Nutritionists Love This Greek Yogurt With Just 4 Grams Of Sugar Per Serving (2024)

Probiotics: These good-for-you bacteria are powerhouses that support a whole host of essential bodily functions, from digesting food to fighting off germs.

Fermented foods are a great way to start upping your probiotic intake, and there are a whole bunch out there, like kimchi, kombucha, sauerkraut, tempeh, kefir, and pickles. A mainstay for the WH staff: probiotic yogurt, because it's an easy way to fill up on this essential nutrient, and it's super versatile.

Blend it with fruit for the healthiest smoothies, use it as a base for a fun breakfast (or protein-packed dessert!), or dig a spoon straight into the container. However you prep it, probiotic yogurt is a great ingredient to keep on hand—if you know which ones to buy.

"I’m all about the kombucha-on-tap life, but yogurt still holds a special place in my heart," says Kelli McGrane, RD, the creator of The Healthy Toast blog.

To be sure that you're getting the probiotic benefits of yogurt, look for the words "live active cultures" and "lactobacillus acidophilus" (a type of probiotic) on the label, says Juliana Dewsnap, RD. This probiotic helps keep things moving, promotes healthy blood sugar, and may even fend off yeast infections, she notes.

Meet the experts: Kelli McGrane, RD, is the creator of The Healthy Toast, a recipe and nutrition-based blog. Juliana Dewsnap, is a registered dietitian who has worked as a nutritionist for Baze and InsideTracker. Leigh Tracy, RD, is a nutritionist at Mercy Hospital. The experts in the Women's Health Test Kitchen have a collective 30 years experience in the food and nutrition space.

Since "lactobacillus acidophilus" also produces the enzyme lactase, yogurts with this ingredient may be easier for people with dairy sensitivities to digest. Studies suggest it may also reduce irritable bowel syndrome symptoms, like pain and bloating, and reduce the itchiness and pain associated with eczema.

Ready to treat your tummy, body, and taste buds? Here are the best probiotic yogurts you can buy, recommended by nutritionists and the WH Test Kitchen (based on taste tests).

1. Siggi’s Icelandic Skyr

siggi's Vanilla Icelandic Skyr Whole Milk Yogurt

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Prefer a creamier base for your morning meal? Reach for skyr, which is actually a fermented, strained cheese. "Siggi's, an Icelandic style of yogurt called skyr, is creamier and thicker than Greek yogurt," says Leigh Tracy, RD, a nutritionist at Mercy Hospital. "It's also low in added sugar and contains live active bacteria to help promote gut health." In fact, it often packs in more protein than a regular yogurt.

Per serving: 130 calories, 4.5 g fat (3 g sat), 11 g carbs, 60 mg sodium, 0 g fiber, 8 g sugar, 12 g protein

2. Yoplait Light

Dewsnap loves Yoplait Light's tasty flavors, especially the strawberry. Since they're plenty sweet, just go easy on toppings like fruit, and reach for no-sugar-added granola or roasted nuts for additional crunch.

Per serving: 90 calories, 0 g fat (0 g sat), 16 g carbs, 105 mg sodium, 10 g sugar, 5 g protein

3. Chobani

Chobani Non-Fat Plain Greek Yogurt

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This simple yogurt is low in sugar, so you can add plenty of your own toppings, like fruit, nuts, and seeds, says Dewsnap. Plus, its 14 grams of protein help keep you satiated for way longer. Consider this one of the best plain Greek probiotic yogurts out there.

Per serving: 80 calories, 0 g fat (o g sat), 6 g carbs, 55 mg sodium, 4 g sugar, 14 g protein

4. Stonyfield Farm Organic

Stonyfield Smooth & Creamy Yogurt Whole Milk Plain Organic

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"Both [Stonyfield's] regular and Greek yogurts are non-GMO, free of growth hormones, and contain excellent sources of live active cultures," says McGrane. They also offer soy yogurt, which is a good source of probiotics for dairy-free eaters. The experts in the WH Test Kitchen tapped the brand's Greek carton as a top high-protein snack, too.

Per serving: 170 calories, 9 g fat (5 g sat), 13 g carbs, 125 mg sodium, 0g fiber, 12 g sugar, 9 g protein

5. fa*ge Total

"Greek yogurt contains more protein than regular yogurt and has a thicker texture," says McGrane. fa*ge Total Greek Yogurt is a great replacement for sour cream and works wonders in smoothies, too.

