Hope you're doing well. I have a question about yogurt, and I looked for the answer on your blog but didn't find it (though really, I would've loved to try the lactose-free yogurt you wrote about).
From time to time, I get on a little yogurt kick. Last weekend I stayed in a hotel, and at the continental breakfast spread, I opted to eat some Activia yogurt. Tasty! I should eat more of this!
Then I day 2, I noticed that my 4 oz. cup contained 17g of sugar, and that felt like a lot. Especially when the ingredients were (according to the website):
CULTURED GRADE A NON FAT MILK, PEACH, INULIN, WATER, CONTAINS LESS THAN 1% OF FRUCTOSE, CORN STARCH, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, KOSHER GELATIN, NATURAL FLAVOR, ANNATTO EXTRACT AND CARROT JUICE CONCENTRATE (FOR COLOR), SODIUM CITRATE, MALIC ACID, SUCRALOSE
Am I right? I mean, I feel like sugar or some form of sweetener is dumped into a lot of American processed food, and I'd like to get away from some of that.
This week I've been eating yogurt for breakfast every day, which I've really enjoyed. I usually eat Kashi GoLean (fiber, baby!), but the yogurt is a nice change (calcium, baby!). I've been trying a bunch of varieties--mainly various brands from Whole Foods, or Trader Joe's, selected by the sugar content. Here's what I've tried:
Trader Joe's Greek-style: 5.3 oz., 11g sugar
Brown Cow All Natural Greek Yogurt: 5.3 oz, 17g sugar
Wallaby Organic: 6 oz., 19g sugar
Cultural Revolution Organic: 6 oz., 11g sugar
Better Whey of Life Protein Yogurt: 6 oz., 14g sugar
Cascade Fresh Fat Free Yogurt: 6 oz., 16g sugar
I have not tried the true Greek yogurts, mainly because they put too much of a crimp in my budget.
I've also looked at Trader Joe's and Whole Foods Private Label regular yogurts, which had way more sugar in them. That scared me a bit.
So, my question--if you have some time--is, What's an acceptable sugar range for yogurt? I understand it's going to have some sugar, but how much is too much? And where should that sweetness come from? I see all sorts of ingredients--from fruit juice concentrate to natural cane sugar to fructose. What should I try to avoid in choosing yogurt?
Thanks so much for your time....hope all is well in your corner of the world and with school. The Boy and I are moving to Boston in a couple of months--he got a job with a small consulting firm out there. Good times.