As part of the mad dash to solve “what's for dinner”, and oh by the way, “we need milk”; I run to Whole Foods to pick up 4 items 1) Milk 2) Chobani yogurt 3) Fruit 4) Rotisserie Chicken (sound familiar?) Hmmm….there is no Chobani yogurt at (this) Whole Foods.
At that point, I am looking for another yogurt option to replace my typical 6 oz - 4 pack Chobani blueberry yogurt purchase. (My default is Chobani based on a few considerations such as 1) The taste and texture is good 2) It does not have much added sugar by comparison 3) My kids like it and will eat it.)
I am selecting based on price and value, and so I compromise. With all yogurts considered and based on my criteria, I decide on the more reasonably priced Stoneyfield Greek style yogurt, vanilla flavored, 0% fat in the 16 oz. container. I thought I could spoon that on top of my fruit in the morning and add it to smoothies for my kids. I also thought that a change will taste good.
Allow me to back up and set the stage:
Fast forward, I open the container the next morning. I look at the label and ingredients to see what they list as a serving size, how much protein, how many calories and there it is! Boom! SUGAR! So much added sugar! So disappointing. The serving size of 1 cup, more than I would eat on top of fruit anyway, is 200 calories packed with 28 grams of sugar. What a bummer. I expect sugar in the obvious treats such as ice cream, and not in my healthier foods. Not a good choice for yogurt.
What you can do:
In closing, when buying yogurt, the very best choice would be plain yogurt. With plain yogurt you can add your own honey or fruit to sweeten to your taste. However, yogurt doesn’t need to be sweet. It can be used in place of sour cream, or in recipes that include colorful vegetables. Brands such as Frage have two compartments; one side is plain yogurt, and the other side has sweetened fruit or honey. You can add the sweet to the plain, and try out your taste. Your goal is the less sugar the better.
I heard a Pepsi commercial this week on the radio. The marketing hook was Pepsi with “real sugar”. I was afraid of this. With the hype and awareness around high fructose corn syrup, manufacturers are now using sugar (cane sugar/sucrose) again and promoting it as a good thing. HFCS, is a liquid sweetener, easy and less expensive for manufacturers to use in their sweetened beverages and processed foods. It seems we are switching back to sugar in many products. Although I would agree that cane sugar is the lesser evil; added sugar is added sugar and the the real message stays the same…LIMIT YOUR INTAKE OF ALL ADDED SUGARS.
For informational purposes only, I wanted to share a description of many sugars on the market today. Some may be better choices than others as some may be a more natural sugar, less processed or contain trace minerals. However, keep in mind that you are not consuming sugar for nutritional value.
THESE ARE ADDED SUGARS. Consider the better argument that because some sweeteners are sweeter than others, you might use less of it…and that is a good thing. They also may wreak less havoc on your blood sugar as well. My overarching advice is to limit sugar and know how much you are consuming.
Types of Sugar:
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