Published: Fri, September 21, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

High levels of sugar in organic and children's yogurts - new survey

High levels of sugar in organic and children's yogurts - new survey

Their study, published today in BMJ Open, found that across all categories of yogurt products - with the exception of natural, Greek and "Greek-style" yogurts - the average sugar levels were well above the five grams of sugar per 100 grams threshold required to be classed "low sugar" and carry a green "traffic light" nutritional label in the UK.

Researchers warn that customers may think they're making a healthy choice when choosing those organic yogurts, when in fact they're making an unhealthy decision. Fewer than 10% of all yogurt fell into the low-sugar category and nearly none of the yogurts in the children's category were low-sugar.

As some states rightfully start to look at reducing sugar consumption from soft drinks, scientists underline another potential source of unneeded sugar: yogurt.

"Even yogurts with the label "organic" which are often considered the healthiest, are actually high in sugar", Moore noted.

Unsurprisingly, yoghurt desserts contained the most sugar - an average of 16.4g per 100g.

According to the research, while yogurt may be less of a concern than soft drinks and fruit juices - the chief sources of free sugars in both children's and adults' diets - what is worrying is that yogurt, often perceived as a healthy food, maybe an unrecognised source of sugar in the diet. The World Health Organisation recommends capping your daily added sugar at about 25g for maximum benefits to your health and your teeth.

Doctors say that the normal amount of sugar for a child for one day - 19 g.

There is 10.6g of sugar per 100ml of Coca-Cola.

Although yoghurt has always been considered a healthy food, experts warn that numerous products sold in supermarkets could contribute to child obesity, tooth decay and other health problems due to their high sugar content. The authors of the study calculated the median amount of sugar per 100 grams for each category of yogurt that they studied, and compared sugar averages.

Most hazardous was the dessert yogurts. Organic yogurts, which have a relatively healthful reputation, were found to have the second highest sugar content at 13.1g per 100g. The team completed the research into the yogurt sugar levels by gathering nutritional data from supermarket websites.

In 2016, Public Health England (PHE) urged the food industry to achieve 20% cuts in sugar levels in everyday foods by 2020, with the goal of 5% within the first year. This may be why these products had higher amounts of added sugar to offset the sourness.

As a mother she wondered, just how much sugar was she giving her daughter?

Yoghurts do contain naturally occurring sugar, called lactose, but United Kingdom labeling laws do not require manufacturers to declare added sugars, the authors said.

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