Most Yogurts On Store Shelves Packed With Sugar

Modesto Morganelli
Settembre 22, 2018

Apart from Greek yogurt, almost all other yogurts on British supermarket shelves proved to have more sugar than the recommended daily requirement, according to a new study. In fact, some contain as much sugar as soda.

Britain has been trying to reduce the amount of sugar in foods as one tactic to combat rising obesity in the country.

Some supermarket yoghurts may contain more sugar than soft drinks despite being regarded as "healthy", a new study has warned. The authors of the study calculated the median amount of sugar per 100 grams for each category of yogurt that they studied, and compared sugar averages.

High sugar levels in yogurt are particularly problematic due to their reputation as a healthy food. To receive a low-sugar label in the United Kingdom, products can not have more than 5 grams of sugar per 100 gram serving.

All the children's products were grouped into several categories: fermented dairy products; dairy alternatives, such as soy; desserts; drinks; flavoured; fruit; natural/Greek; and organic.

The NHS recommends that children aged four to six should have no more than 19g of sugar per day, while those aged seven to 10 should consume less than 24g daily. "With the exception of Greek yogurt, the average sugar levels were found to be well above the five grams per 100-gram servings of yogurt required by the European Union to be considered a product entitled to have a" green" labeling as a low-fat food.

It is important to note, the publicly available nutritional content does not differentiate between naturally occurring sugars and added sugars.

This information is significant when considering that obesity, even among children, is on the rise around the world.

"Not all yogurts are as healthy as perhaps consumers perceive them, and reformulation for the reduction of free sugars is warranted", they concluded.

But she is quick to point out that yogurt is not the worst option in the grocery store: "If you are a parent and you are choosing between a Coca-Cola, a chocolate biscuit [cookie]...or a sweetened yogurt, then by all means give your child the yogurt - you'll get some calcium, you'll get some protein, and you may get some probiotic". But do these benefits create a bit of a blind spot for consumers when it comes to the sugar content of yogurt?

Moore thinks that if individuals know more about sugar in yogurt, they can make different decisions for themselves and their families. Greek yogurt is also high in good bacteria, calcium, iodine and vitamin B.

'Retailers could play a positive role in promoting health by establishing boundaries for lunchbox recommendations and clearly labelling the amount of added sugar'.

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