In episode 82 of his video series, Dr. Larson discusses:
A recent study published in the British Medical Journal evaluated over 900 different yogurts and grouped them into various categories. The two categories of interest were those that are marketed to children and those that are marketed as “organic”.
Yogurts are being marketed to children that have approximately 13.1 grams of sugar, and although it isn’t as bad as soda and fruit drinks, it is a close second. DR. CHAD LARSON
What the researchers found was that, on average, 90% of all yogurts have 13.1 grams of sugar per 100 grams of yogurt. That equals about three teaspoons of sugar. The body only requires about a teaspoon and a half a day total to support all the cells in the body. Since the body is well adapted to find sources of sugar to maintain healthy levels of glucose and glycogen, you don’t have to consume sugar.
Any amount of sugar that you ingest is going to be a spillover, and that leads to the liver turning it to fat. That is why there is an epidemic of obesity; we are spilling over sugar and refined carbohydrates that the body has to process. So, the body turns it into fat and stores it in the adipose cells. Currently, 80% of all adults are considered either overweight or obese, and the percentage is climbing for children.
Yogurts are being marketed to children that have approximately 13.1 grams of sugar, and although it isn’t as bad as soda and fruit drinks, it is a close second. Some yogurts are considered low sugar, having only 5 grams. But, what researchers found, is that low sugar yogurts total only 9% of all yogurts on the market. The dessert yogurt category has as many as 16.4 grams, and when encouraged to add fruit (which adds more sugar in the form of fructose), you can quickly see why obesity has reached epidemic proportions.
That is why it is imperative that you read labels and move beyond what marketers tell you. When things are marketed to children or as organic, that does not necessarily mean that they are right for you, or healthy. It is always a good idea to read labels instead of assuming that foods are higher quality or healthy, simply because of the way the manufacturer labels it.