Sugar Content Varies Among Greek Yogurt, Beware!

Greek yogurt is consumed in large quantities in my house and there are a few brands I like. I typically choose the brand based on what is available where I am shopping and what is on sale. When at Big Y (my local store), they usually have Chobani on sale, so that is what I typically get. Specifically, I get the nonfat vanilla kind.

However, the other day I was at Stop and Shop, instead, and they didn’t have Chobani. They did have Cabot, though, and I love Cabot cheese. I saw they had a lowfat vanilla Greek yogurt so I decided to buy it. I didn’t really check the label much as I assumed I was getting a comparable product (only noted difference was lowfat instead of nonfat, which I could care less about).

This morning I went to have some yogurt and decided to look at the label. I suddenly paused as I realized the Cabot brand had 32g of sugar per serving. That is a lot. It is as much as regular yogurts that are high in sugar. One of the reasons people switch from regular to Greek yogurt is the reduced sugar content, but apparently, that is pointless in this case.

I then looked at the label of my usual Chobani vanilla and it only contains 17g of sugar. Big difference! So I put back the Cabot and used my usual Chobani, instead.  I saved myself 15g of sugar, which is about 4 teaspoons.  I also saved myself 50 calories, 4g of fat, and added 8g of protein by choosing Chobani!

Don’t make assumptions about your food, and read the labels. Remember, 4g of sugar is equal to one teaspoon, so do the math. BEWARE, though, fruit sugar is different. Don’t worry about sugar that comes from fruit, just worry about added sugars.

About Kimberly Dawson, M.S.

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