“Not so much sugar,” say the pull-off labels that are wrapped around Siggi’s Icelandic Style Skyr yogurt containers.
We estimate that each (5.3 oz.) tub of Siggi’s flavored 0% and 2% yogurts has just 1½ teaspoons of added sugar. Compare that with the estimated 3 to 4 teaspoons that most companies add to their flavored yogurts (or the 5 or 6 teaspoons in most greeks that come with honey in a separate chamber).
Instead of a heavily sweetened dose of goopy fruit, Siggi’s offers just the honest-to-goodness flavor of pomegranate, passion fruit, blueberries, or other fruit. And a serving of Siggi’s has only about 100 calories (yet 14 grams of protein). It’s the closest you can get to mixing your own fruit into plain yogurt. Exception: Siggi’s 2% Coconut has 200 calories and 10 grams (half a day’s supply) of saturated fat.
Why all the sugar “estimates”? Because companies don’t have to disclose on their Nutrition Facts labels how many grams of sugar they’ve added and how many are naturally occurring in their milk or fruit ingredients.
Of course, “light” yogurts cut calories by replacing added sugars with (very sweet-tasting) artificial sweeteners. But acesulfame potassium and aspartame are poorly tested, and a new (still unpublished) mouse study suggests that sucralose (Splenda) may also be unsafe. Caution: Yoplait Greek 100 Calories is sweetened with sucralose and acesulfame potassium (in addition to sugar), but you wouldn’t know that without studying the ingredient list.
What to do? If unsweetened yogurt is too tart for your taste (even with added fruit), try adding Truvia, a natural sweetener that you can buy in packets or tubs. Or mix an unsweetened yogurt with a sweet one.
Or try Siggi’s. Yum.
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