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Many yoghurts are full of sugar and the public should not be lulled into thinking they are eating healthy products. /AGENCIES

Researchers from the University of Leeds examined 921 of the most popular yogurts and warn they are an "unrecognized source" of sugar.

Dr Moore explained that while yogurts contained their own naturally-occurring sugar - called lactose or milk sugar -current United Kingdom labelling laws do not require the declaration of added sugars on nutrition labels.

They looked at those marketed to children in particular. In general, consumers' liking for yogurt is often correlated with sweetness.

Yogurts marked as "desserts" contained the most sugar, with an average of 16.4 grams per 100 grams.

But when the researchers rechecked their data yesterday, to see if any of the worst performers had improved, they found only two of the worst-ten children's yogurts had reduced their sugar content. Tim Rycroft, of the Food and Drink Federation, said: 'Yogurts are a good source of vitamin D, calcium, and other micronutrients that contribute to a healthy diet. "I did not know that the yogurt I was giving my child had [so much] added sugar in it", Moore said in a statement to ABC News.

"In the United Kingdom, on average, children eat more yogurt than adults, with children under three years old eating the most".

Doctors say that the normal amount of sugar for a child for one day - 19 g.

Although yoghurt has always been considered a healthy food, experts warn that numerous products sold in supermarkets could contribute to child obesity, tooth decay and other health problems due to their high sugar content.


There is 10.6g of sugar per 100ml of Coca-Cola.

Yet, the halo effect of yogurt is powerful, and for Moore, this is perhaps the most significant implication of the study.

And organic varieties, often viewed as healthier options, contain some of the highest average sugar content, at 13.1g/100g, the findings show. But, with the exception of natural/Greek yogurts, the average sugar content of products in all the categories was well above the low sugar threshold.

In 2016 Public Health England (PHE) challenged the food industry to cut the sugar in various food products by 5% in the first year and 20% by 2020.

As a result, it fails to take into account the sugar reduction the industry has already achieved.

Even when opting for natural or homemade yogurts, it's important not to load it with toppings that can sabotage efforts to decrease your sugar intake. This may be why these products had higher amounts of added sugar to offset the sourness.

The team sorted the products into eight groups including desserts, organic yoghurt, natural or Greek yoghurt, dairy alternatives and yoghurts aimed at children, including fromage frais.

Most dairy products contain a naturally occurring sugar - lactose - that is included in the total sugar count.

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