Some yogurts can contain as much as 30 grams of sugar per six-ounce serving. Harwood recommends buying yogurts with around 12 grams of sugar per six ounces. She also says to avoid any yogurt made with mostly high fructose corn syrup. Greek yogurt, which is thicker and tangier than regular yogurt, is another excellent option. It's typically low in sugar and high in protein.
But be mindful of yogurt's fat content.
"Yogurt can still be high in fat, so if you're watching your weight or concerned with your fat intake, I recommend a low-fat, plain yogurt, and then try mixing it with fresh fruit," says Harwood.
Fresh fruit provides antioxidants and sweetness. Also try adding chopped nuts for healthy fats or whole grain cereal for crunch and fiber.
It's also worth choosing organic yogurt, especially for children. You'll be steering clear of hormones, antibiotics, and artificial sweeteners and dyes.
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