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How to know how much sugar a yogurt has when you go to buy it

What do we have to look at the label of a yogurt to know how much sugar it has?  We will discover how to know it easily so that you can choose the one that has the least.

Do you like yogurt and you don’t know which one to choose when you go to the supermarket, because you would like to always choose the most nutritious and healthy ones? And, if so, in reality, it is relatively easy to go to the shelf of the refrigerator and go only to those yogurts and dairy products that may be suitable. But what about its sugar content? Before, to know it, you have to know what you should look for to achieve it.

Although it is true that yesterday many people have been alarmed to discover the incredible amount of sugar in most yogurts that we find on the shelves of supermarkets, unfortunately nothing has been discovered that was not known.

In other words, the publication of the British study (in which the sugar content of nearly 900 yogurts has been analyzed) has helped to make something more publicly visible that many nutritionists in our country had been criticizing for years: excess sugar of many foods and food products, among which are -also- yogurts.

Specifically, we have learned that of the 900 yogurts and assimilates analyzed by British researchers, only 9% were low in sugar, so that the vast majority “are extremely sugary. ” But the alarm is even greater if we take into account the sugar content of infant yogurts: only 2 of the 100 infant yogurts analyzed had less than 5 grams per 100 grams of product.

What to look for when you want to buy healthy yogurts:

It is true that, sometimes, just looking at the labeling of the yogurt container would be enough to discover whether or not it is healthy. For example, this is the case with any yogurt that is not natural. But without being strict, we can say that all those yogurts that are flavored, sugary, fruit or cereal, will usually contain a high amount of sugars.

However, we can delve a little deeper and read the list of ingredients with which it has been made. If it contains the word “sugar” or “sweeteners” it is best to put it back on the refrigerator shelf.

But the most appropriate thing is always to analyze the nutritional labeling of the product, where you will know how much it provides of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals. Once you have it in your hands you should look at the section ‘carbohydrates, of which sugars’. If per 100 grams of product it exceeds 5.0 grams of sugars, then it is not such a suitable option.

Therefore, any yogurt that exceeds 5 grams of sugar per 100 grams of product is already exceeding the recommended. In the specific example that we discussed in the previous image, the product shown exceeds the recommended amount of sugar: it provides 13.3 grams of sugar, originally 16.6 grams for the 125 grams that the container has (and that you would end up eating after all).

Any yogurt that exceeds 5 grams of sugar per 100 grams of product is not suitable.

The same happens with organic or organic yogurts, since because they are bio they do not mean that they cannot contain a high amount of sugar in their composition. In these cases, too, it is necessary to see its list of ingredients and its nutritional labeling.

In what other ways can we find sugar in yogurt?

As we mentioned, it is quite possible that you will not only find the word “sugar” in the list of ingredients of yogurt, which can lead you to error and think that because it does not contain “sugar” then it will be free of sweeteners and will be more healthy.

You should discard any yogurt that contains any of the following ingredients: dextrose, sucrose, glucose, fructose, honey, invert sugar, corn syrup, cane syrup, sucrose, maltose, caramel…

What are the yogurts that you should avoid when you go to the supermarket?

If you are concerned about your health, and that of your children, and you want to opt for nutritious yogurts that are truly adequate in terms of their sugar content, here are the ones you should avoid when you go to the supermarket:

  • Flavored yogurts.
  • Flavored yogurts.
  • Yogurts with fruits.
  • Cereal yogurts.
  • Bifidus type yogurts.
  • Flavored, flavored and / or fruit soy yogurts.
  • Flavored, flavored and / or fruit oatmeal yogurts.
  • Petit Suisse.
  • Other dairy products that are not yogurts: custards, mousses …

You should also pay attention to those yogurts that are organic or organic, as we mentioned in a previous section. We tend to think that they are healthier for the mere fact of being organic, but the reality is quite different: we also have to look at their labeling to find out how much sugar and fat they provide, and above all, with what ingredients they have been made.

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