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Flavored vs. Plain Greek Yogurt

Mary D.
on 2/8/12 5:04 am - Richmond, VA
I see a lot of people eating the flavored Greek yogurt and my bariatric nurse even mentioned it once when recommending snacks to post-ops.

I stay away from it because of the VERY high sugar content. Instead, I use the plain Greek yogurt and add Splenda, SF jam, or SF syrup. I have so many different syrups that I can have virtually any flavor I want without the added sugars.

Where do others stand on this topic? I'm curious. Thanks.

Mary D. 
Pre op: 260 lbs, 5'3"
Goal reached 14 months later: 130 lbs
Regain over next 3.5 years to a high of: 166 lbs
Current weight: 135.8 lbs and heading back to 130 lbs!!

AnneGG
on 2/8/12 5:09 am
I eat the Fage 0% flavored yogurts because they are not that high in calories, and they taste so good.

But I like your system- I do that sometimes.

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flyingwoman
on 2/8/12 5:14 am
I only use plain 0% greek yogurt. If I want something with flavour, I use the Source or Silhouette 100 ml. mini flavoured NSA ones.
macortiz
on 2/8/12 5:16 am - Royal Oak, MI
The sugar content is milk sugar, aka lactose, which is different from refined sugar. You'll be fine with the Greek yogurts.

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Mary D.
on 2/8/12 5:22 am, edited 2/8/12 5:23 am - Richmond, VA
Macortiz, you mentioned the milk sugar. I'm pretty sure the flavored yogurts have a higher sugar content due to the flavoring and not just the milk sugar. That's why I've stayed away from them. I realize most dairy items have natural sugar due to the milk, but with the flavored Greek yogurts, the "flavored" part is not natural.

Mary D. 
Pre op: 260 lbs, 5'3"
Goal reached 14 months later: 130 lbs
Regain over next 3.5 years to a high of: 166 lbs
Current weight: 135.8 lbs and heading back to 130 lbs!!

poet_kelly
on 2/8/12 6:11 am - OH
the flavored ones do contain lactose, of course, but other sugars as well.  For instance, black cherry chobani contains evaporated cane juice - that's another name for sugar.  Oikos strawberry contains both sugar as well as lactose from the milk and fructose from the fruit.

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wvugal89
on 2/8/12 5:25 am - MD
RNY on 12/20/11 with
I actually eat the flavored ones and have had no problems with them and I am losing the weight. It has helped alot because I am on a strong antibiotic for a sinus infection and have had no stomach issues at all.

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poet_kelly
on 2/8/12 6:06 am - OH
I use the plain also and flavor it myself.

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gbsinsatx
on 2/8/12 6:18 am - San Antonio, TX

I eat these with no problem: 

 

6 ounces Chobani Black Cherry 0% fat Greek yogurt: 140 calories, 14 grams protein, 21 grams sugar 

 

6 ounces Chobani Blueberry 0% fat Greek yogurt: 140 calories, 14 grams protein, 20 grams sugar

 

6 ounces Chobani Peach 0% fat Greek yogurt: 140 calories, 14 grams protein, 19 grams sugar 

 

6 ounces Chobani Pomegranate 0% fat Greek yogurt: 140 calories, 14 grams protein, 19 grams sugar 

 

6 ounces Chobani Strawberry 0% fat Greek yogurt: 140 calories, 14 grams protein, 19 grams sugar 

 

6 ounces Chobani Mango 2% fat Greek yogurt: 160 calories, 13 grams protein, 20 grams sugar

 

6 ounces Chobani Passion Fruit 2% fat Greek yogurt: 160 calories, 14 grams protein, 19 grams sugar 

 

6 ounces Chobani Pineapple 2% fat Greek yogurt: 160 calories, 13 grams protein, 18 grams sugar


Age at RNY: 55, Height: 5'3.5", Consultation Weight: 331-12/1/2009, Super Morbidly Obese BMI 56.8, RNY Surgery Weight: 281-3/22/2010, Goal Weight Reached: 141-6/23/2011, Lowest Weight: 126-12/11/2011

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on 2/8/12 6:20 am, edited 2/8/12 6:20 am
I'm with you on this... I only buy the plain and flavor it up myself.  It's also awesome to always have some on hand when you're cooking (I regularly substitute plain greek yogurt of sour cream in recipes) and I've found that when I add Splenda, SF French Vanilla syrup and a tablespoon of SF seedless blackberry preserves that it's the absolute best yogurt I've ever had...

