Plain Yogurt vs. Flavored Yogurt

dannon yogurtI had a spoon of strawberry flavored yogurt the other day and I was taken aback by how incredibly sweet it was. After I looked at the nutritional label, I realized that it had 18 gms of sugar.  It’s hard for me to comprehend how gms of sugar translate into how much I am consuming.  After researching it further, it turns out that 4.2gms of sugar is 1 teaspoon of granulated white sugar.  Which means in 1 yogurt serving you are actually consuming 4.5 teaspoon of sugars.  Which is very high!  I doubt that on your own, you would add 4.5 teaspoons of sugar to what’s probably 1 cup of yogurt. I also do realize that some of the sugar also comes from the strawberries.  But if you look at the ingredient list you will notice – Fructose Syrup and modified Corn starch.  Why give our kids such artificial products?

Ingredients

Cultured Grade A Skim Milk and Cream, Fructose Syrup, Sugar, contains Less than 1% of: Fructose, Whey Protein Concentrate, Modified Corn Starch, Corn Starch, Kosher Gelatin, Natural Flavor, Carmine and Annatto Extract (for Color)Malic Acid, Sodium Citrate. contains Active Yogurt Cultures.

So what are some alternatives?  Either buy plain yogurt or make your own yogurt and add the fruits and preserves on your own.  This way the yogurt is more nutritious (no fructose or corn starch) and have less sugar in it.  Plus, homemade yogurt or buying plain yogurt is much cheaper than buying the flavored yogurt. Did you know that Yogurt is actually more nutritious than Milk?  Click here to learn how to make homemade yogurt.

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