Which yoghurt is healthiest? A yoghurt review.


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Never has a social media post got so much attention as the mere mention of a yoghurt review last week. What this suggests to me is that there is not only interest in the ‘best’ commercial products, but we are looking for healthier options in general. There are literally hundreds of yoghurts available in supermarkets, and the tiny labels on the back, along with differing serving sizes makes it almost impossible to determine which is the ‘best’ or ‘better’ choice.

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The biggest difference between yoghurts is that there is an emerging range of Greek style yoghurts, along with a reduction in ‘diet’ yoghurts that have traditionally used sweetener to lower their kJ and sugar content. As a general rule of thumb, Greek style yoghurts are higher in protein, thanks to the straining process which sees excess whey removed, and results in thicker, stronger tasting yoghurt. Nutritionally this results in a better product and is also putting pressure on yoghurt producers to lighten the carb and sugar content of all yoghurts in general.

Overall, the results from this review are unlikely to surprise you, but it is always nice to see the numbers summarised, which is also likely to make a trip to the yoghurt section of the supermarket a lot quicker.  So let’s take a look at which yoghurt is healthiest.

All nutritionals are based per 100g.

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Black Swan Vanilla Bean Greek Style Natural Yoghurt

410kJ / 7.7g protein / 13g carbs/ 6.5g sugars / 1.5g fat / 233mg calcium

With No Added Sugar, probiotics, lactose free and a massive 230mg calcium per serve Black Swan is a great choice in yoghurt. The protein content of Black Swan is a little lower than some other Greek style yoghurts but apart from that, it is still a very strong product nutritionally.

Dairy Farmers Thick & Creamy Blueberry Fields

620kJ/ 3.6g protein / 14.5g carbs/ 14,2g sugars / 8.5g fat / 131mg calcium

Available in both full fat and low fat varieties, Light and Creamy was a good yoghurt when it was first released but has now being superseded by a number of high protein, low sugar varieties of yoghurt.

Activia

370kJ / 4.9g protein / 13.5g carbs / 13.1g sugars / 1.5g fat / 180mg calcium

Marketed for the digestive benefits it offers thanks to its added probiotics, Activia still contains added sugars and it remains much lower in protein and higher in carbs than Greek style yoghurts available that still offer the benefits of probiotics.

five:am Organic Yoghurt Blueberry

353kJ / 4.7g protein / 12.9g carbs/ 12.6g sugars / 1.9g fat / 103mg calcium

I want to love this Aussie Organic yoghurt but it remains relatively high in added sugars and low in protein for it to sit on my favourites. A small serving size and great flavour though does boost its credibility for active people.

Evia Yoghurt

426kJ / 9.8g protein / 14.1g carbs / 11.5g sugars / 0.5g fat /? calcium 

There is a wide range to this brand, and some varieties are very strong nutritionally. The Greek style base mean that it is much higher in protein than regular yoghurt but the added sugar, which bumps up its carb content does take away from its credibility.

Chobani Plain 0% Greek Yoghurt

251kJ / 10.2g protein / 4.2g carbs / 3.8g sugars / 0g fat  / 114mg calcium

With just a couple of ingredients, almost 0 sugars and 10+g of protein per 100g, you cannot go wrong with the US’s No 1 yoghurt. Despite media reports, Chobani manufacturers here in Australia meaning than unlike US Chobani, this yoghurt is free from GMO’s. The only issue is that its strong flavour often sees individuals adding sugar (which kind of defeats the purpose) so to keep the + nutritional attributes, use vanilla or cinnamon to sweeten instead.

Vaalia Luscious Berries

389kJ  / 4.5g protein / 15.1g carbs / 14.8g sugars / 1.3g fat / 140mg calcium

One of the few lactose free yoghurts on the market and whilst it offers probiotics, it also contains added sugar and is relatively low in protein compared to natural or Greek yoghurt.

Danone Greek Yoghurt Blueberry

559kJ / 3g protein / 14.5g carbs / 14.0g sugars / 7g fat  / 130mg calcium

Thick tasty, full fat yoghurt but unless the nutritionals are incorrect, is very low in protein to be considered great Greek yoghurt.

Chobani Strawberry 0% Greek Yoghurt

348kJ  / 8.3g protein / 11.9g carbs / 11.1g sugars / 0g fat / 100mg calcium

Whilst the plain Chobani is a great choice, the fruit varieties still contain added sugars and for this reason are rated lower than that of some other yoghurt varieties.

Jalna Fat Free Natural Yoghurt

220kJ  / 5.3g protein / 7.4g carbs / 5.5g sugars / 0g fat / 170mg calcium

A calcium rich, Aussie favourite and a great alternative for those who do not like the taste of Greek yoghurt but whom also want a yoghurt low in sugars. A little light in protein so ideally teamed with some CHIA or protein powder to form a nutritionally balanced snack.

