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I’ve been tricked!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Yikes! I watched recently a DVRed episode of the Dr. Oz show and learned something that I’ll never forget, and frankly something that’s going to change my meal planning from here on out.

What’s that you might ask?

Well, frankly, that a container of yogurt has more sugar in it than 8 ounces of regular soda, and here I thought it was healthy.

I could barely believe my ears, so I checked it out for myself.

Yes, 8 ounces of regular Coca-Cola has 27 grams of sugar in it as was stated on the Dr. Oz show and shockingly enough, the 8 ounce container of yogurt that came from my fridge had 39 grams of sugar in it!

So what does that really mean in terms that I can really understand?

Well, that there’s some math that needs to be done. I’m not a math wiz, so I’ll admit I had the help of Google on this one, but I then converted grams into ounces and then ounces into teaspoons so I could visualize what 39 grams of sugar really looks like.

Here it is.

Thirty-nine grams equals 1.37568 ounces and 1.37568 equals 8.25408 teaspoons.

8.25408 teaspoons!

Okay, so we’ll say it’s a little over 8 teaspoons to simplify.

I don’t think I’ve ever added 8 teaspoons of sugar to a single serving of anything, ever.

If I did, all I can say is “Yikes, what could I have been thinking?” Obviously not at all because I can’t remember such a time.

That’s insane.

I used to add 3 teaspoons of sugar to my cereal or my tea before I gave up doing so, first in favor of agave nectar and then just not at all.

So now I can’t even imagine doing anything like this, it seems all the more absurd the more I think about it.

So now, as was suggested by the show, I will be doing things differently.

No longer will I buy any yogurt in it with so much sugar in it. I gave up soda for the most part because of the sugar content, so why should I consume something else that has more sugar in it than soda?

That wouldn’t make any sense.

So now, since I do like to get yogurt in my diet, I’m buying a variety that either has less sugar in it, or buying plain and sweetening it myself with my oh so amazingly delicious agave nectar and adding some fruit.

I have to wonder what possesses a food company to think that 8 teaspoons of sugar in a single serving of any food is a good idea.


If I ate one of those yogurts a day for a week, I’d have consumed 57.77856 teaspoons of sugar, just in yogurt alone.

The sad thing is, before I watched the show, I had bought 7 yogurts, each with about that amount of sugar in it and I think even one or two of them with a little more and I bought that to eat this week.

Oi Vey!

I thought I was doing something healthy. Now I know otherwise.

I didn’t really have an idea of what to look for when it came to sugar content. I know how to measure food in a way by counting carbs, but I don’t always look. The carb count on that 39-gram-of-sugar yogurt is 49 grams of carbs.

That is high – very high frankly.

I didn’t think I had to worry about yogurt.

It’s been my friend, an easy snack to shove in my bag and take to work with me.

Now, I think I better be careful.

A nutritionist once told me a few years ago that the yogurts now a days are more like desserts than they are anything else.

I was told to look for the lower calorie yogurts.

I did for a while, but I didn’t look at anything other than the calories at that point, and later, I decided as long as the yogurt fit within my tracked calories, I could eat any yogurt I wanted.

Oh, it seems not.

I conquered early-stage diabetes, and I’m not going back there if I can help it.

I think that means that I have to be wary of foods containing that much sugar, no matter what it is.

Awareness can be a shocking thing sometimes.

Let’s just say, I’m quite shocked.
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    I am a fan of greek yogurt. The Chobani plain non-fat yogurt has 9 grams of sugar for 8oz, plus 23g protein, and 140 cals.

    It has substance, is very versatile and filling. 4-6 oz is more than enough for me, with mixed berries. I add frozen mixed berries, and as they unthaw, there is some juice to mix in. Or fresh fruit in season. You may need some sweetener at first, but has a great flavor.

    Keep in mind that low fat equals more sugar normally, and flavored equals amazing sugar. I've found greek to be diff, but you have to read labels.

    Thanks for sharing!
    1788 days ago
    That is just disturbing! Thank you for posting that. I will stick with the plain yogurt with fresh fruit as a dessert. That seems to be the better choice. Berries have a ton of fiber, so that's what I shall do.
    1788 days ago
  • MISSG180
    The food industry does everything it can to turn all food into candy. Flavored yogurts are evil. And if you really want to scare yourself, look at the labels on the squeeze ones they market for kids' lunches.
    1789 days ago
    Oh yes, plain yogurt ALWAYS for me...just a few spoonfuls in the morning to set me straight for the day! :-) There are the aspartame-sweetened yogurts with no added sugar, but who needs chemicals?

    Oh and why do food products need so much sugar? Because the food industry KNOWS full well how addictive food can be when you bump up the Sugar, Salt & Fat:

    Without those sky-high quanitites of Sugar, Salt & Fat, their food products wouldn't sell anywhere NEAR as well!

    1789 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/30/2013 8:26:25 AM
  • JLITT62
    Even plain yogurt tends to have a lot of sugar because lactose is a sugar. I don't eat much yogurt, but when I do it has less than 10 gm init.

    Sugar lurks in a lot of surprising things!
    1789 days ago
    I knew it had a lot of sugar and so I gave up those desert-like yogurts and switched to Greek.

    I hadn't actually thought about the amount of teaspoons on my cereal or in my tea, though.


    You are right. I have NEVER in my life used that much sugar on anything...except icing on a cake.

    Thank you for this blog. It really is an eye-opener.

    1789 days ago
    I'm a Greek yoghurt fan. As a treat I'll have it with layers of banana. blueberries and a tsp or two of brown sugar layered in between. If you make it the night before then the brown sugar caramelises.

    It's great as a substitute for sour cream too!
    1789 days ago
    Thank you for sharing, I had no idea!!
    1789 days ago
    wow! i'm so glad you shared this; i've been having a low fat yoghurt for breakfast each morning recently and i know the calories but don't understand the sugar calculations part - going to check that out in a minute to see if i can follow it; how scary though. I just don't understand why things need so much sugar either!
    1789 days ago
    that is why i try to read labels and not read into hype. i also pick plain varieties that have no sugar added. i can add spices or fruit to add variation.
    1789 days ago
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