213406_7960Ollie and I went grocery shopping the other day. Just him and me. I told him he could pick out some things. Not “treats” for being good or just because – I wanted him to be part of the process of finding food for the week.

He wanted yogurt. I got him Dannon Oikos, one strawberry pack, one blueberry pack, which have about the fewest sugars of all the options I found (holler at me if you know of a lower one that does not use artificial sweeteners). He’s had a cup with every meal since we got them. He is a fiend. He scrapes the container for the very last bit. You know the milk mustache? I’ve been wiping off a yogurt ‘stach since yesterday. Immediate reaction: This brings my child so much joy and I’m a total jerk for not regularly buying yogurt. It’s JUST YOGURT.

Well, there is a pretty good reason.

I take issue with the marketing of yogurt as a healthy, wholesome  low-fat snack packed with fruit, calcium and probiotics. Talk about a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Your average fruit yogurt has as much if not more sugar in it than a candy bar (I’m talking 30+ grams of sugar – yikes!). I wouldn’t give my kids candy as a midday snack or a side to a meal.  That’s basically what we’re talking about.

Not trying to make yogurt out to be a sort of pariah of the food pyramid. Like candy or ice cream, it’s fine as a once-in-awhile treat or snack. Personally, I buy plain Greek yogurt and use it as a sour cream sub. It is great in dips, on tacos, etc. You can also make your own flavors using plain yogurt and adding in  fresh fruit and spices, and have control over the amount of sweeteners you use.

There is something novel (not to mention convenient), I suppose, about a single-serve, ready-to-eat cup of yogurt, and that’s why it’s so popular – and that’s why my son is obsessed with it. I just hope people will heed  the facts. As for me, for  30+ sugars, I will take a Snickers bar, please.


3 Responses to “Nogurt.”

  1. 1 preppygirlchopsfood1 February 24, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    I’ve been cutting out sugar myself, but just can’t seem to give up my Blueberry Dannon Oikos too. I call it my guilty pleasure. I need to find an alternative. 😦

    • 2 Erica B. February 24, 2014 at 9:46 pm

      We all have guilty pleasures and should enjoy them on occasion! There is Light & Fit Greek by Dannon with Splenda and Acesulfame K that are the lowest sugar if you are OK with artificial sweeteners.

      Chobani Greek Blueberry/Simply 100 has 8 sugars for 5.3 oz. Not bad at all. That’s what I just got Ollie today. I am also going to do some experimenting with plain Greek and fresh fruit and honey and see what I can come up with. I certainly don’t want to deprive him of something he loves. 🙂

    • 3 Erica B. February 25, 2014 at 4:52 pm

      I stand corrected. I got Ollie Chobani Greek with 18 sugars. The Simply 100 uses stevia.

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