Criminalizing sugars seems to be the mini-van-wagon of PTAs everywhere, but we should all have a quick lesson in reading nutrition labels. Besides the measure of sugar in grams on the Nutrition Facts label, take a look at the order of ingredients. When comparing two items side-by-side (like yogurts), make sure the serving size is the same. As the FDA lists, other names for sugar are: corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, fruit juice concentrate, maltose, dextrose, sucrose, honey and maple syrup. If any of these sugars are listed in the first few ingredients, you can bet it has a good amount of sugar, and it’s not coming from whole sources like pieces of fruit (save honey and maple syrup). Those “fruit-on-the-bottom” yogurts are a scam as they mostly add jelly, sugar and food coloring and call it a full serving of fruit. A solid piece of fruit to see, feel, smell, taste, eat and subsequently also allows a fuller feeling than puree at the bottom of a yogurt container. Plain yogurt is the way to go! You control the amount of sweetener and the source. Better yet, make your own yogurt! It’s easy. Recipe and process to be posted soon.