Yogurt and the Sugar-Conscious Lifestyle
Yogurt can be the perfect accompaniment to a sugar-conscious diet. Here are tips to ensure you’re making the right picks.
BY SARAH PROTZMAN HOWLETT
Not all sugars are created equal, but there’s no doubt about it: In America, we consume way too much. Added sugars are often high on the ingredients list of unsuspecting foods like some breads, soups, cured meats, pasta sauces, ketchups and yogurts.
How Much Sugar You Should Be Eating
The American Heart Association recommends no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar for women and 9 teaspoons for men daily. However, the average American consumes 17 teaspoons, or 71.14 grams, every day.
So while there’s naturally occurring sugars in healthy, whole fruits, for example, going lower sugar has become a popular component of many diets that aim to break us of the added sugars we may barely notice we’re eating—and, many hope, to reduce our waistlines in the process.
Greek Yogurt Offers Great No Added Sugar Options
Greek chef and cookbook author Diane Kochilas says she avoids yogurts with added sugar, preferring Greek yogurts: FAGE’s new TruBlend, blended with real fruit. It has no added sugar* and no sweeteners. Kochilas also advocates using Greek yogurt in cooking for everything from healthier swaps to being a key ingredient in dips and dressings.
Diet or no diet, there are certain food trends that appear here to stay—and many of them focus on gut health brought by fermented foods like yogurt, plant proteins and grains. In a survey of the nation’s top registered dietician nutritionists, yogurt and kefir share the number one spot on the Top 10 Superfoods for 2020 list, and “limit added sugars” was number four on nutritionists’ best nutritional recommendations for the public.