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Not all American yogurts are equally useful: see what you are buying.


Source: The Daily Mail

Do you and your children love yoghurts and think that “baby”, “sugar-free” or “with calcium” - certainly means “healthy”? Then you will be interested to know what yoghurts actually contain and how to choose them.

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Consumer organization Choice selected 38 different products on the market and studied their real composition - the number of "stars" in the reviews, the content of sugar, protein, calories, fat and other important data, writes The Daily Mail. What turned out?

1. They all contain sugar

The first thing you need to know is that every yoghurt contains sugar, more or less, even if the packaging says it is dietary or says “yogurt, fruit + nothing else”. The only question is how much sugar is in the product you buy.

2. Not all yoghurts are a source of calcium

You already agreed that yoghurts contain calcium, and now for another surprise - they don't always contain calcium at all. Study the label on the packaging to find out about this. Some foods labeled “good source of calcium” contained less than 25% of the RDA. It is important to consider that the older the child, the more calcium he needs.

3. Fruit and vegetable ingredients may not meet expectations

Just because a banana or pumpkin is drawn on the package, you should not think that they are actually contained in the yogurt itself. Some do have pieces of real fruit, but in most cases these are elements of thick jam made from fruit puree, water and sugar with thickeners, as well as fruit acids. How to find out? Read the list of ingredients.

4. Most have supplements

Yogurts in general should contain both milk and live yogurt cultures. But many store-bought yoghurts contain other additives, including thickeners, acidity regulators, colors and flavors. Again, pay attention to them in the list of ingredients: the manufacturer must declare this.

5. The benefits of "live cultures" may be negligible

Many yoghurts show off the same “crops” on their packaging that promise health benefits. But it’s not that simple. Live bacteria may indeed be beneficial for gut health, but there is no guarantee that yoghurts contain enough of the right bacteria to survive in the yogurt itself and reach the gut in the required mass.

Opinion nutritionist

Lindy Cowan, a board-certified dietitian, recommends that you carefully read the ingredient list on the packages and look for those that are familiar to you. Yogurt itself contains sugar, but it is important to avoid artificially added sugar - this can be indicated as juice, syrup, glucose, fruit puree, agave nectar, cane juice. Your doctor calls plain yogurt sweetened with fresh fruit or honey, which you add yourself, as ideal.

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