a potential carcinogen [vi][v][vi]
  • high fructose corn syrup is linked to obesity and liver damage [vii][viii][ix][x]
  • genetically modified ingredients are likely (high fructose corn syrup, modified corn starch, dextrose) and linked to leukemia, gut flora imbalances, cancer in rats, gluten intolerance, and a host of other health problems.
  • artificial sweeteners cause neurological damage,  weight gain, and a long list of other health issues including digestive problems, damage to the spleen, damage to the thymus gland, migraines and hormone disruption. 
  • preservatives like potassium sorbate have been shown to be cytotoxic [xi]

The best yogurt will be cultured using unpasteurized milk from organically raised animals, and it will not contain the ingredients mentioned above. When shopping in the store look for organic yogurt with only real food ingredients.

For more information on how pasteurization of milk leads to health issues, I recommend reading this article by Case Adams, Pasteurized Milk Speeds Death, Heart Disease, Cancer, Bone Fractures; Yogurt and Cheese Have Opposite Effects.


[i] Stevens LJ, Burgess JR, Stochelski MA, Kuczek T. Amounts of artificial food colors in commonly consumed beverages and potential behavioral implications for consumption in children. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2014 Feb;53(2):133-40. doi: 10.1177/0009922813502849. Epub 2013 Sep 13. PubMed PMID: 24037921. 

[ii] Stevens LJ, Kuczek T, Burgess JR, Stochelski MA, Arnold LE, Galland L. Mechanisms of behavioral, atopic, and other reactions to artificial food colors in children. Nutr Rev. 2013 May;71(5):268-81. doi: 10.1111/nure.12023. Epub 2013 Mar 13. Review. PubMed PMID: 23590704. 

[iii] Arnold LE, Lofthouse N, Hurt E. Artificial food colors and attention-deficit/hyperactivity symptoms: conclusions to dye for. Neurotherapeutics. 2012 Jul;9(3):599-609. doi: 10.1007/s13311-012-0133-x. PubMed PMID: 22864801; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3441937.

[iv] Determination of 2-methylimidazole and 4-methylimidazole in caramel colors by capillary electrophoresis. Petruci JF, Pereira EA, Cardoso AA. J Agric Food Chem. 2013 Mar 6;61(9):2263-7. doi: 10.1021/jf3048274. Epub 2013 Feb 19. PMID: 23379790 

[v] Carcinogenic 4(5)-methylimidazole found in beverages, sauces, and caramel colors: chemical properties, analysis, and biological activities. Hengel M, Shibamoto T. J Agric Food Chem. 2013 Jan 30;61(4):780-9. doi: 10.1021/jf304855u. Epub 2013 Jan 15. Review.PMID: 23294412 

[vi] Carcinogenicity and regulation of caramel colorings. Jacobson MF. Int J Occup Environ Health. 2012 Jul-Sep;18(3):254-9. doi: 10.1179/1077352512Z.00000000031. PMID: 23026009

[vii] Fructose consumption and its health implications; fructose malabsorption and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease]. Riveros MJ, Parada A, Pettinelli P. Nutr Hosp. 2014 Mar 1;29(3):491-9. doi: 10.3305/nh.2014.29.3.7178. Spanish. PMID: 24558989

[viii] Fructose: it's "alcohol without the buzz". Lustig RH. Adv Nutr. 2013 Mar 1;4(2):226-35. doi: 10.3945/an.112.002998. PMID: 23493539

[ix] Energy and fructose from beverages sweetened with sugar or high-fructose corn syrup pose a health risk for some people. Bray GA. Adv Nutr. 2013 Mar 1;4(2):220-5. doi: 10.3945/an.112.002816. Review. PMID: 23493538

[x] Dietary fructose in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Vos MB, Lavine JE. Hepatology. 2013 Jun;57(6):2525-31. doi: 10.1002/hep.26299. Epub 2013 May 1. Review. PMID: 23390127

[xi] Mamur S, Yüzbaşioğlu D, Unal F, Yilmaz S. Does potassium sorbate induce genotoxic or mutagenic effects in lymphocytes? Toxicol In Vitro. 2010 Apr;24(3):790-4. doi: 10.1016/j.tiv.2009.12.021. Epub 2009 Dec 29. PubMed PMID: 20036729.

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