Oh Sugar—How sweet it is?

Most people love sugar. It is sweet, delicious, enjoyable and tempting! For many people it is hard to pass up a chocolate chip cookie, piece of cake or donuts at the office.  After all—They often satisfy a sweet tooth and provide a sense of comfort. The problem is that sugar has addictive properties, and we have become accustomed to it in just about everything. Yes—everything!

In my upcoming book, Wholey Cow A Simple Guide To Eating and Living, which will be available on Amazon soon, I talk a little about how sugar is included in almost everything processed today. Years ago, our diets didn’t include much for sugar, as most people ate whole foods, which came from the land and sea. Today, grocery stores are packed with processed foods and most contain sugar in one form or another.

To help you become more aware of what you are eating, in this blog, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at a few varieties of yogurt to compare their ingredients and sugar content. I don’t eat yogurt too often, but the other day I came across one I decided to try, as it had a lower sugar content than most varieties.

Let’s take a look…

Chobani Simply 100:

This is the one I tried. It only has 6 g of sugar, which is quite a bit lower than most yogurts available. It contains both cane sugar and stevia, which is a natural sweetener. I thought it tasted pretty good and because of the low sugar content, I will probably try it again.

Chobani:

This Chobani yogurt is a popular one and tastes good. It contains 15g of sugar, which is a fair amount, but pretty common for yogurt. It contains cane sugar and other natural sugars from the fruit. Here is the link to the Chobani site, if you want to look at the full ingredient list.

Yoplait:

Yoplait yogurt is another popular choice and comes in a variety of options, each with their unique ingredients and sugar content. Their original variety contains 18 g of sugar, which is a little higher than the Chobani brand. Their light version contains only 10 g of sugar, but contains both sugar and sucralose (an artificial sweetener).

Here is the link to the Yoplait site, if you want to look at the full ingredient list for the original version or the light version.

Oikas:

Th Oikos brand has 12 g of sugar for this particular flavor. It also contains cane sugar, plus a number of other ingredients. Here is the link for ingredient list for their strawberry variety. I couldn’t find the pomegranate raspberry variety, but figured it would be similar.

Dannon Light & Fit Greek:

This yogurt only has 7 g of sugar, but contains fructose and sucralose (an artificial sweetener), which I wouldn’t recommend. It has other ingredients too, that I wasn’t sure exactly what they were. I personally would avoid this one.

As you can see, the sugar content and other ingredients vary quite a bit from brand to brand. Keep in mind that some varieties contain cane sugar, some contain aspartame, some contain sucralose, and some contain stevia, or a combination of sugar and stevia. Make sure you read the food labels before choosing a variety that is right for you.

Thanks for reading!

Barb

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