Find out which thick and creamy yogurt is the best bet for your belly. Like the majority of Americans, Greek yogurt is also an immigrant and landed in the good old U.S. of A. The Mediterranean yogurt’s creamy, smooth, and slightly thick texture is comforting but indulgent. Its pleasantly sour and moderately sweet taste is intriguing yet familiar. And between the gut-friendly probiotics, healthy fats, and muscle-building protein, it boasts an impressive display of health benefits.
And it isn’t just a great replacement for your sugary cereal. Its ratio of protein to carbs makes it an ideal post-workout snack for repairing muscles and replenishing spent energy stores, while a full-fat carton is a primo appetite-stabilizing treat to quell those angry 3 p.m. hunger pangs. And did I
Did I mention it can help you lose weight?
Researchers have found that adding low-sugar, high-protein snacks to your daily ”diet” can help fuel weight loss efforts by boosting metabolism and minimizing hunger pangs.
Unfortunately, navigating the dairy aisle is no easy task. With tons of companies offering “authentic” yogurt lined up on your grocery store shelves, you may need a little help weeding out the good from the bad. That’s why we’ve rounded up the best (and worst) Greek ‘gurts—so you don’t have to stress or even read nutrition labels on your next grocery trip.
These yogurts are low in what makes the Mediterranean dairy product so helpful for burning fat—protein—and high in ingredients that really don’t deserve a place in these small containers.
Activia Greek Light, Vanilla
Nutrition: 5.3 oz, 80 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 55 mg sodium, 7 g carbs (0 g fiber, 6 g sugar), 13 g protein, 15% DV calcium, 15% DV vitamin D
It might be lower in calories and sugar, but don’t be fooled—this light yogurt doesn’t deserve a place in your fridge. Ironically, the yogurt that touts being supportive of digestion and a healthy gut chose to add artificial sweeteners to their recipe: sucralose and acesulfame potassium. Artificial sweeteners have been linked to altering our gut microbiome, which can result in worsened digestive issues.
Greek Gods Greek Yogurt Nonfat Plain
Nutrition: 6 oz, 100 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 135 mg sodium, 16 g carbs (2 g fiber, 14 g sugar), 9 g protein
The gods’ muscles were not built on this yogurt. This Greek-style yogurt not only has less protein than some others but also less protein than sugar. Which is odd considering this ‘gurt has no sugar added. That’s a deal breaker in the dairy aisle. And while the company claims that all milk used in its Greek yogurt production are not treated with rBST/rBGH growth hormones, the yogurts do include pectin and inulin, which are chemically engineered to improve taste, texture or nutrition profile but can lead to very uncomfortable digestive issues in some people. That’s a surefire way to undo the benefits of yogurt.
Yoplait Greek 0% Vanilla
Nutrition: 5.3 oz, 140 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 50 mg sodium, 22 g carbs (0 g fiber, 18 g sugar), 11 g protein, 10% DV calcium, 20% DV vitamin D
It may have no fat, but this artificially-sweetened yogurt (sucralose and acesulfame potassium) is surprisingly high in calories and low in calcium. It also adds sweetness with fructose, the sugar directly associated with fatty liver disease and metabolic diseases. Pass on this.
Zoi Greek Yogurt Vanilla
Nutrition: 6 oz, 160 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 90 mg sodium, 20 g carbs (0 g fiber, 17 g sugar), 8 g protein, 25% DV calcium, 30% DV vitamin D
For a Greek yogurt, this Zoi is unbelievable low in protein. What’s worse, the company actually had to add a milk protein concentrate to even get it to 8 grams! While we’re all for protein powders, they don’t seem necessary in the Greek yogurt where there should be enough naturally occurring.
Dannon Light & Fit Greek Nonfat Vanilla
Nutrition: 5.3 oz, 80 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 50 mg sodium, 9 g carbs (0 g fiber, 7 g sugar), 12 g protein
Ingredients I don’t like seeing in yogurt: artificial sweeteners, artificial flavors, modified corn starch, and fructose. And each is found in Dannon’s Light & Fit Greek yogurt. You can find a better ingredient list with the same number of calories later on in today’s post.
Yoplait Greek 100
Yoplait Greek 100, Vanilla, Nutrition: 5.3 oz, 100 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 55 mg sodium, 11 g carbs (0 g fiber, 7 g sugar), 13 g protein
Yoplait Greek 100 Whips!, Vanilla Cupcake, Nutrition: 5.3 oz, 100 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 50 mg sodium, 15 g carbs (0 g fiber, 12 g sugar), 9 g protein, 8% DV calcium, 20% DV vitamin D
As you can probably guess from the name, Yoplait’s Greek yogurt isn’t exactly authentic. But more than that, the high-sugar/low-protein combination will not have you powering through the day as you’d hope—and sadly, won’t help you stave off those mid-morning donut cravings.
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