Yogurt: The Unhealthy Health Food?

(PCM) Did you know that most fruit-on-the-bottom yogurts pack more sugar than a Kit-Kat bar!? Yikes! Even nonfat yogurt varieties can be loaded with sugar; top that with a handful of granola and you’re looking at a morning sugar rush comparable to what you’d get from a donut!

Still, yogurt is a great source of calcium and probiotics, so if you choose the right type, it can be a healthy snack or breakfast option. Check the labels at grocery stores; don’t throw a couple containers in your cart just because they’re on sale. Look for varieties that contain less than 10 grams of sugar per 6-ounce serving. Believe it or not, this can be hard to come across. If you can’t find anything with less than 10 grams, try and get close so it, and read the ingredients list to see where the sugar is coming from – real sugar from fruit is better than high fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners.

Your best bet is to buy organic, naturally fruit-sweetened yogurt, or better yet, buy plain, nonfat Greek yogurt and mix in your own fruit!

photo credit Men’s Health

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