Yogurt is deceptively high in sugar, study finds

Alicia Farmer
September 21, 2018

Scientists from the University Lnds in the United Kingdom conducted a study, which found harm to the yogurt shop.

Yogurt selections like this one at a Los Angeles 365 by Whole Foods Market store are getting larger, but a new United Kingdom study warns that many contain lots of added sugar. The fact that they 100 g 17 grams of sugar, which is over 4 teaspoons.

Health chiefs say kids aged four to six should have no more than 19g of sugar a day - meaning just one pot could take them over the limit.

'Retailers could play a positive role in promoting health by establishing boundaries for lunchbox recommendations and clearly labelling the amount of added sugar'.

Yogurt is often regarded as a healthy snack but a new study finds that most yogurts on store shelves are chock-full of sugar. The authors of the study calculated the median amount of sugar per 100 grams for each category of yogurt that they studied, and compared sugar averages.

The scientists believe that in the time when childhood obesity and the prevalence of tooth decay among young children is so high, the trend is "concerning".

What may also help in the U.S.is that by January 2020, most companies will be required to use the Food and Drug Administration's new nutrition labels, which call out added sugars.The healthiest yogurts, Moyer and Moore agree, are plain, unsweetened yogurts and Greek yogurts.

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This research was undertaken shortly after the launch of the sugar-reduction programme.

A source of probiotic cultures, protein, calcium, iodine, and vitamin B12, yogurt is frequently recommended as a part of a healthy diet.

Moore noted that the values only reflect the total sugar content, as labels do not separate naturally occurring sugars such as lactose from added sugars, but said the research suggests approximately 5g of sugar per 100g can be thought of as largely being lactose, with levels above that coming from added sugar.

The second most sugary product was organic yoghurts with a typical 13.1g per 100g. 'Yogurts contain natural sugar from the milk, as well as any fruit that's included'.

To be classed as low sugar there needs to be no more than 5g per 100g.

"Helping people to understand the quantity of sugar that is in their yoghurt and its possible ill effects on health may go a long way to smoothing the road for when the sugar is reduced".

The survey was conducted across eight categories of yogurt and fromage frais: children's, dairy alternative, dessert, drinks, flavoured, natural/Greek, organic, fruit. Desserts had the highest fat content and the broadest range, averaging 5.2 g/100 g. As a global University, we are proud of our strong partnerships with internationally leading institutions and businesses, while being firmly engaged with our local community in Guildford and Surrey.

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