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What’s in that Yogurt?

I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect yogurt for a long time. Despite being mildly lactose intolerant, the benefits of really good, natural yogurt far outweigh any mild tummy issues I may have. However, finding a really good for you yogurt in this day and age is tricky.

In the end, most if not all store bought yogurt are going to have some level of pasteurization and preservation. But many have far worse ingredients such as high sugar contents, artificial ingredients, chemical stabilizers, among other yucky things you don’t want anywhere near your body.

Check out the ingredient comparison of 3 yogurts (for purposes of equal comparison I’ve used my favorite flavor, blueberry):

Yoplait Light (Blueberry)

Cultured Pasteurized Grade A Non-Fat Fat Milk, Blueberries, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Modified Cornstarch, Whey Protein Concentrate, Kosher Gelatin, Natural Flavor, Tricalcium Phosphate, Citric Acid, *Aspartame, Potassium Sorbate added to maintain freshness, RED #40, Vitamin A Acetate, BLUE #1, Vitamin D3.

Chobani – Blueberry

Nonfat yogurt (cultured pasteurized nonfat milk. live and active cultures.), blueberries, evaporated cane juice, pectin, lucust beam gum, natural flavor.

Siggi’s Blueberry – Skyr

Skim Milk, Agave Nectar, Blueberries, Live Active, Cultures, Vegetable Rennet

Furthermore, the nutrition comparisons evidence the incredible amount of sugar in Yoplait and Chobani vs. Siggi. I threw in Yoplait Greek (plain) to my table below – as this is the line Yoplait would probably put up against the other two “greek” or high protein style yogurts. But with a whopping 20g of sugar, this is probably nothing like the Greeks intended!

Comparison of Blueberry yogurt – approx 6 oz container
  siggis yoplait_light yoplait_greek chobain
Calories 100 100 160 140
Fat 0 0 0 0
Protein 14 5 14 14
Cholesterol (mg) 0 <5 10 0
Sodium (mg) 60 85 100 65
Carbs 11 19 25 20
Sugars 9 14 20 20

But the best comparison is the taste test. Now this is personal preference, but if you line these yogurts up for your own taste test, for me this is where Siggi really takes the cake. In a head on comparison, you can just taste the sugar in the other yogurts. Plus the Skyr process creates an amazingly rich, creamy, and filling yogurt that suits as a meal.

Regardless of which becomes your favorite yogurt, just remember when shopping – for any food – read the labels. In the case of yogurt, it will behoove you to pay most attention to Sugar, and compare ingredients against each other.

Happy yogurt-ing!

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One comment on “What’s in that Yogurt?

  1. Vicki Bki
    September 19, 2011

    This is great! I love yogurt in the morning (it’s so easy and convenient), but have a hard time finding ones that aren’t packed with sugar. I’ll have to look for that Siggi’s next time I’m at the store!

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