I think that most people just assume that yogurt is a healthy food. I used to. That is, until I learned that every 4 grams of sugar added to foods equals 1 teaspoon of sugar. Yep – you read that right. Go check out the yogurt in your fridge. If it has 24 grams of added sugar, there are 6 teaspoons of sugar in that baby!
Of course, milk naturally contains lactose, a milk sugar, that contributes to the overall carbohydrates in yogurts. But the nutrition label on most yogurts will tell you what the total carbohydrates are, and then they will separate out the “sugars.” Those are the ones that are added, beyond the milk sugar already present.
How about a little perspective…
Of course, I hate to leave you depressed. So I’ll share how our family avoids sugar laden yogurts. We prefer to buy plain organic yogurt or Greek yogurt and then add the sweetener of our choice. My kids enjoy adding a spoonful of jam, but I prefer a drizzle of honey, maple syrup or agave nectar.
What’s your favorite yogurt? If you sweeten your own, what’s your favorite technique?