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BUBBLEJ1
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7/28/12 1:10 A

Label reading is your best bet. If you are concerned about added sugar but don't want tangy yogurt you could always buy the plain, no sugar type and add your own sugar to taste. This is what I do, and I add about half as much as the yogurt company does.



CASSIECAT
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7/28/12 12:47 A

I'm reasonably certain that Fage 0% has no added sugar.
I've never seen a flavored Greek yogurt that didn't have added sugar.
Your best bet is probably to browse the yogurts available in your store(s) and see what suits your preferences and meets whatever criteria you have.



BRITOMART
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7/23/12 2:07 P

I guess what you are seeing is that people who are concerned about the sugar in their Greek yogurt stay away from pre-mixed varieties and do their own. sorry if that's not the information you wanted, but it's what's available! I'm with the majority: I couldn't find a variety with the fruiit or flavors added that didn't include stuff I don't want--too much sugar, or 'fake' fiber boosters--so I go with plain and fix my own.

For "data, please," you can always google the brands you are considering. Most companies post their nutritional data. Otherwise, label browsing (with a notebook) is always an option.

Edited by: BRITOMART at: 7/23/2012 (14:08)


JAYDEE16
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7/23/12 2:02 P

Data, collected from personal experience: I am a compulsive label reader, and have spent a lot of time lingering in the yogurt aisle of the grocery store. I live in an area that doesn't have the greatest selection of such things, so I may not have had an opportunity to examine all of them, but I have never found a flavored yogurt, greek or otherwise, with less added sugar that Chobani's vanilla and lemon flavors. For a while those are the only two I would eat, but eventually I phased those out as well. I don't like artificial sweeteners and they make me feel ill, so that wasn't an option for me.

Conclusion: I gave up on flavored yogurts.

There is a Sparkpeople article re: yogurt that you may find helpful, or perhaps simply doing a Google search might help answer your question.



TAOZEN
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7/18/12 4:20 P

Just get some plain greek yogurt and add some stevia, honey or agave nector. Just measure it to make sure you do not add too much. You then con add other good stuff to it like what has been suggested below.



RHETORDAYNA
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7/18/12 2:57 P

Thanks, but I am not looking for recipes or personal preferences. I am looking for brands/ flavors and added sugar counts for those brands and flavors. I need data, please.



EAWESTON1
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7/18/12 12:47 P

I add 2 packets of Splenda to 6 oz of Fage Total 0% Greek Yogurt and then some fruit. If you heat the fruit up a bit, it also releases more of the juices making it even sweeter.



JAYDEE16
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7/18/12 11:54 A

I had the same issue with sweetened/flavored yogurts. I just couldn't justify the extra calories and sugar. I usually eat plain nonfat Fage (which I find MUCH better tasting than Chobani, which is runny and bitter by comparison).

For breakfast, I mix 4 oz of Fage with fruit, usually fresh berries, and an ounce of almonds. As a snack, I sometimes mix 4 oz with a tablespoon of apple butter and top it with cinnamon. It's a lot less added sugar (depending on the brand of apple butter), and it's very tasty. If you are used to the VERY sweet taste of pre-sweetened or flavored yogurt, it might take time to get used to it.



SKANE0
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7/18/12 10:13 A

I actually enjoy the tanginess of plain yogurt, but if you don't, I find that adding just a couple drops (not a lot) of vanilla extract along with some fresh fruit brings out the natural sweetness even more than just adding fruit alone.



JEANNEBOYD1
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7/18/12 9:04 A

I also buy plain yogurt and add my own fruit.



VHALKYRIE
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7/18/12 8:25 A

I make my own yogurt with no added sugar needed. It's easy, and more delicious!



GRANDMABABA
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7/17/12 10:31 P

I love plain Greek yogurt with some cinnamon.



RHETORDAYNA
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7/17/12 9:04 P

Dietitian Becky
It was a six ounce serving.



DIETITIANBECKY
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7/17/12 8:20 P

4 grams of sugar = 1 teaspoon sugar
So the yogurt with 6 grams = 1 1/2 teaspoons. Is this for a 4, 6, or 8 ounce serving???

If you really want to cut out the added sugar, you will need to go with plain and then add the artificial sweetener of your choice + any fruit, etc.

Dietitian Becky



CORTNEY-LEE
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7/17/12 7:18 P

My RD told me not to worry about it. She explained that the good outweigh the bad.



CASSIECAT
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7/17/12 7:17 P

I buy plain Fage and add stevia to it, along with fruit and flax seed.



SNORTH100
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7/17/12 7:04 P

I eat plain greek yogurt and add my own fruit. No sugar needed as the fruit makes it plenty sweet.



MASPINNER1
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7/17/12 6:33 P

Have you ever tried plain greek yogurt with some fruit added and a few drops of liquid stevia extract? The stevia gives sweetness and the natural sugars of the fruit hide the sometimes bitter taste of the stevia. I imagine you could add a bit of vanilla extract as well. Give it a try - I think it is yummy and it certainly slashes the sugar.



KYLAR_STERN
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7/17/12 3:58 P

I don't know the answer to this, but I am curious as well. I don't like the plain greek yogurt unfotunately (even with blueberries or other stuff added in) so any suggestions also pertaining to the fruity ones would be nice as well



RHETORDAYNA
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7/17/12 3:47 P

I understand all milk products will have some sugar in it, but which nonfat Greek yogurt brands and flavors have the least *added* sugar? My Chobani vanilla has added six grams of sugar via evaporated cane juice on top of the seven naturally occurring grams of sugar.
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Edited by: RHETORDAYNA at: 7/17/2012 (16:14)


 
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