I recently spent hours examining every yogurt label I could find to determine which yogurts have the least amount of sugar. I was focusing on toddler yogurts for this story for Kitchn about low-sugar yogurt brands, but it got me thinking about the yogurts I eat, too.
It was shocking, truly, to discover most yogurts have a ton of added sugar. I had frequently heard this was the case, but I assumed it was the “dessert” yogurts like strawberry cheesecake or cookies and cream. Not the classics like plain ol’ strawberry. Turns out, the brand I used to buy had a whopping 25 grams of sugar in its 8-ounce cup. That’s just 2 grams fewer than a Snickers bar!
Newly enlightened, I’ve become a yogurt snob, and the only one I will buy now is Siggi’s 4% strained whole-milk yogurt. It’s easy to find — even Target has it. And I like that it’s strained so it has extra protein (12 grams per 4.4 ounces versus the usual 6 grams), but it’s still smooth and creamy (not chalky-thick, as some Greek yogurts can be).
I opt for the whole-milk version because it tastes far better to me than low-fat or nonfat, so I don’t need to add a bunch of sugary stuff. (It’s only got 8 grams of sugar — a third of my previous sugar bomb yogurt!) The 4.4-ounce cup is slightly smaller than other yogurts, but for me the size is just right; because it’s whole milk and high protein, it’s more satiating. It doesn’t matter that it has a little more fat than other yogurts, since I don’t need to eat as much of it.
How about you? What’s your favorite yogurt?