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

How much sugar does yogurt have?

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Do you like yogurt and do not know what to choose when you go to the supermarket, because you would like to always choose the most nutritious and healthy? In this sense we advise you to read the note How to choose the healthiest yogurt when you're in the supermarket . And, if so, in reality, it is relatively easy to go to the refrigerator shelf and go only to those yogurts and dairy products that may be appropriate. But, and in the case of its sugar content? Before, to know it, you have to know what you should look for to get it.

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

That is, the publication of British study (which has analyzed the sugar content of about 900 yogurts), has helped to make more publicly visible something that many nutritionists in our country have been criticizing for years: the excess of sugar in many foods and foodstuffs, among those who are also yoghurts.

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

Read also: Why you should avoid sugary, flavored or fruit yogurts

What should you look for when you want to buy healthy yogurts?

It is true that sometimes, just seeing the labeling of the yoghurt container would be enough to discover whether or not it is healthy. For example, it is the case of any yogurt that is not natural . But without sinning strict, yes we can say that all those yogurts that are flavored, sweetened, fruit or cereal, usually contain a high amount of sugars.

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

But the best thing is always analyze the nutritional labeling of the product , where you will know what amount of protein, 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 exceeds 5.0 grams of sugars, then it is not such an appropriate option.

Nutritional labeling of yogurt

So, Any yogurt that exceeds 5 grams of sugar per 100 grams of product is already exceeding the recommended . In the concrete example that we discussed in the previous image, the product shown exceeds the recommended amount of sugar: it contributes 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 goes for organic or organic yoghurts, because by virtue of being bio they do not mean that they can not contain a high amount of sugar in their composition. In these cases, too, it is necessary to see their list of ingredients and their nutritional labeling.

What other ways can we find sugar in yogurt?

As you mentioned, it is quite possible that you not only find the word "sugar" in the list of ingredients in yogurt, which can lead you to error and think that by not containing "sugar" then it will be free of sweeteners and will be more healthy.

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

Discover also: How to choose the healthiest yogurt when you're in the supermarket

What are the yogurts 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 yoghurts 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.
  • Yoghurts with fruits
  • Cereal yogurts.
  • Bifidus type yogurts.
  • Soy yoghurts flavored, flavored and / or with fruits.
  • Flavored oatmeal yogurts, flavored and / or with fruits.
  • Petit Suisse.
  • Other dairy products that are not yoghurts: custard, 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 by the mere fact of being organic, but the reality is quite different: we also have to look at their labeling to find out what amount of sugars and fats they contribute, and above all, with what ingredients they have been made.

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