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Some Yogurts Have Almost As Much Sugar As Candy Bars

Ever scarfed down a tub of yogurt in the name of health, only to catch a glimpse at the nutrition facts and realize it contains as much sugar as your favorite candy? Rough.

I don't know about you, but I used to think that yogurt was a safe, no-questions-asked breakfast option; any tub would do. High in protein, super portable, perfect for breakfast parfaits of sundae proportions—what could possibly go wrong?

Well, a lot, considering everything researchers have learned about the harmful effects of sugar (like inflammation, lethargy, and an increased risk of developing chronic disease). Given their high sugar counts, half the yogurts in the dairy aisle can start to feel like they aren't much healthier than gummy bears.

Believe it or not, though, low-sugar yogurts that you'll actually want to eat do exist.

“First, whether you like low-fat, whole milk, Greek or Icelandic, any plain unflavored yogurt will contain zero added sugar," says dietitian Erin Coffield, RDN. You'll get some natural sugar, but nothing else. (Depending how much a plain yogurt is strained, it can contain anywhere from three to 13 grams of natural sugar, so don't be alarmed.)

And though plain yogurts make great bases for parfaits, life is too darn short to stick to the plain stuff all the time. When it's PSL season, go ahead and enjoy that limited edition pumpkin spice yogurt, says dietitian Elana Zelikovic, RD; just stick to yogurts with minimal ingredients and keep any added sugars as low as possible.

Check out these low (or at least lower) sugar yogurts in mind the next time you hit the dairy aisle.