The average American consumes three pounds of added sugar each week. That’s 156 pounds per year. (You don't want to know what that's doing to your weight loss goals.) If you’re a Yoplait Original eater, your daily dairy habit means you consume more than 20 of those pounds—or the average weight of two-year-old child—from your yogurt alone. There’s no way to sugarcoat that.
Time and time again, the sugar-laden containers have topped our “Not That” list (claiming a whopping three "Not That!" awards in our most recent Eat This, Not That! 2015 edition), so when we heard that—starting next month—General Mills will roll out a reformulated Yoplait recipe that cuts the sugar in each container by almost 30 percent, our interest was piqued.
After diving deeper into the nutritional data, this yogurt is still a no-go. Although the change will trim the calories in the yogurt from 170 to 150 and bump up the protein, the reformulated recipe is still a sugar-laden diet disaster. According to Susan Pitt, the marketing manager for Yoplait, the new and not-so-improved Yoplait Original will have 18 grams of sugar, which is still over 4 teaspoons of the sweet stuff in each tiny pot.
The American Heart Association recommends limiting daily added sugars to no more than 30 grams (six teaspoons) for women and 45 grams (nine teaspoons) for men. If you don’t want to blow up to 60 percent of your sugar allowance before noon, we still suggest skipping the Yoplait.