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Yo, So What is Up With The Yogurt?

yogurtI have come to the conclusion that the food industry  has completely confused the definition of yogurt ( as has happened with brownies that now have fiber in them, you know what I mean).  Most yogurts are glorified candy yogurts.   Well, take a look at the amount of sugar in yogurt and you might be surprised.
Stonyfield Farm Lowfat Wild Berry Smoothies: 4 1/2 tsp sugar (23 g sugar)
Stonyfield Farm Fruit on the Bottom Strawberry Lowfat Yogurt:  4 tsp (23 g)
Gogurt Cool Cotton Candy/Burstin' Melon Berry: 2 tsp (10 g)  = but think of how SMALL these "candy yogurts" are
YoPlait Trix Verry Berry Watermelon/Berry Burst: 3 tsp. (14g)
YoPlait Kids Royal Strawberry Banana: 2 1/2 tsp (13 g)  ******better choice than some
YoPlait original Stawberry nonfat: 5 tsp!!! (26 g)
Dannon Fruit on the Bottom Lowfat Strawberry: 5 tsp (26 g)
Danonino Strawberry Yogurt: 1 1/2 tsp (7 g) (these are relatively small, but for the little ones, not such a bad choice)
Danonino Strawberry Drink: 3 tsp (14 g)
And I did not even get in to the amounts of artificial colors in some of the kids yogurts.....!!!!
So what is a poor yogurt shopper to do?
First of all, go Greek or Plain.  Add your own teaspoon of honey or maple syrup as a sweetener, along with some fresh fruit.  On the go? buy the Greek yogurt that have the honey or fruit on the side and only put a small amount in ( 1 tsp), add your own fresh fruit right before you eat it.
Also, buy Lowfat or Nonfat.  Stay away from articial sweeteners like aspartame, acesulfame potassium, etc.  since we do not yet know the long term effects of some of these sweeteners.   Better to use a little real sugar (as in honey or maple syrup) with some fresh fruit.
And how do you read the sugar content on the labels?  Look at the amount of grams next to where it says "Sugar", then divide by 5.  There are 5 grams of sugar in 1 teaspoon.  Voila!  You can now be your own sugar sleuth out there!  Good Luck!  

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