Dieticians Warn That Many ‘Healthy’ Yoghurts Have Just As Much Sugar As Ice-Cream!

While yoghurt may seem like a healthier option than ice cream, a recent analysis on some of the country’s favourite yoghurts has revealed that many may have just as much sugar (if not more).

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Yoghurt Has HOW Much Sugar?

In a campaign for Livelighter, run by Cancer Council Victoria and the Heart Foundation, 197 flavoured yoghurts were analysed – including 55 children’s yoghurts – from Coles and Woolworths.

Results showed that 55 per cent of these yoghurts had more than 12 grams of sugar per 100 grams in them. 

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In a media release, the World Health Organisation (WHO) suggests adults and children reduce their daily intake of free sugars to less than 10% of their total energy intake.

A further reduction to below 5% or roughly 25 grams (6 teaspoons) per day would provide additional health benefits.

With the Livelighter campaign in mind, half of the tested yoghurts account for nearly HALF of your daily recommended intake of sugar.

10 Most Sugary Yoghurts From The Data:

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Gippsland Dairy’s Choc Cherry Twist Yoghurt was found to have 4.7 teaspoons of sugar per 100 gram, while Gippsland Dairy Boysenberry Twist Yoghurt has 4.4 teaspoons of sugar.

Tasmanian Tamar Valley Dairy Greek Style Yoghurt Raspberry contains 4.1 teaspoons of sugar per 100 grams and Vaalia 3x Probiotics Lemon Creme Youghurt has around 3.9 teaspoons of sugar per 100 grams.

A spokeswoman for Danon, whose Danone Ultimate Greek yoghurt also performed poorly on the study, says many of their products are considered a treat.

“Danone Ultimate Greek yoghurt offers an alternative to packages desserts, with 4.2 teaspoons in each 125-gram serve, which is significantly lower in sugar than many of the desserts and ice creams on the market,” the spokesperson told the Sydney Morning Herald.

Following the research, many dieticians are urging people to treat some yoghurts as a dessert-treat as opposed to a healthy snack.

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“Our research has found that some manufacturers are turning yoghurt — which is a healthy food — into a dessert by adding excessive amounts of sugar or cream.

“Some yoghurts contain a whopping 7.5 teaspoons of sugar in just one small 160g tub, or 4.5 teaspoons of sugar per 100g, which is almost as much sugar as ice cream 2, while other yoghurts contained added cream,” says Alison McAleese, manager of the Livelighter public health campaign.

“What’s more, manufacturers are promoting these yoghurts as low in fat, diet, natural and high in probiotics, so it can be really confusing for shoppers to know which ones are genuinely good and which are desserts in disguise.”

This comes as state and federal  health ministers are planning to discuss sugar labelling on Friday at the Forum of Food regulation meeting.

“At the moment you have to be a food scientist to identify added sugars in processed foods,” says Katinka Day, who is from consumer advocacy group Choice.

Dieticians Warn That Many ‘Healthy’ Yoghurts Have More Sugar Than Ice-Cream!

The study found that yoghurts which have less sugar than the others are: Rokeby Farms whole protein Swedish style quark yoghurt coconut, which only has 2.8 teaspoons of sugar per 170g tub and Ski DLite real yoghurt has 3.4 teaspoons of sugar in a 150g tub.

Who would’ve thought so many yoghurts contained so much sugar?! We’ll definitely be more aware of yoghurt food labels in the future as we plan our healthy snacks snacks. Here’s our guide to which plain yoghurt is the best.

Meanwhile, here are five ‘healthy foods’ that contain more sugar than a Tim Tam. If you liked this blog, be sure to check out 5 Types Of Baby Food Without Added Sugar.

Low Calorie Mango Yoghurt Pudding

Try our low-calorie Mango Yoghurt Pudding for a yummy dessert.

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