Yogurt for People With Diabetes

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If you follow a plant-based or vegan diet and are missing your yogurt fix, Lavva Yogurt has you covered. Lavva is packed full of nutrient rich ingredients like pili nuts and coconut. There’s no added sugar, gums, or stabilizers. It also contains 50 billion probiotics for gut health.  All these wonderful ingredients make Lavva a great choice if you have diabetes or are just looking for a clean label functional food. Did I mention it is delicious too?

Pili Nuts- The New Superfood

Pili nuts are a nutrient powerhouse. They are rich sources of antioxidants [1]. These little nuts also contain the minerals thiamin, copper, magnesium, and phosphorus and are high in Vitamin E [2, 3]. They are packed full of the good fats: monounsaturated and polyunsaturated.  Monounsaturated fatty acids may help improve insulin resistance [4]. And polyunsaturated fatty acids may help protect your heart [4]. Heart disease is a common concern for many diabetics.

Called the “Tree of Hope”, the Pili tree is naturally sustainable. The growth of Pili trees prevents soil erosion and restores watersheds, allowing rainwater to properly drain off forestland. Unlike almond and cashew trees, Pili trees need nothing more than rainwater to sprout and grow, making them a sustainable, regenerative crop.


For thousands of years many tropical areas have used coconut as medicine [5]. It’s no wonder that coconut is good for diabetics. When diabetic rats were given coconut water, they had lower blood sugars and A1Cs than the rats who were given a placebo. They also had less damage to their pancrease (the organ that makes insulin) [6]. Coconut water is also full of B vitamins [5].

Coconuts are rich in MCTs (medium chain triglycerides) [5, 7]. MCTs are a type of saturated fat that are easily digested. They are good for diabetes and weight loss. Researchers gave diabetics MCTs for 90 days. At the end of the study, their fasting blood sugar had decreased and their insulin levels improved [7]. They also lost weight and inches off their waist [7]. MCT’s also help protect your heart and lower bad cholesterol [5]. 

Live Active Cultures for Gut Health

There are trillions of bacteria living in your gut. The question is are they helping or hurting you? The bacteria in the gut of a diabetic is different than a non-diabetic’s [8]. More and more research shows that when good bacteria colonizes your gut there are health benefits [9]. In fact, when diabetics were given probiotics, researchers found that their fasting blood sugars and A1Cs improved [9].

Real Fruit for Real Flavor

Many yogurts are loaded with added sugar. This is bad for your blood sugar and health. Added sugars are devoid of nutrients. Lavva, on the other hand, doesn’t need sugar to make their yogurt delicious. Their flavor comes from nature’s garden: strawberries, blueberries, mango, and raspberries. Fruit is full of good stuff like antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

Final Thoughts

When part of a balanced meal plan, Lavva yogurt is a great choice for diabetics. Eat it alone or make a yogurt bowl by layering Lavva with ground flax meal, fresh fruit, and/or nuts. You can also try it with one of the recipes!

Lavva just launched a new online store, where you can order the Lavva you love and have it delivered straight to your fridge: https://lovvelavva.com/shop-lavva/

Special offer: All My Diabetes Lifestyle members are getting 15% off!

The Flavors:

Vanilla Lavva: features real vanilla bean for a nostalgic take on the beloved classic without a drop of added sweetener

Original Lavva: a luscious blend of creamy, sprouted Pili nuts, prebiotic-rich plantains, silky coconut, and cassava with a special blend of live, vegan probiotic cultures

Blueberry Lavva: organic blueberries don’t need any assistance from gums, pectins, or added sugar to pack a fresh-picked flavor

Strawberry Lavva: the sweet flavor of strawberry withno artificial colors, gums, or whitening agents

Mango Lavva: tropical flavor of fresh Alphonso mangoes combined with rich coconut for an exotic experience

Raspberry Lavva: with young plantains for body, a squeeze of lime for tartness, and organic real raspberries

Nutrition Facts:


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