Best thing?  I get the generic brand of plain greek yogurt from the Harris Teeter grovery store down here (NC)... cheap, often on sale (so even cheaper!) and really nice texture once stirred up!


tori
dianabelle12
on 2/8/12 6:22 am
Hi there:) I am 7 mos post-op i eat all the flavors of chabani yougurt and have never had a problem with any of them.Good luck!
            
Hillery82211
on 2/8/12 6:25 am - New Carrollton, MD
RNY on 08/22/11 with
I eat both the plain and the flavored....just depends on what my schedule is like for the day, if I'm going to have an intense gym workout or if I'm just plain lazy.  Some day's I just don't have the extra 3-5 minutes to flavor and repackage the plain yogurt into my individual serving containers.  I need the grab and go of the pre-flavored ones.

Mary is right though, both the Fage and the Chobani flavored yogurts have sugar....regular sugar (sucrose) added.  If you read the ingredient labels, Chobani's has "cane juice" listing in the ingredients of its fruit filling....that's SUGAR folks.  Fage has straight sugar listed as one of the ingredients of the fruit filling stuff.  While a majority of the sugar in the flavored yogurts is more than likely lactose, they DO contain regular sugar (sucrose).  I'm not saying don't eat it (because I do) but let's not pass out incorrect information. 
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Gypsyw0lf
on 2/8/12 6:50 am - Regina, Canada
 I prefer the plain for 2 reasons, one I flavor it with SF puddings, jams, or flavourings or throw in a few fruit (later down the road)  I also like it cause it's also savory, you can cook with it (makes for extra tender meats) or use it in place of sour cream.

I also don't care for the 'flavoured ones' they just don't taste really good to me, not like the non-greek kind so I just prefer my own flavours added to it 

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macortiz
on 2/8/12 7:07 am - Royal Oak, MI
Yogurt naturally has sugar in it because of the lactose in the milk used to make it. There's no way to get a sugar-free yogurt (maybe soy yogurt but I am fairly certain there's still naturally occuring sugar). There is yogurt that has no added sugar but it will still have about 10-15g of sugar in a container.

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sumueulu
on 2/8/12 7:16 am
I like the flavored Fage. The fruit is separate, so I only use like 1/2, or 1/4 of it and it's still delicious.
Brittany M.
on 2/8/12 7:54 am
I'll eat both flavored and unflavored.  I use the unflavored for cooking, ranch dip, and as a sour cream substitute.  When I get the fruit flavored ones, I only stir in a little of the sugary fruit.  I prefer to eat a little bit of actual sugar as opposed to a lot of artificial sweeteners (my preference). 
czelek
on 2/8/12 8:13 am - Cary, NC
I've eaten greek yogurt both ways - either me adding sf fruit spread, splenda, sf syrup or buying the flavored brands.  I read the labels and try to keep the sugar levels to 16 gr  or less.  My fav id Voskos Strawberry with 13 gr sugar per container.
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JerseyJim
on 2/8/12 8:22 am - Central, NJ
RNY on 05/23/11 with
Since about six months out, I have been eating a generic (Shoprite) fat free vanilla Greek yogurt. 130 cals, 15 gms protein, and 17 gms of sugar.  Before that, I used to use the plain Greek yogurt and use SF puddings and syrups and whatnot.  Since I switched over to the flavored, I haven't looked back.  I'll typically eat two of them with a 1/4 cup Ancient Grains granola mixed in.  One for breakfast, and one usually as a late night snack four hours after dinner.
HW: 381   SW: 360  CW: 190  GW: 185                
christinalee
on 2/8/12 9:51 am - At Home in, NH
Total creature of habit here. Only plain greek yogurt. Bit of splenda, some fruit or all-fruit jam and maybe (or maybe not) an 1/8 of cup of Bear Naked Peak Protein granola. It comes in at the same calorie, protein and sugar grams everytime I eat it and I don't have to search food databases for the different flavors, etc. I like some things just because they remain the same and are so simple...like I said, such a creature of habit am I.

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jenni93
on 2/8/12 10:49 am
I LOVE Chobani flavored Greek yogurt and have one almost every day with fresh blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries.  Since it's my afternoon "at work" snack, I like the convenience of having it ready to go, with no add-ins needed.  In addition, I do not like artificial sweeteners, both because of the taste and because of the chemicals.  I eat very little sugar (other than the natural sugars in fruit and milk), so it's my big treat for the day!
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