Is Yogurt as beneficial as it seems?

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 NEW DELHI : Yogurt though considered a healthy food, may not be much beneficial for health, suggests a study  published by the British Medical Journal.

Researchers surveyed the sugar content of over 900 yogurts in UK supermarkets and found that the average amount of sugar in yogurt was well above 10 grams per 100-gram serving. To receive a low sugar label in the UK, products cannot have more than 5 grams of sugar per 100-gram serving.

It was found that the median sugar content for organic yogurts was 13.1 grams per 100-gram serving, and some brands had almost 17 grams of sugar per 100-gram serving. It is believed that yogurt is a source of probiotic cultures, protein, calcium, iodine and vitamin B12, but in 2017 when UK government announced top 9 food categories that contribute to children’s sugar intake after sodas, juices, and smoothies that list also included yogurt.

According to researchers “What is worrisome is that yogurt, as a perceived “healthy food”, maybe an unrecognized source of free/added sugars in the diet”. According to Lindsay Moyer, a senior Nutritionist at the Center for Science in the Public interest, consumers may get around 25% or more of the WHOs recommended daily sugar limit for adults (from 25 to 50 grams or less than 10% of total energy) from just one serving of yogurt.

Moreover, most dairy products contain a naturally occurring sugar-lactose-that is included in the total sugar count. This sugar is less worrisome. But how can people tell what type of sugar is more and what type of sugar they are consuming?

In Greek Yogurts, there might be 4 to 6 grams of naturally occurring lactose and 8 to 10 grams in Non-Greek yogurts. Anything above that is likely added sugar, Moyer says. So, it is better to look at your yogurts sugar content as it may not be as healthy food as it sounds.

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