Not all yogurts are created equal. I suppose I knew this, but on some level didn’t fully believe it to be true. Well folks, I came across an astonishing statistic yesterday. I was reading an interview with the super-smart Michael Pollan. He’s the author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma and has a new book coming out called Cooked.
In this interview, Pollan was asked about Go-Gurt. Granted, I wouldn’t pick Go-Gurt up for myself because I assumed it was sugary, but listen to the stat that followed. He said, “Unless you’re buying plain, there is more sugar per ounce in the typical flavored yogurt than there is in a soda”. Isn’t that shocking?! That is incredibly sugared yogurt! Basically flavored yogurt is candy. What a mean trick. It shouldn’t be this hard to eat healthy. But that’s a rant for another day.
I got totally freaked out that I was consuming grams upon grams of sugars in my yogurt, unknowingly. But what I found was reassuring.
|Corn starch! Noooo…|
This is the list of ingredients for Low Fat Plain Stonyfield yogurt. There are 15g carbs in 1 cup.
And for their Strawberry Low Fat, which contains 36g carbs in 1 cup; the increased carbs comes from both sugar (note, it’s the 2nd ingredient) and flavoring.
Lastly, I looked at Pomegranate Chiobani because that’s what I eat when I’m lazy; 21g of carbs and 19g of those are sugar.
I did not realize that Stonyfield flavored yogurt has so much sugar. I very easily trusted that Stonyfield wouldn’t steer me wrong…trust no one. Chiobani seems less bad as far as sugar content, which I’m glad to read. I will be transitioning back to plain yogurt with my own toppings: fruit, honey, maple syrup, nuts, seeds. The possibilities are endless!
And lesson learned: always look at what you’re eating. After all, you only get one body.
Go forth, eat healthy yogurt, and be happy!