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