Most Yogurts On Store Shelves Packed With Sugar

Henrietta Strickland
September 20, 2018

In order to see how much sugar yogurts have, a team of scientists analyzed the nutritional content of 900 yogurts and yogurt products, which were available from five major United Kingdom online supermarket chains in October/November 2016.

Lead study author Dr Bernadette Moore said: "While there is good evidence that yogurt can be beneficial to health, products on the market vary widely in nutrient content".

Nine out of ten fail to qualify for a green traffic light nutrition label because they are crammed with more than 5g of sugar per 100g.

Sugar accounted for the majority of total calories in all but natural or Greek yogurts.

"Our study highlights the challenges and mixed messages that come from the marketing and packaging of yogurt products".

'Many of the products that were suggested for children's lunchboxes were high-sugar dessert yogurts, ' she said.

"It can be a great source of protein, calcium, and vitamin B12". Dessert yogurts had the highest amounts of sugar, 16.4 grams, which isn't too surprising.

Small pots of children's yogurt typically contain half a child's daily allowance of sugar, a study has found.

However, despite the progress, the researchers behind the latest study say there is a long way to go.

Still, the amount of sugar in many commercially available yogurts is less than ideal.

A quick trip down the yogurt aisle of a big USA supermarket chain in Los Angeles seems to bear this out. One study showed that given the choice, people inadvertently added an average of 13.6 grams of sugar to their yogurt with things like honey and jams. Chobani Kids had 9 grams of sugar in a 99 gram serving.

Dietary guidelines recommend low-fat and low-sugar dairy products. Moore advocates for more transparent food labeling, and changes from the yogurt industry itself.

Added sugar is the sugar added to a food by its manufacturer (and they often add much more than you expect).

Researchers at the School of Food Science and Nutrition in the University of Leeds looked at nearly 900 yoghurts and yoghurt products, including many which are household favourites in Ireland.

"People do look at organic products and think they're better for them - if you ask consumers, their responses are that they think they are healthier", she said.

'Yogurts contain natural sugar from the milk, as well as any fruit that's included'. That's less worrisome than added sugar.

Yoghurt is good for you - but you need to choose the right kind, or you and your family might end up eating more sugar than you intended.

Experts have also called for a number of so-called healthy breakfast options to be classed as junk food.

If you're used to thinking of yoghurt as a sweet treat, you may find it hard to adjust to the far-more-sour taste of natural and Greek varieties - which is produced by the probiotic microorganisms in them.

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