Yogurt: Answers About Added Sugars

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  • October 22, 2014

In today’s world people care about what’s in their food, so it’s not uncommon to pick up an item off the grocery store shelf and check the nutrition panel. While we may not all fully understand what’s listed on the package, some look for certain ingredients or check calories per serving.

When you want to check the amount of added sugar in an item, we know it can be confusing. On a label, sugars – added and natural – are lumped together and are simply labeled as sugar. We know that making good decisions for you and your family is important, which is why we want to help clarify some misconceptions about sugar in yogurt.

While you’re likely aware that there is sugar in yogurt, you may not realize that some of that sugar, called lactose, occurs naturally in dairy foods – similar to how fruit naturally contains sugar called fructose. Some yogurt companies do add sugars to yogurt to achieve a certain taste profile, and that’s OK. In fact, some organizations support adding a reasonable amount of sugar to nutrient-dense foods (like chocolate milk) to help make them more palatable. And, even though some companies add sugar to appeal to certain tastes, yogurt companies are committed to ensuring lower-sugar options also are available to meet multiple health and wellness needs.

Here’s the best part: Plain low-fat and fat-free yogurt, as well as flavored yogurts, can help you get your recommended servings of low-fat and fat-free milk, cheese and yogurt, while staying within daily calorie limits. But that’s not all. Yogurt delivers a powerhouse of nutrients that help support your health in an appealing and readily available way, which is unmatched by many other foods.

How so? Most servings of yogurt are excellent sources of calcium, phosphorus and riboflavin, not to mention a good source of potassium and high-quality protein, too! Plus, there are many options to choose from in the dairy case that can help you make your recommended servings.

So what are you waiting for? Next time you’re out at the store, grab a few of your favorite yogurts. It’s a super-quick breakfast (just add berries or whole-grain cereal) or a perfect, creamy afternoon snack. And now that you know more about what you’re eating, it may make each spoonful of yogurt that much more enjoyable.