Yogurt with a side of sugar

Posted: December 20, 2011 in thinking tuesday

I was reading a great article from MSN that i saw Meghann post on Facebook.  The whole thing is a great healthy read list the biggest health food “scams” of the year, however what I read and had to share were the Greek yogurt facts.


As trainers, Kyle and I are constantly telling our clients to include Greek yogurt into their diet plans as a source of protein and as a filling snack to keep your metabolism rolling.
But do you know what else might be rolling in the deep in these yogurts? Sugar! As much as 20g! Which is…. of sugar!
20g of sugar = about 5 teaspoons of sugar!

Here’s a blurb from the article:
Yoplait joined the party, too, but its version is dubious at best—made with “milk protein concentrate” and additives like gelatin instead of 100% strained yogurt like those made by Chobani, Fage, and Oikos. While plain, low-fat Greek yogurt is a nutritional powerhouse, some of the flavored options pack more sugar per ounce than soda (about 39 g per 12-ounce can) and ice cream (about 24 g for 4 ounces). Ouch. The worst offenders (for a 5.3 ounce portion): Fage Total 2% With Honey at 29 g, Cabot 2% Strawberry at 24 g, Dannon 0% Honey and Chobani Blueberry Nonfat, each with 20 g.

Milk would have about 12g of sugar for the same size portion, so look for that.  I was shocked to see the Chobani blueberry was a top offender!

Should you cut Greek yogurt out of your diet? NO!

Should you check the labels and avoid high sugar varieties? YES!

And since it’s Thinking Tuesday pass the word along…you may save someone useless calories!

Love and strained dairy,
Carissa & Kyle

Check out past Thinking Tuesday posts:
Is milk bad for you?
The vanishing blueberries

  1. I always knew that the flavored yogurts had a lot of sugar, but I guess I didn't realize how much. What a bummer. Guess I will be sticking to plain greek yogurt topped with berries and my own sweetner like agave or honey so I can control how much is in it!

  2. I know! I buy my husband Chobani (I don't eat yogurt) and I never look twice. Plain for him it is. Plus cottage cheese!

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