A Rant About Yogurt, in Defense of Ice Cream

WARNING: Don’t read this post if you’re particularly sensitive to snark or about yogurt.

Growing up, my mother always told me that one of the hardest things to forgive is a lie. It’s one thing to mess up, but it’s another to lie about it.

Fruit-flavored yogurt has been lying to us all.

You see it on breakfast menus across the nation under “the lighter side” or something else that leads you to believe you’re being more health-conscious than the guy scarfing down buttermilk pancakes next to you. Yogurt is often touted as a healthy snack option, while ice cream is a treat. So for one thing, people are led to eat away, thinking they’re doing their bodies good. The other people think should be consumed in moderation because it’s a sugary dessert. One is marketed as part of a well-balanced breakfast. One is reduced to an after-dinner indulgence.

Meanwhile, a popular brand of strawberry ice cream has 14 grams of sugar. Strawberry yogurt? 16. (And that’s just one brand)

I know sugar is not the devil and public enemy number one, but it is an important note to look into when making wise food choices. Yogurt isn’t even all that bad, either. And no, I’m not saying that ice cream is “healthier” than flavored yogurt. What I’m saying is this: they’re both high-sugar treats. One is no better than the other. So, if it were up to me, I’d go with the ice cream!

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