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How good is plain yogurt is you sweeten it yourself with various fruits or artifical sweeteners or non-sugar fake maple syrup? I am trying to watch my simple sugar intake. What are some ideas? Or are there any good lower fat less sugar yogurts out there that taste good? Thanks,Richie

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  1. What are some ideas? Find locally made (also expensive) "natural yogurt". Or, eat cottage cheese. Or eat plain yogurt and eat a piece of fruit. Or use plain yogurt in a smoothie.

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    1. re: Alan408

      I have been flavoring plain yogurt myself for a while and now find the sweetened versions unbearably sweet. This is particularly important for me because I am trying to limit my kids' sugar intake. Sometimes I make my own yogurt, which is very easy and much less expensive.

      Here are some add-ins we like:
      * jam or preserves, any flavor
      * Trader Joe's pumpkin butter
      * applesauce
      * TJ's frozen mango, diced small and defrosted
      * any frozen berries, defrosted (they collapse when they defrost and leak their juices into the yogurt)
      * a dribble of maple syrup or honey
      * a pinch of instant coffee powder and a little sugar

      That should get you started.

    2. I find the Hood brand Carb Countdown Yogurts quite palatable. They are low fat and low on sugars. I also keep Stonyfield Plain Whole Milk Yogurt on hand. That can be mixed with no sugar added preserves or adda bit of Splenda and fresh or frozen fruit of your choice. Watch some of the frozen because some produces do add some sugar to help preserve fruit when processing.

      1. I buy stonyfield farm organic lowfat yogurt, take two cups of frozen fruit, a tsp or two of raw sugar (I'd stay away from Splenda if you care about your liver or kidneys - can a chlorinated sugar REALLY be good for you?) pop it in the microwave for a few minutes until thawed, and mix with one cup of plain, lowfat yogurt. Good stuff. You could obviously do the same thing with fresh fruit of any type. I love using fresh strawberries and blueberries together.

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        1. re: KrissyWats

          Is raw sugar better for you than processed white sugar?

          1. re: Richie

            I have some insulin issues and have had to rework how I eat sugars. Raw sugar processes differently and more slowly in the body than refined sugar which will spike your insulin more quickly. Neither of them is GREAT, but with the raw, you're eating it the way 'nature intended', rather than processed. I typically use raw sugar, maple syrup or honey and I've noticed a difference in my ability to lose weight and in how I feel. (switching to whole wheats, grains, and legumes helped as well, slows down the process and my insulin doesn't spike).

            I'm trying Whey Low, as well, which is a combination of three natural sugars that the body doesn't absorb like refined sugar. No chemicals involved like in other sugar replacements. Cooks like regular sugar, too.

        2. How low do you want to go? I won't use artificial sweeteners but find a spoonful of good honey is all I need to take the "edge" off plain yogurt.

          I am addicted to frozen unsweetened strawberries blended with yogurt in a food processor, with just a teaspoon or two of honey.

          Substitute frozen bananas, which are sweeter, and use even less honey.

          What about savory additions, like cucumber-onion-mint?

          Or doogh, a popular Middle Eastern yogurt drink, using seltzer and salt?
          1 cup yogurt
          2-3 cups fizzy water (can use mineral water)
          1 tsp mint
          1 tsp pennyroyal (optional)
          black pepper
          Stir gently in a pitcher, let sit for an hour or more, pour and drink. Very nice with spicy foods.

          Or mango lassi? Fresh or frozen mango, blended with plain yogurt and ice, sweeten with just a teaspoon of honey.

          1. Is raw sugar better for you than white sugar?

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            1. re: Richie

              I don't think any sugar is "good for you" but raw sugar has a nice flavor.

            2. I like the tanginess of yogurt more than the sweetness, and I find even the Brown Cow "maple-syrup-sweetened" flavored yogurts to be unbearably sweet.

              I usually eat the Brown Cow plain yogurt with rolled oats or a grape-nuts-type cereal, and add fresh fruit if we have it...Pears lately, or blueberry jam. In the summer, peaches and plums.

              I go for whole milk, but I'll bet Brown Cow low-fat and nonfat are pretty good too. Their plain yogurt is much rounder and creamier than many I've tried, and it takes wonderfully to fresh fruit or jams.

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              1. re: patrick

                >>I go for whole milk, but I'll bet Brown Cow low-fat and nonfat are pretty good too.<<

                They are.

              2. Do you mean you're trying to reduce your refined sugar intake? Otherwise if you are trying to reduce your simple sugar intake, yoghurt is not the way to go, nor fruit, nor honey.

                Simple sugar is not just sucrose (cane and beet sugars, most commonly), but fructose, lactose, galactose, those last two of dairy origin, fructose in fruits, some veggies, and honey. Fruit can also contain sucrose.

                Some fruits are relativly low in fructose, such as strawberries, cherries, raspberries, pears, peaches, melon, etc. Try these in your yoghurt as a sweetner if you're trying ONLY to help minimize rapid blood sugar increases brought on by refined sugars; then cutting out/down on sucrose will help considerably.

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                1. re: ab

                  yes,I would liek to reduce refined sugar intake. I don't mind eating fruits but would like to try and stay away from white sugar.

                2. Plain yogurt with cut up oranges is quite good, although again, it depends what kind of sugar you are concerned about. Most of the "light" yogurts have a strange consistency and aftertaste.

                  1. I can't beleive I get to be the first one to say TOTAL GREEK YOGURT!!! It's fantastic. Expensive and hard to find, but fantastic.

                    If you get the 2%, it is so rich and creamy that you can eat it plain, no sugar. It's still low fat, as well as very high protein and low calorie. The 0% tastes fine to me if I put a touch of honey with it. The full fat scares me and I have never tried it. I don't want to know how good it is!

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                    1. re: danna

                      The full fat is delicious, it's the only kind I eat. Total also has a small kit that comes with a separate container of honey. Sprinkle with some pistachios or other nuts and oooh! Nummy. Trader Joe's carries Total.

                    2. I love total yogurt mixed with a little splenda and then I mix in a high protein, high fiber cereal like TJ's More & Less, or sometimes All-Bran or Fiber One.

                      I also like plain yogurt or cottage mixed with splenda, cinnamon, and vanilla... like a blintz filling, and if you add whtie or brown rice, it's a healthier rice pudding variation.

                      1. I particularly like Stoneyfield's non-fat plain yogurt (their non-fat vanilla, lemon, and key lime are also good and not oversweet). I cut up an apple into small pieces (prefer Galas), and mix it with the yogurt and a small amount of ground cinammon - or some cut up mangos or bananas (hold the cinnamon). It makes a quick and tasty breakfast.

                        1. I like the Brown Cow brand of organic plain nonfat yogurt. The texture is very creamy. I usually just flavor it with berries - rasberries, blackberries or blueberries and a banana. At this point, I have been eating the plain nonfat yogurt so long that the sweetened versions taste way too sweet to me now.