Consumer watchdog Choice says that yoghurt products that are often marketed as healthy, low fat and calcium rich are more akin to desserts than healthy breakfast options.
Investigative journalist at Choice, Kate Browne says that packaged breakfast pots, particularly yoghurts with muesli, are often laden with high kilojoule and sugar levels, and have a tendency to list confusing serving sizes.
Browne says that products such as Bulla Yoghurt Crunch Summer Berry, which offers yoghurt and muesli in a pot with a spoon is clearly intended to be eaten on the go, however, the small print indicates that one pot actually holds 2.25 serves.
“The average person is probably going to eat the whole pot, meaning they’ll consume 1339kJ and a whopping 42g of sugars. People may be surprised that this Bulla Yoghurt Crunch product has around the same number of kilojoules as a Magnum Almond, and over 50% more sugar,” Browne says.
“While sugar and kilojoule laden yoghurts do have the benefit of calcium, they are more of a dessert treat.”
Within the same category, Choice found Ski Double Up (with muesli) to contain five teaspoons of sugar per pot and Vaalia Breakfast To Go (with muesli) to contain four teaspoons of sugar per pot. In contrast the watchdog found Chobani’s plain Greek-style yoghurt low fat to contain less than one teaspoon of sugar.
Choice also examined a number of dairy-based products marketed towards children including YoGo Mix Choc Chips, which they found to contain no yoghurt but 1090kJ and 29.9g sugar per 150g pot. Choice says that this product sits in the same section as 140g Vaalia Kids Strawberry yoghurt which has around half the kilojoules and sugar.