We sussed out the best store-bought ones with no additives – just natural, yummy goodness. By Deborah Lin
Which store-bought yogurt won our tastebuds over? (Photo: Deborah Lin)
There’s much to love about yogurt.
This creamy treat is a fab alternative to ice cream – not just in terms of calories and sugar, but because it’s suitable for those who are lactose intolerant (yogurts with live, active cultures, that is). These cultures, or probiotics, boost your gut health and help with gastrointestinal conditions. Plus, yogurt is also an excellent source of protein and nutrients like calcium and potassium.
But with the overwhelming number of brands and types of yogurt at the supermarket, choosing the right one is no easy feat! Here’s how we narrowed it down to nine yogurts for this taste test:
One, absolutely no additives. That meant only plain, unflavoured ones with no sugar or fructose syrup. Also, less than 100 calories per 100g (yes, there were some that busted this count!)
So, don’t just go for the low-fat or non-fat yogurts. Lighter options with skimmed milk might make up for taste with artificial sweeteners, or add cream to get the right texture. This table shows the overall nutrition scores of our nine yogurts (each column’s lowest value is in blue, highest value in red).
A comparison of the nutrition scores across yogurts.
While there are clear winners nutrition score-wise, which yogurts pleased our tastebuds most? These are our picks for best tasting yogurts.
#1 Yogurt: Five:am Organic Yoghurt ($12.95 for 700g)
Review None of us had tasted this Aussie yogurt before, but it was love at first lick. It’s absolutely smooth and creamy – making Five:am Organic Yoghurt good enough to eat on its own, or blended into a yogurt smoothie. That the fat count of this yogurt is the highest of this taste test was a bit of a bummer, but it’s still less than other yogurts with additives in the mix.
#2 Yogurt: Yoplait Yoplus Natural Yoghurt ($7.95 for 1kg)
Review While the consistency of this yogurt is thinner than most, the full flavour of Yoplait Yoplus Natural Yoghurt more than makes up for it. We’re not sure if it’s due to the higher sugar content, but we dig that this French yogurt ranks top on the calcium count and is the most value-for-money option.
#3 Yogurt: Danone Activia Pure Natural Greek Style Yoghurt ($15.45 for 900g)
Review We really like the smooth texture of Danone Activia Pure Natural Greek Style Yoghurt, and it isn’t too tart as well. Other than the usual probiotics, this Spanish yogurt also exclusively has the BL Regularis active culture, which helps those with (ahem) constipation.