Yogurt: A good source of vitamins, minerals…and sugar

Leslie Hanson
September 20, 2018

The sugar content varied enormously both within and across the categories, the analysis showed.

A study by researchers from Leeds and Surrey universities said only natural, plain and Greek-style yoghurts had a low sugar content, with an average of 5g per 100g, largely naturally occurring.

If you look at the sugar content of some yogurts in the supermarket, you might mistakenly think you're in the dessert aisle.

The researchers surveyed the sugar content of over 900 yogurts in United Kingdom supermarkets and found that the average amount of sugar across yogurt categories (children's, organic, flavored, etc.) was well above 10 grams per 100 gram serving.

Fewer than one in 10 (9pc) qualified as low sugar, nearly none of which were in the children's category.

'Many of the products that were suggested for children's lunchboxes were high-sugar dessert yogurts, ' she said.

Yogurts found in a US supermarket have similar amounts of sugar to those found in United Kingdom stores.

This is particularly true of the organic yogurts analysed.


"However, we found that in numerous yoghurt products marketed towards children, a single serving could contain close to half of a child's recommended daily maximum sugar intake". Overall, fewer than one in ten of all the yogurts studied - 9 percent - qualified as low-sugar. Regardless, these levels of sugar are dramatic.

As a mother she wondered, just how much sugar was she giving her daughter?

But Dr Bernadette Moore, lead researcher of this study, said: "Even if we take the reduction into account, most of these yoghurts will still not be low in sugar". Chobani filed the lawsuit Monday, April 24, 2017.

"Items labelled organic are often thought of as the "healthiest" option, but they may be an unrecognised source of added sugar in many people's diet". Yogurt is marketed as a healthy food, but a study published this week in the British Medical Journal is the latest reminder that not all yogurt is created equal.

Still, the amount of sugar in many commercially available yogurts is less than ideal.

"While yogurt may be less of a concern than soft drinks and fruit juices, the chief sources of free sugars in both children and adult's diets, what is worrisome is that yogurt, as a perceived "healthy food", may be an unrecognized source of free/added sugars", the authors wrote. People can also make their own yogurt at home, as some cultures have been doing for centuries.

The researchers noted that the confusion over whether yoghurt is good for you stems over confusion over the difference between natural sugar and added sugar. One Yoplait yogurt, marketed with Disney's popular Frozen characters on it, contains 13 grams of sugar in a 113 gram serving.

Amisha Ahuja is an internal medicine resident at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and a writer with the ABC News Medical Unit.

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