The Great Yoghurt Debate

Updated: Jul 8, 2021

I have found over the past few weeks that every other person has been asking which yoghurt they should be choosing. As a staple food in most fridges and with hundreds of brands and varieties to choose from at the super markets it’s no wonder there are so much uncertainty. While looking at yoghurt there are many aspects to consider: sugar, fat, protein and calcium content… and taste!

Three serves of dairy is recommended by the Australian Healthy Eating Guidelines for adults to ensure you get all the nutrition you need. Ideally yoghurt should be a good source of protein and calcium while keeping the fat and sugar content down. As yoghurt varieties have different processing methods some are naturally higher in protein and lower in sugar (Greek yoghurt). It is also important to keep in mind that lactose is a natural form of sugar found in yoghurt which has a low glycaemic index and is a healthy part of a balanced diet.

The majority of concerns people have raised recently surround the idea that low fat or no fat yoghurts contain far more sugar than their full fat alternative. Hopefully this review can give you some guidance on this matter.

The following is a brief summary of some common yoghurts on the super market shelves:

Chobani: The processing methods of this yoghurt make it a great source of protein both in the plain and flavoured varieties. However it is important to note that once they add a flavour in (eg. Coconut, Raspberry, Banana etc.) they also add a fair amount of sugar. If you are going to go for Chobani and like some flavour, my advice would be to add your own fruit to the plain 0% fat or 2% fat options. (Rachel’s personal pick: Chobani 0% with fresh mango).

Brownes: Being quite an affordable and readily available single serve yoghurt this is often one we see people buying as an extra with their lunches at the cafeteria line. Having so many different varieties and flavours if can be a challenge to know which to choose. If you like something plain their Natural Light is a good low fat/sugar, moderate protein and high calcium option. If you are looking at their flavoured varieties the full fat and light options do have a fair amount of sugar added so the Diet options are a better choice, even though they have a slightly lower protein content (considering most of us eat more protein than we need).