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Even if it’s la­belled “healthy”, think twice be­fore grab­bing a yo­ghurt to snack on or pour over your ce­real

Destiny - - Health spy - BY Norma Young

A re­cent study in the British Med­i­cal Jour­nal re­vealed that not all yo­ghurts are equal. While the dairy prod­uct is hailed for aid­ing di­ges­tion and pro­vid­ing wel­come boosts of pro­tein, cal­cium and vi­ta­min B, if you’re not care­ful, you could also be load­ing your body with sugar.

Ex­am­in­ing flavoured, fruit-filled and even or­ganic va­ri­eties of yo­ghurt, re­searchers found the ma­jor­ity of prod­ucts they tested to be well above the low sugar thresh­old.

“While yo­ghurt may be less of a con­cern than soft drinks and fruit juices – the chief sources of free sug­ars in both chil­dren’s and adults’ di­ets – what’s wor­ry­ing is that yo­ghurt, as a per­ceived ‘healthy food’, may be an un­recog­nised source of free/added sug­ars in the diet,” they wrote.

Their rec­om­men­da­tion? For­tu­nately, it’s not to avoid yo­ghurt al­to­gether, but to opt for Greek or nat­u­ral op­tions, which tend to con­tain sig­nif­i­cantly less sugar.

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