It's official: Yogurt is dessert. I know we all talk about it like it's a health food. We're all, nom nom love me some acidophilus as we spoon it in, imagining that somewhere a nutrition angel just got her wings because of our virtual choice of snack. But we're forgetting one thing: Yogurt is loaded with sugar. Well, most flavored varieties are. In fact, some yogurts have more sugar than a Twinkie. That would be 19 grams -- and by the way, the American Heart Association recommends women consume no more than 20 grams of sugar a day.
Obviously eating a sugar-laden yogurt is still way better for you than eating a Twinkie. At least with the yogurt, you're also getting calcium and other nutrients. But still, wouldn't you like to know which yogurts are low in sugar? I would. Here are 9 varieties of yogurt that have less sugar than a Twinkie but still taste great.
1. Chobani Simply 100 Greek Yogurt: These non-fat, 100-calorie yogurts have just 6 to 8 grams of sugar per serving.
2. FAGE Yogurt: These yogurts have 16 to 17 grams of sugar, whether it's the full-fat or non-fat variety.
3. Liberté Greek Yogurt: Most flavors have around 16 grams of sugar, lemon flavor has 19.
4. Stonyfield Nonfat Greek Yogurt: The fruit-flavored varieties have around 16 grams of sugar. But other flavors, like the very dessert-sounding caramel (HELLO!), come with 22 grams.
5. Trader Joe's Greek-Style Yogurt: The store brand's Greek flavored yogurts have around 16 grams of sugar.
6. Siggi's Icelandic-Style Yogurt: These are especially low in sugar, some as low as just 11 grams. Wowza.
7. Maple Hill Creamery Yogurt: This is my favorite brands of yogurt, but unfortunately it's not available everywhere. I apologize. But I just want to point out that its flavors have 16 to 18 grams of sugar.
9. Plain yogurt with 1 teaspoon of honey: One teaspoon of honey has 17 grams of sugar.
Weird, did you notice what almost all of these yogurts have in common? They're almost all GREEK style (Icelandic is kind of the same idea as Greek style). I looked for a flavored, non-Greek yogurt with fewer than 20 grams of sugar, and all I found were the Maple Hill Creamery yogurts. You may have a similar small, local brand that's also low in sugar -- and your kids probably refuse to eat it, too. At any rate, overall Greek seems to be where it's at as far as low-sugar yogurt goes. Still read those labels, though, because I did find some Greek-style yogurt flavors that contain over 20 grams of sugar.
How much sugar do you think is all right in yogurt?
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