What’s in your Pot? The Great Sugar Debate

Monday 26th March 2018

For those of you who’ve asked about the amount of sugar in our yogurts following the recent launch of Action on Sugar, we hope this helps answer your questions…

Here at Yeo Valley, we love selling plain and natural dairy products; in fact we sell more British organic milk and natural yogurt than anyone else! These yogurts, like all milk products, contain lactose which is a naturally occurring sugar.

Over 2 million people enjoy our natural yogurt every year but there are of course some that find our natural range a little bit plain or just don’t have the time to mix it with fresh fruit. That’s why we also make fruited yogurt, that’s sweetened to taste but using only unrefined organic sugar. We never use artificial flavourings, additives or artificial sweeteners – that’s just not what being organic is all about.

Some of the recent reports talked about our 0% Fat Vanilla Yogurt and the amount of sugar in it. When we make our 0% Fat yogurt, we add milk solids into the recipe which allows us to maintain the thick and creamy texture whilst reducing the fat content. As milk solids also contain lactose, (the natural sugar mentioned above), the overall sugar content in the 0% Fat range is a little higher than the full fat equivalent. The fruited Yeo Valley 0% Fat range includes a small amount of added unrefined organic sugar to support the naturally occurring sugars (lactose and fructose) which together help to boost the flavour and taste.

We welcome the Action on Sugar campaign and are sensitive to the use of added sugar when we develop our fruited recipes. We hope this helps you understand what’s in your pot of Yeo Valley yogurt and clarifies our position on sugar – if not, let us know.

Comments on “What’s in your Pot? The Great Sugar Debate”

  • The vanilla yoghurt 0% has so much sugar in – 14g per 100 ml, which is over that recommended (10g maximum). Why is it so high? I don’t think it needs to be that high. You could probably do with about 5/6g of sugar less and I’m sure it would taste even better – all I can taste is sugar and it’s so bad for teeth. My fault for not looking at the sugar content before buying but I won’t be buying again because of this. Why not do a lower sugar range or lower sugar option and see how it goes!

    Danielle on 14th July 2022 at 8:16 am

  • I found this article really helpful. My beautiful little puppy has had a really upset tummy and the vet suggested I try giving her a probiotic plain yoghurt. Some yog hurts container added sweeteners one of which is toxic to dogs. I am pleased to say after doing my research I settled for your, plain organic natural yoghurt. I have started giving her a spoonful every day and things seem to be improving.

    Jackie on 23rd March 2019 at 7:58 am

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