Is A Food Additive Destroying Your Gut?


CARRAGEENAN, a commonly used food additive, is an indigestible polysaccharide that is extracted from red algae, and is most commonly used in food as a thickener or stabilizer.  Although derived from a natural source, carrageenan appears to be particularly destructive to the digestive system, triggering an immune response causing inflammation, gut irritation, lesions, and even cancer.
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The Best and Worst Children’s Yogurts

In the book “What To Eat”, Marion Nestle makes clear the high amounts of sugar calories in yogurt products marketed to children.

“Sugars constitute 55% of the 80 calories in Go-Gurt (Yoplait’s “kid-friendly slurpable yogurt in a tube”), 67% of the 90 calories in Danimals Drinkable (Dannon’s version of children’s yogurt) and 68% of the 170 calories in Danimals XL. In Stonyfield’s YoBaby organic yogurts, marketed for infants and toddlers, 53% of the 120 calories come from added sugars. Some of Stonyfield’s yogurts for older kids suggest that they are berry-flavored, but they actually have no fruit content at all; their sweetness comes from juice concentrate and sugars, and their color comes from beet juice. Stonyfield yogurt may be organic, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t “Big Yogurt” — Group Danone (Dannon Yogurt) owns 85% of the company.”

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Store Brand vs. Name Brand Greek Yogurts

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In my last post, What’s in your Greek Yogurt?, I discussed why Greek Yogurt is such an amazing food and compared brand name Greek yogurts.  Today I will be taking a closer look at the store brand or “generic” non-fat Greek yogurts, which are often on sale or cheaper.
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What’s in your Greek Yogurt?

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Greek yogurt is an amazing food that not only promotes health, but also contains “good” bacteria that can help regulate digestion and boost immunity. It is packed with key nutrients like protein, calcium, potassium, iodine, and B vitamins. Greek yogurt is also a great choice for people who are lactose intolerant because it contains live and active cultures that help digest lactose. Continue reading →

About Gina
Gina Consalvo-Hassick, MA, RD, LDN, CDCES, NCC is a registered dietitian and is actively involved in various food and nutrition communities. She has counseled and assessed a wide range of patients and has experience in outpatient, inpatient, and consulting. Areas of specialization include weight management, eating disorders, and wellness nutrition.
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