One of my favorite Upworthy videos shows health foodies Michael Pollan and Michael Moss cruising the aisles of a supermarket and analyzing which foods are best and worst. What they find in the yogurt section is shocking. Many of the so-called healthy yogurt products are filled with sugar. After picking up a popular probiotic yogurt and reading the label, one of the Michaels turns to the other and says, "This has more sugar in it than Coca-Cola."
Being a life-long nutrition label reader, that didn't surprise me at all. What does surprise me is how many well meaning people at work and elsewhere assume they are eating healthy when they eat yogurt. Even worse, they sometimes add granola or other healthy sounding food and compound the mistake.
Of course, you can buy unsweetened yogurt and add your own blueberries or chopped fruit. But either many people don't know this, or they prefer the convenience of pre-added fruit.
Toward the end of the video, one of the Michaels says a yogurt manufacturer confided to him if they don't add as much sugar to their products as their competitors, they lose market share.
How sweet it isn't.
The point is, many foods have unfounded reputations. Muffins are just cake masquerading as breakfast food. Would you eat a piece of chocolate cake for breakfast? Okay, maybe you would. But at least you would know you were going to the dark side.
Like those people who wear glasses to look more intelligent, many yogurts have become little more than pudding with a superiority complex. So just buy the unsweetened and add your own fruit.
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