Per serving: 150 calories, 4 g fat (3 g sat), 8 g carbs, 65 mg sodium, 0 g fiber, 8 g sugar, 20 g protein

6. Maple Hill Creamery

Maple Hill Creamery Yogurt Cream on Top Plain

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Made with whole milk, this pick is creamy, rich, and super satiating, says Dewsnap. Since it's higher in sugar than protein, be sure to top it with additional protein, like hemp hearts.

Per serving: 170 calories, 10 g fat (7 g sat), 110 mg sodium, 11 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 11 g sugar, 8 g protein

7. Wallaby Organic

Wallaby Organic Plain Aussie Greek Style Whole Milk Yogurt

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"Australian yogurt is perfect for those who want a texture somewhere between traditional and Greek yogurt," says McGrane, who recommends Wallaby for its taste and probiotic content.

Per serving: 220 calories, 11 g fat (7 g sat), 90 mg sodium, 10 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 7 g sugar, 21 g protein

8. Noosa

noosa Yoghurt Whole Milk Yogurt Lemon

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Another Australian yogurt pick from McGrane, Noosa has a nice texture and a solid dose of fats and gut-regulating bacteria. Since the flavored varieties are high in sugar, enjoy them as an occasional treat. Otherwise, stick with plain.

Per serving: 320 calories, 13 g fat (8 g sat), 110mg sodium, 39 g carbs, 0g fiber, 35 g sugar, 12 g protein

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Nutritionists Love This Greek Yogurt With Just 4 Grams Of Sugar Per Serving (2024)


What yogurt is lowest in sugar? ›

Many flavoured and fruit yogurts contain added sugar, so choose unsweetened options like plain natural or Greek yogurt which you can top with chopped up fruit.

What is the best Greek yogurt with no sugar? ›

Chobani® | Zero Sugar* Creamy Greek Yogurt that's naturally 0g sugar, 60 calories, and lactose-free. A great source of protein. Made with only natural ingredients.

What is the healthiest yogurt to eat? ›

It's also packed with filling protein. "Most Greek yogurts have about twice the protein as regular yogurt," she says. When choosing a yogurt to call the healthiest, Linsenmeyer says “anything unsweetened” would be a top contender. And, with its extra protein punch, “Greek yogurt is going to take the gold medal.”

How do you eat Greek yogurt without sugar? ›

Add Fresh Fruit

When you add fruit to your yogurt for a naturally sweet taste, you can avoid the added sugar that's found in flavored yogurts. Typically, the added sugar in flavored yogurts will have the words sugar, cane sugar, dextrose, syrup, or high fructose corn syrup listed in the ingredients.

Does Greek yogurt spike blood sugar? ›

Eating foods high in protein and fiber may help keep you full without spiking your blood sugar. Foods like non-starchy vegetables, eggs, flaxseeds, and Greek yogurt can encourage healthy post-meal blood sugar levels and help you maintain healthy glycemic control.

What yogurt does Chick-fil-A use? ›

Fairlife makes Chick-fil-A's new Greek yogurt with a patented filtration process at its flagship Fair Oaks Farms at the border of Newton and Jasper counties.

What is the best yogurt for gut health? ›

Dairy kefir is made from fermented milk, like yogurt is. But kefir is typically less thick and more tangy. Kefir contains more probiotics than any yogurt. With up to 61 different strains of microbes, it can be an excellent source of probiotics.

What not to mix with yogurt? ›

Yogurt is to be avoided with cheese, hot drinks, sour fruits, milk, mangoes, nightshades, beans, eggs, fish. Fat and proteins are mismatched foods as they need different digestive juices. Cheese cannot be paired with eggs, fruits, hot drinks, milk, beans, yogurt.

Is banana good for diabetes? ›

Takeaway. A person with diabetes should include a variety of fresh, whole foods in their diet, such as nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables. Bananas are a safe and nutritious fruit for people with diabetes to eat in moderation as part of a balanced, individualized eating plan.

Is peanut butter good for diabetics? ›

Peanut butter contains essential nutrients, and it can be part of a healthful diet when a person has diabetes. However, it is important to eat it in moderation, as it contains a lot of calories. People should also make sure their brand of peanut butter is not high in added sugar, salt, or fat.

Is 7g of sugar a lot in yogurt? ›

Avoid any yogurt that lists sugar as the first ingredient. Using the grams of sugar listed on the label as a guide, a standard 5.3 oz individual container of yogurt should contain no more than 18 grams of sugar, and ideally less than 13 grams.

How much sugar is in too good yogurt? ›

products? *Too Good & Co. cups have 80% less sugar (2g per 5.3oz) than average flavored and plain Greek yogurt (10g per 5.3oz).


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