Posted: Apr 9, 2013
Awhile back, I posted on Greek yogurt and how your best bet was unflavoured or natural as the flavoured varieties contained, on average 10g of added sugar (2.5 teaspoons worth). To put that into perspective, woman should limit their intake of added sugars to no more than 6 teaspoons/day and men 9 teaspoons/day. Too much added sugar in the diet has been linked to heart disease and cancer.
And while I still think it's best to use the plain variety and sweeten it with added fruit, I was happy to see that there are now no added sugar flavoured varieties on the market. Currently, there are two brands that serve 100g sizes: Source and Silhouette. I suspect that we will see more become available, shortly. I tried the Silhouette brand and it was very good. Rich, creamy and filling with 8 grams of protein per 100g serving (compared to 3-4g protein in traditional-style yogurt). There are 4g of sugar, but it is from the fruit and lactose in the yogurt. All-in-all, this is a great product that I am comfortable suggesting to my clients. The only downside is the price: 4x100g will cost you in the $5.00-$7.00 range, though they did have 0.50-$1.50 off coupons next to the display.
Nutritional Information (per 100g serving Tropical Delight flavour)
Mark McGill, RD