The Ultimate Yoghurt Question!
I get many questions about yoghurt and The Harcombe Diet. I’m hoping that this will be the definitive answer to any more yoghurt questions. If it is not answered here, I’ll show you how to do your own research…
Q) Should I have Natural Live Yoghurt with a fat meal or a carb meal?
A) This is the second most FAQ on The Harcombe Diet answered here.
Q) Do I have to eat NLY on The Harcombe Diet?
A) No! If you don’t like it, or are strongly dairy intolerant (check the FAQ on Phase 1 no dairy but NLY first), don’t eat it. It does attack Candida, but not eating carbs and processed food will have way more impact on attacking Candida. Hence it is not essential to have NLY for the diet to work. It is just a nice menu option if you like it and are not highly lactose intolerant (you would likely have had this diagnosed if this were the case).
Q) ACTIMEL – is it OK?
A) The answer on Actimel is here.
Q) ACTIVIA – is it OK?
A) The answer on Activia is here.
Q) TOTAL Greek yoghurt – is it OK?
A) The answer on TOTAL Greek yoghurt is here.
Q) ANY OTHER YOGHURT not listed – is it OK?
A) The only ingredients needed in Natural Live Yoghurt are Natural Live Yoghurt! Sometimes “live” will be called “bio” – that’s the same. Sometimes the yoghurt will say “with active cultures” or ” with live cultures” – that’s also the same. Sometimes the tub will say “yoghurt”, sometimes it will say “milk cultures” – but that’s all it needs to say. If it says anything else – keep looking for NLY!
If a yoghurt has any sweetener, sugar, anything with an ‘ose’ (fructose, dextrose, sucrose etc) , anything other than natural lactose in natural yoghurt, any ingredient that you don’t recognise – it is not OK. Every supermarket, let alone health food shop, I have gone in to has a Natural Yoghurt. Nine times out of ten, it is also “live”, so it is perfect. If you can’t find a “live/bio” version then you can have just natural yoghurt in Phase 2, but don’t have non-live natural yoghurt in Phase 1, as we only have NLY in Phase 1 to attack Candida.
To check the ingredients yourself – in a shop, follow the guidelines above and only buy the tub that has Natural Live Yoghurt and nothing else. You can check ingredients on line. I have never bought TOTAL, Activia or Actimel. I just put “Actimel ingredients” or “Actimel nutritional information” into Google and you get the manufacturers own web site with the full product ingredients listed and nutritional information. It may take a bit of searching, but that’s what research is! You will be amazed at how much you can get in a couple of minutes on line. If you see an ingredient you don’t recognise and you don’t want to discard the option straight away, open up another window and search on that ingredient. In a few seconds you will know what it is, where it comes from etc. As a golden rule – if it doesn’t sound like a real food (vegetable oil, milk, salt etc) then don’t have it.
That must surely be it on yoghurt!!