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.
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