Gippsland  Dairy Blackberry & Pomegranate Fruit Yoghurt

614kJ / 5.3g protein / 18g carbs / 16.8g sugars / 5.8g fat / 153mg calcium

Another Aussie fav but one that is relatively high in added sugars and carbohydrates

COYO Natural Coconut Milk Yoghurt

901kJ  / 2.2g protein / 8.2g carbs / 7.4g sugars / 19.5g fat / ? calcium

Not really yoghurt given it is made from coconut milk but one which is gluten, dairy and soy free. Low in protein and total sugars, at $10 a tub and with 20g of fat per serve, there are few clients I could give this high energy product too on a regular basis without impacting their weight or cholesterol levels. A good option for vegans.

Jalna Berry Fruits Low Fat Creamy Yoghurt

446kJ / 5.3g protein / 10.8g carbs / 10.6g sugars / 4.5g fat / 170mg calcium

Relatively low in sugars for a fruit yoghurt and with no add sugar; this is my fruit yoghurt of choice if you do not like a Greek yoghurt. Also contains massive 170mg calcium per serve so great for women of all ages.

Barambah Organics All Natural Yoghurt

286kJ  / 4.7g protein / 4.7g carbs / 4.7g sugars / 3.4g fat / 170mg calcium

If I have a baby, this would be the yoghurt I would feed my own child. Contains only milk and probiotics and is low in everything except nutrition. Great teamed with fresh berries or fruit as a snack.

Tamar Valley Greek Yoghurt with Mixed Berry

283kJ / 5.5g protein / 7.4g carbs / 5.0g sugars / 1.6g fat / 179mg calcium 

The nutritionals of this yoghurt are strong, almost as strong as the Jalna fruit yoghurt BUT it contains sweetener, which I am not a fan of. But, if you do not mind a sweetener, this yoghurt is a good option nutritionally.

Barambah Organics Real Blueberry Yoghurt

288kJ  / 4.2g protein / 6.4g carbs / 6.4g sugars / 2.9g fat / 170mg calcium

Another Aussie gem which unlike the plain yoghurt does contain added sugar which bumps up its carb content slightly. Still nutritionally strong for fruit yoghurt and rated slightly lower than Jalna fruit yoghurt for this reason.

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*Berry was the general flavour chosen across yoghurts compared

**Yoghurts selected were easily sourced at a local Woolworth’s supermarket

***The author of this article is not affiliated with any of these products, nor was she paid by any of these companies for product review

See Susie’s review on milks here.

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14 Comments

  • Anne says:

    Really? You recommend Chobani and Black Swan? Really? I think you may need to do some proper research. Un-liking your page.

  • Anna says:

    Black Swan Vanilla Bean has been my go-to yoghurt recently and after reading the nutritional content I thought it seemed like a wise choice. Pleased to see I was along the right track!

    I’ve often thought its a bit cheeky of some of the companies to list on what I’d consider a single serve pottle that its actually 2 or 3 serving sizes. I almost got one once thinking 120 calories would be a great snack – when its actually 360 calories for the container – yikes! So important to read the nutritional label so you don’t get caught out!

  • Kathleen Strelnikow says:

    I was disappointed that you did not try Yoplus yoghurt. It is the creamiest low fat Yoghurt and quite delicious. No added flavours and sugars. Much nicer than Greek yoghurts and can be eaten by itself and reasonably priced at Woolworths.
    Regards Kathleen

  • Yasmine says:

    Hi Susie & Team, thank you for your recent reviews on kids snacks and yoghurts, so many people like me need help in making the right choices, it is so confusing checking nutritional labels and comparing them especially when you have a restless 2 year old in the trolley ! I generally want to get in and out as quick as possible :) Could you possibly do a review on the best breads ? I think rye and grains are best but find it hard to figure out is it white or wholemeal or rye with grains just by the label… If I simply knew which ones to grab it would be swell !!

  • Ignatius says:

    Another option if people can stand the plain chobani 0% is the plain chobani 2%. Admittedly not as easy to find but is available at certain Coles and Woolworths

  • Andrew MACKAY says:

    Love your segment on the Chris Smith Arvo show , very Informative keep up the good work

  • Ray says:

    Hi, how does yoplait Forme yoghurt compare?
    This one seems ok fat wise.

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  • Matt says:

    Greek style yoghurt and Greek yoghurt are two different types of yoghurt. Greek style does not have to be strained more than once and is usually thickened with gelatin whereas Greek yoghurt gets it’s thickness and other properties from being strained more than once . This is also  why Greek style yoghurt contains  less protein than true Greek yoghurt.

  • Emily Martin says:

    What an incredible and detailed review! Seriously helped me out ALOT! Keep up the fantastic work :)

  • julie says:

    Which yoghurts are made with australian fruit.
     

  • Si says:

    Great review. Chobani very high protein listing making it suoerior for those interested in upping this macro quotent

  • Helene says:

    I love the Black Swan vanilla bean but it is pricey. I discovered a yoghurt in Aldi which is great nutritionally, and I add vanilla seeds. Great flavour, good nutritionally, and considerably cheaper than any of these.

  • christine says:

    Need to know best yogurt to eat for restoring gut bacteria.

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