Yoghurt’s popularity continues to rise, the cultured dairy goodness is a regular part of most healthy diets, but make the wrong choice and you may as well be tucking into a tub of ice cream. Paula Norris (@MovingDietitian) helps breaks it all down.
The added sugar in some flavoured yoghurts means their nutritional profile is closer to a dessert. The tricky part is determining the difference between the added sugars (the bad stuff) and the naturally occurring milk sugar ‘lactose’ (the good stuff).
How much added sugar is in yoghurt?
- Only 5-6g of ‘sugar’ per 100g of yoghurt comes from naturally the occurring milk sugar lactose. Everything above this is from fruit or other added sugars.
- A good way to tell is looking at the order of listed ingredients. Added sugars such as table sugar, honey, syrup or fruit juices and concentrates are usually featured higher than any real fruit used.
What about artificially sweetened flavoured yoghurts?
- Artificially or Stevia sweetened yoghurts can have a similar profile to low fat natural yoghurts and thus can make a good choice. However the artificial nature of the sweeteners are not to everyone’s taste or choice.
How to choose a healthier flavoured yoghurt
- Aim for <10g of total sugar per 100g where possible and try for varieties without ‘added’ sugars or where fruits feature higher on the ingredients list than any added sugar. For a ‘added sugar’ ingredients see here
Pictured are some of the healthiest flavoured yoghurts on the Australian market
Find alternative healthy sweet snacks here
Paula is a trained Dietitian working to provide ideas and information to make healthy eating easy! Check her out Instagram here