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Health halos are powerful. They convince us that granola laden with maple syrup is healthy and that anything gluten-free must be better for us than the gluten-ful version.
It’s fairly easy to cut through these halos by looking at the nutrition label—but let’s be honest, most of us don’t. Yogurt feels healthy because of all those beneficial microbes, so we just figure it’s all pretty healthy—especially if it’s organic. But as a recent study in the British Medical Journal shows, that intuition isn’t always a great guide. Researchers in the U.K. decided to survey yogurt available in British supermarkets and compare the nutritional profiles of each, and found that many of them were packed full of sugar. Even seemingly wholesome, organic products can contain half your daily recommended dose of the sweet stuff in one tiny little cup.
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“People don’t realize how much added sugar is in their diet,” Andrea Giancoli, a registered dietitian and dietary policy expert, told Popular Science earlier this year. “We know some obvious culprits, but not the ones that are less obvious.”
The flavored, fruit, organic, and children’s yogurt categories all had median sugar contents between 10.8 and 13.1 grams per 100 grams of yogurt. For reference, 100 grams is about 3.5 ounces, and a standard yogurt cup in the U.S. is 5 or 5.3 ounces. But even sticking to the smaller U.K. measurement, that’s about half of the daily recommended sugar for many people. American guidelines suggest that women (or anyone with a smaller body size) stick to 25 grams per day and men (or anyone with a larger body) eat under 38 grams per day. Kids should be getting even less, staying under the 25 gram mark. That means a single, tiny yogurt—one of the portions that barely feels like a snack—is giving you half your...
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