Is Your Yogurt Really Good for You? Many Are High in Sugar


Most commercial brands of yogurt — including organic products and those marketed to children — are high in sugar, according to a study conducted at the University of Leeds and the University of Surrey, both in England. The only exceptions are some natural Greek and “Greek-style” yogurts.

The researchers analyzed product information for 921 yogurt brands found in U.K. supermarkets and found that average sugar levels were higher than 5 grams per 100 grams — too high to be classified as “low-sugar” products. Other than dessert yogurts, organic products had the highest sugar content — 13.1 grams (gm) per 100 gm, on average. Most yogurt products geared to children were high in sugar as well.

In the United States, most commercial yogurt brands contain added sugar, and some dessert yogurts have as many as 29 gm of sugar per serving. According to the American Heart Association, women should consume no more than 25 gm of added sugar per day and men, no more than 37.5 gm.

Sourced from: BMJ Open