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What's in your child's yoghurt?

a tub of red yoghurtChildren like yoghurts because of their fruity flavour, bright colours and smooth texture. They are easy to grab from the fridge and to pack in to a lunchbox. But are they healthy? How much sugar and fat is in them? There can be big differences.

Natural yoghurt is the best choice to avoid added sugar. Chop up some whole fruit to add sweetness. It’s better to go for lower fat options because most of the fat in yoghurt is saturated fat. It is usually lower in calories too.

Check before you choose

When choosing a fruit flavoured yoghurt go for ones with a lower fat and sugar content. You’ll be able to do this by looking at the label for the following: Nutrition label – go for the product with the least amount of sugar and fat. Ingredients list – look for added sugar ingredients– the most common sugar ingredients are sugar, sucrose, fructose and syrup.

traffic light nutritional labels

Green means low in that nutrient, and is the healthier choice.

Amber means medium.

Red means high.

 

a table showing the amount of calories, sugar and fat in kids yoghurt


a table showing the amount of calories, sugar and fat in kids fromage frais

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