We start them young these days. On sugar that is. My father who grew up on a farm in southern Georgia, talked often about how crying babies were given a “sugar tit” to quiet them down. A sugar tit was a teaspoon of sugar wrapped around a clean cloth that the baby would suck on like a pacifier. Today, we don’t let the sugar sit in the mouths of babes like that, but we sure do whet their sugar appetite and keep it growing right to adulthood. And what a more wholesome way to disguise it than by adding it to wholesome yogurt fortified with lactic acid bacteria, lactobacillus bulgarius and Streptococcus thermophilus. That sweet tooth gets started before Charlie can even bite.
Give Yo Baby Some Sugar
So you’re thinking that this yogurt must be good because it’s organic. But take a look at Stonyfield’s yogurt and the second ingredient in both Yobaby and Yokids, is organic cane sugar. At least we know there are no pesticides or fertilizers in that sugar, but boy are we starting to fertilize those young taste buds early. And look how our lil’ pum’kin is getting 9 gms of added sugar, but by the time he’s a year old, he’s advanced to a full 13 gms of yummy sugar. Stonyfield couldn’t just sweeten the yogurt with fruit puree. Nope, our little darlings need to get the full sugar experience by adding even more sugar from cane sugar than from the fruit puree. Maybe that sugar is not sitting in the mouth, but it sure is going to add empty calories to the gut.
No More Than 10 % Of Calories From Added Sugars
The 2015 dietary guidelines recommend that no more than 10% of our daily calories come from added sugar. With the average 50-year-old, moderately active male eating the recommended 2400 calories, and female 2000 calories, that’s 240 calories and 200 calories respectively coming from sugar. Since there are 4 calories in a gram of sugar, that means a daily limit of 60 gms of sugar for a man in this case, and 50 gms for this woman. This YoCrunch yogurt to the right gets a woman nearly half way there with its 24 gms of added sugar. And by the way, notice the partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil added to it to make it ohhh, so smooth. That’s one of those nasty artery clogging transfats that is highly recommended to avoid. Be aware that any label is permitted to have up to .5 gms of trans fat and put zero on the label. So now, not only do you get sugar in your belly, but you get bad fat coating your arteries.
Satisfy the Sweet Tooth Differently
There is a way to satisfy your sweet tooth when eating yogurt and not get all the added sugar. It doesn’t have a glitzy name, but it puts you in control of your sweet tooth. Start with plain fat-free Greek yogurt, which is higher in the fullness factor protein, and add your own fruit. Add the crunch by adding Grape-Nuts, which are whole grain and deliver the other fullness factor, fiber- 7 gms in 1/2 cup.
Life Is All About Expectations
Why start your child learning to love a manufactured sugar tit? And why not wean your taste buds of concentrated sweetness. Truthfully, that pure sugar in the cloth is really no different from the sugar that’s added to so much food, clandestinely shrouded by convincing terms like “organic”(like that means it must be healthy), gluten-free (which are even on some labels as a gimmick, when the food naturally wouldn’t contain gluten), or “all natural” (yeah, sugar does come from nature). When taste buds are pacified by sugar, no wonder no one wants to eat a vegetable – unless it’s some fried potato topped with sugary ketchup. And as adults, why can’t we control the sweetness in our foods and eat more fruit, which is not considered an added sugar? Fruit is nature’s sugar tit, no glitz or glamour, just pure natural sweetness with no misleading, seductive advertising. Now that’s how I like to satisfy my sweet tooth.