Yogurt Cheat Sheet

Overwhelmed by the multitude of yogurt options? Use this cheat sheet to find the healthiest yogurt that will satisfy your taste buds and dietary needs.

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Full of protein, calcium and healthy bacteria that's good for your digestion and immune system, Greek yogurt has recently enjoyed a burst of popularity. It's a great snack, especially if you're looking to slim down. Not only does this yogurt make you feel full, some studies have shown that diets that include several servings of Greek yogurt a day may aid weight loss and trim waistlines.

While Greek yogurt used to be hard to find, supermarket shelves are now stocked with row upon row of different brands and flavors. If all these options make you feel overwhelmed, never fear – we at The Dr. Oz Show took a look at a variety of popular Greek yogurts that are among the healthiest and tastiest options out there. Use this cheat sheet to pick the best yogurt for you:

Low Sugar Content (Per Serving Size)
If you check out the label, you might be surprised to find that some yogurt varieties contain more sugar than two donuts! And, many yogurts that claim to be "low sugar" are packed instead with artificial sweeteners. Though plain yogurts usually have less sugar than flavored ones, we know that many people prefer flavored yogurt. With that in mind, here are two of the best flavored yogurts that don’t contain artificial sweeteners and won't put you into a sugar coma:

  1. Stoneyfield Greek vanilla: 12 g of sugar
  2. Yoplait Greek blueberry blend: 18 g of sugar

High Protein Content (Per Serving Size)
Stay alert and full, and support healthy muscles with a good dose of protein in the mornings. Each of these two yogurts contains almost as much protein as three ounces of lean meat:

  1. Fage 2% plain: 20 g protein
  2. Oikos traditional plain: 20 g protein

Healthiest Probiotics
Any refrigerated product legally called "yogurt" must be produced by culturing dairy ingredients with a bacterial culture. These good bacteria can take up residence in your digestive tract, supporting good digestion and immune function by keeping bad bacteria in check. The bacteria are also responsible for making yogurt safe to eat for people with lactose intolerance. Refrigerated yogurts that bear a Live & Active Culture (LAC) seal contain at least 100 million bacterial cultures per gram at the time of manufacture. Here are two yogurts that are LAC and Oz-approved:

  1. Chobani 2% strawberry banana: Cultures contained include S. Thermophilus, L. Bulgaricus, L. Acidophilus, Bifidus and L. Casei
  2. Oikos traditional plain: Cultures contained include L. Bulgaricus and S. Thermophilus