Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Reformed Yogurt

I have some news for you, and I don't think you aren't going to like it. 

Deep sigh. 

Yogurt isn't necessarily good for you. 


When looking at nutritional labels, there is the amount of sugar in grams, but unlike the listed salt content there is no daily value provided. Meaning, it is easy not to take sugar amounts into consideration. 

Even those Greek yogurts, like Chobani, which claim to be oh-so-healthy, has in their flavored offerings 29 grams of sugar per container. Comparably, there 30 grams in an 8 oz can of Coke.
Never fear! There is an alternative! 

The secret is to buy Plain yogurt—wait, wait, hear me out!—then add sugar on one's own. 

One of the reasons why processed and take-out food is so bad is because sugar, fat, and salt are added indiscriminately, in amounts one would never use when cooking in the comfort of one's home (unless one is Paula Deen). 

So what I do is buy the big tub of Chobani 2% Plain Yogurt—which has only 9 grams of sugar per serving—(it is better to have a little fat than none because in order to compensate for the creaminess of fat, "something" has to be added, and that "something" is never diet-friendly) mix it with some maple syrup (agave is also a good option), and dollop it atop fresh fruit.



Sweet Profusion said...

Sorry if this sounds persnickety, but "healthful" isn't all about sugar content, in the same way that the health benefits of antibiotics have relatively little to do with the sugar content of the vehicle in which they are suspended; or the heart-healthful benefits of chocolate, or red wine, or whatever have to do with sugar content.
You seem to understand this clearly, but there are lots of people out there who jump on every band wagon, i.e. cut out sodium entirely from their diet, overdose on Vitamins A or B's, and engage in all sorts of other stupid behavior, so it's worth being clear in your terms, goals, etc, if you are really trying to give advice.

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with SP. Just because something has lots of sugar, it doesn't mean it isn't healthful. When a food has other benefits -- complete protein, probiotics, etc. -- you don't just write it off because it has lots of sugar. Maybe fruits are not either healthful because they contain lots of sugar.

Princess Lea said...

Ooookey, you do realize that I didn't ban yogurt, merely recommended self-sweetening? How can either of you have a problem with that?

tesyaa said...

I mixed strawberry jam into my plain yogurt when I was 4 years old - my own initiative. That was about a million years before you were born. There's nothing new under the sun...

Princess Lea said...

I didn't come up with it. I heard it from Michael Pollan and Michael Moss.

Plus my mother did that too all the time when I was a kid. Not trying to steal anyone's thunder.

Sophie-Marie said...

Wow, Lea, I guess a lot of people are expressing some bitterness in their comments, so sorry about that :/
While there is no such thing as "entirely good for you", and my life philosophy is to enjoy everything moderately, I try to avoid things that are industrially processed and sweetened, such as fruit, milk products, etc. This said, to be honest I haven't really bought yogurt in years, aside from unflavoured whole-fat Greek yogurt which, as odd as it might sound for a non-Mediterranean palate, I enjoy eating on a piece of multi-grain flatbread, with a drizzle of olive oil and a dash of salt, and if I have some on hand, a bit of fresh mint.


Princess Lea said...

Sounds good!