Think you're eating healthy by adding agave to your Greek yogurt and unfiltered maple syrup to your oatmeal? Yeah, well, not so much. These and other add-ins for yogurt and oatmeal only boost blood sugar and work against the inherent health advantages of both – yogurt is high in protein and healthy gut bacteria, while oatmeal is loaded with soluble fiber, which may help lower bad LDL cholesterol, and helps you feel full. So what should your stir into yogurt and oatmeal? Here, eight healthful options, according to holistic nutritionist Lisa Turner of InspiredEating.com.
When you want to sweeten yogurt or oatmeal, skip the agave. "Agave is extremely high in fructose, which has been linked with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and belly fat," Turner says. White, brown, and raw sugar all spike blood sugar and add empty calories. So what to use? "For my money, stevia is the best buy," says Turner. This all-natural sweetener made from a South American plant has no calories, no sugar, and no carbs. "It's been proven safe by hundreds of clinical trials and has been used for thousands of years," says Turner. Stevia is already used in bottled drinks like Sobe Lifewater O and is sold in individual packages or bulk form near the sugar at many supermarkets and natural foods stores.
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