Most people assume that all yogurt is healthy. But that common misconception is causing people to ingest a lot more sugar than they bargained for. As part of my research for my upcoming book, The Probiotic Miracle, I reviewed many common brands of yogurt to determine how healthy they actually are. Here’s a list of my 5 yogurt picks based on an excellent compilation I found, that are worse than doughnuts (based on a Krispy Kreme doughnut containing about 10 grams of sugar each). However, I placed them in order based on the amount of sugar a six ounce serving of yogurt contains, regardless what serving size the package indicates, just to compare apples to apples. Of course, there are other nutritional factors to consider so I’m not suggesting you eat doughnuts instead of yogurt. Instead, opt for low-sugar breakfasts, like these alternatives.
Yoplait Strawberry Original Yogurt—a six ounce package contains 26 grams of sugar. By comparison a 12-ounce can of Coke or Sprite (twice the amount) contains 33 grams of sugar and no one actually thinks it’s healthy. Ounce for ounce the Yoplait yogurt contains far more sugar than Coke.
Activia Blueberry Yogurt—Tied with Yoplait Strawberry Original for worst yogurt. While it may appear at first glance to contain only 19 grams of sugar (still high!) but when you learn that amount is for a 4.4 ounce serving size, that means this yogurt contains nearly 26 grams of sugar for a comparable six ounce serving size, or the equivalent of two and a half Krispy Kreme doughnuts.
Brown Cow Non-Fat Vanilla—contains 25 grams of sugar for a six ounce serving size. That’s also the equivalent of two and a half doughnuts.
Danone (or Dannon) Fruit on the Bottom Yogurt, Blueberry—a six ounce package of this yogurt contains 24 grams of sugar or the equivalent of two and a half doughnuts.
Stonyfield Organic Smooth and Creamy French Vanilla—contains 29 grams of sugar for a slightly larger eight ounce serving, or the equivalent of 21.75 grams of sugar for a six ounce serving, or just over two doughnuts.
So which yogurt should you choose? Choose either plain yogurt and add fresh fruit to it or choose Greek yogurt that tends to be naturally low in sugar. As an example, 100 grams of Danone Oikos Greek Yogurt contains 3.2 grams of sugar. Pay attention to both the grams of sugar number and the serving size, since some brands like Activia are actually much smaller than most others.
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