Sugars in yoghurt

Posted by ellerbracke @ellerbracke, Tue, Nov 19 7:00am

I just read an article in the paper stating that the sales of yoghurt are steadily trending downward. In our semi-upscale local grocery chain there are roughly 8 linear feet, 4 to 5 shelves worth, of yoghurt on display. Other than plain yoghurt, there are 4 (!), store brand, generic yoghurts available with “no sugar added”. (Both my husband and I dislike 2 of those 4 flavors). All the other greek, skandinavian, australian, etc. yoghurts have sugar added, in addition to the already naturally occurring sugar in the fruit. I have a well functioning digestive system, no need for probiotics, also basically no weight problem except when it comes to sweets and sugar in general. Any type of sweetened food tends to immediately show on the scale. Much more than ingested fat or carbs in general. Yes, I could buy plain yoghurt and add my own fruit, but since I’m not crazy about yoghurt in the first place, the large container would likely go bad before I get around to eating it.
Most of the time I do not care for sweet stuff, some home-baked cookies around Christmas time, dark chocolate frequently, doughnuts once a year (apple doughnuts when apple-picking in NC). Anyway, this sort of ties a little into the sugar in general discussion. I just find it frustrating that there are tons of gluten free, reduced fat, organic, non-GMO, etc. food products available, but not something as simple as no-sugar yoghurt.

@ellerbracke

The only yogurts without added surgery are the plain ones , like you mentioned. I happen to like Stoneyfield plain Greek yogurt and use it in place of sour cream on occasion. Used to eat it with fruit for breakfast but not so much anymore. People are fooled by yogurts and I don’t think too many read labels. I also buy less gluten free products than I did because so many include sugar. I try to stay away from wheat products. I’m a big label reader and have dumped a lot of products I used to buy over the years.

I have my one piece of dark chocolate at night and don’t keep sweet things in the house. I do make paleo banana muffins and they include about 1/4 cup of maple syrup or honey. Great for breakfast. Read the catsup labels….sugar or added fructose…although I did find one without sugar. It’s maddening but I think people are becoming more aware of the added ingredients like sugar and stabilizers and unpronounceable things. There are more and more items in the supermarket though, that are either organic or labeled natural, whatever that means.

If we don’t buy that junk, they won’t make it. Unfortunately I don’t see the obesity epidemic slowing down in this country. I realize a lot of bad food choices are due to economics. I was in the Dollar General Market store yesterday picking up paper products and saw so many older people my age grabbing the $1 frozen meal sale….looked at the back of one….omg…is it even food? People do their major food shopping there.

Eating healthy is not cheap . We have too many options and eat too much so it’s better to spend the bucks on the best fuel for your body and have less.
It’s a matter of thinking for yourself and not giving in to family or friends pressure and their lifestyles. Be a role model.

I got off the track but I am passionate about food and sugar ages you anyway. It’s easy to get away from sugar once you start to appreciate what good food tastes like and notice the difference in how you feel. Seventy percent of our medical problems start on the gut.

FL Mary

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@imallears : you’re a kindred spirit. Would it please you to hear that I’m still harvesting fresh radishes, baby kale, fresh dill and chives from my vegetable patch, in spite of 2 low-20 degree nights recently? I covered stuff up, and got rewarded. Fall crop of sugar snap peas is 15” high, hoping it will have time to bear before the real cold blasts start. So my garden gives me healthy food, as well as decent outdoor exercise. 2 for 1!

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@ellerbracke
That’s awesome! We had a garden in Long Island. Trying to sustain one here in FL is nuts. I wish I could snap up some of those peas. Right from the garden to your tummy…can’t get any better.

FL Mary

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