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Just a Thought - The battle to eat healthy food
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People could eat healthier, if healthy foods were blatantly obvious. Sometimes it’s not that easy to determine healthy from not so healthy.

Claims on the front of the packaging don’t necessarily equal nutrition. Manufacturers use words like “high calcium,” “probiotics,” “high vitamins,” “high protein,” “gluten-free,” “low salt,” “low cholesterol,” “light,” “no artificial flavor,” “no preservatives,” “GMO-free,” “no pesticides,” “all natural,” “no preservatives,” and “no artificial flavor,” to reel us into a false sense of security.

“No sugar added” is something to definitely take a closer look at when you see it on a label. It usually signifies the presence of something even worse than natural sugar – that being artificial sugar. I avoid artificial sweeteners like its the plague.

I recently uncovered an ingredient in my yogurt that I wasn’t too happy about. Have you ever heard of Lactobacillus Acidophilus, or L. Acidophilus for short? 

Maybe a year or so ago, I wished to add yogurt to my day. While most people believe that all yogurts are healthy, that’s just not the case. Some of those split cups and flip cups probably have enough sugar, calories and fat to rival any candy bar. You could just eat the candy bar. 

I decided that plain, zero fat Greek-style yogurt was the way to go. If you pair it with fresh fruit, it can transform into a very tasty treat. Blueberries and oranges were my favorite to add. 

Eventually, I tried it with other things, like a baked potato. Potatoes have definitely gotten a bad rap from the low-carb Keto craze. A medium-sized potato with mashed avocado, sprinkled with “Everything but the Salt” seasoning, is tasty and filling.

Over the last year or so, I’ve been eating plain Greek-style yogurt two to three times a day. My weight eventually started a steady incline. I really didn’t make the connection. Then, I found and started reading articles about Lactobacillus Acidophilus. 

According to the National Library of Medicine, “Lactobacillus acidophilus administration resulted in significant weight gain in humans and in animals.” says, “A recent study that combined the results of 17 human studies and over 60 animal studies found that some lactobacilli species led to weight loss, while others may have contributed to weight gain. It suggested that L. acidophilus was one of the species that led to weight gain.”

I found one report that said Lactobacillus Acidophilus has shown to alter gut bacteria levels to such an extent that it actually promotes cellular growth. This is why some of these forms of probiotics are administered to livestock with the purpose of fattening them up.

I’m pretty such that I’m the livestock in this scenario. Yogurt was ousted immediately. I’ve been feeling tired since then. I’m looking for a replacement supplement. Was this a case of sabotage or a natural result of the process? I do not know. 

Standard reporter Lisa Hobbs can be reached at 473-2191.