A yoghurt investigation by consumer watchdog CHOICE has found many brands that market themnselves as low fat, healthy and calcium-rich are actually no better than a dairy-based dessert. Some breakfast yoghurts contains as much as eight teaspoons of sugar and over 1300 kilojoules of energy.
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CHOICE analysed the nutritional information of a range of yoghurt products marketed at both children and adults. It discovered that so-called "healthy" yoghurts often contain a worrying amount of sugars, with unrealistic serving sizes used to mask the full amount.
The worst offender in the investigation was Bulla Yoghurt Crunch Summer Berry, which packed in 1339kJ of energy and 42g of sugars. This is 50 per cent more sugar than a Magnum Almond ice cream.
Somewhat sneakily, the same product's nutritional label claimed to contain 2.25 serves per pot; despite the fact that it has a peel-off lid and is clearly intended to be eaten on-the-go.
”Serving sizes can be confusing and you often have to resort to the fine print in a bid to work out if you’re consuming more kilojoules and sugar than you bargained for," CHOICE warned in a statement.
"Packaged breakfast pots, particularly yoghurts with muesli, can be an easy option on-the-go, but the convenience can come at the cost of high kilojoule and sugar levels."
According to CHOICE, health-conscious consumers should stick to 200g tubs of low- or no-fat plain yoghurt, with fresh fruit or a teaspoon of honey for sweetness. Kilojoules should also be calculated per 100g, rather than the alleged serving size.