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5 Yogurts That Are Worse Than Doughnuts

5 Yogurts That Are Worse Than Doughnuts

Most people assume that all yogurt is healthy. But that common misconception is causing people to ingest a lot more sugar than they bargained for. As part of my research for my upcoming book, The Probiotic Miracle, I reviewed many common brands of yogurt to determine how healthy they actually are. Here’s a list of my 5 yogurt picks based on an excellent compilation I found, that are worse than doughnuts (based on a Krispy Kreme doughnut containing about 10 grams of sugar each).  However, I placed them in order based on the amount of sugar a six ounce serving of yogurt contains, regardless what serving size the package indicates, just to compare apples to apples.  Of course, there are other nutritional factors to consider so I’m not suggesting you eat doughnuts instead of yogurt. Instead, opt for low-sugar breakfasts, like these alternatives.

Yoplait Strawberry Original Yogurt—a six ounce package contains 26 grams of sugar.  By comparison a 12-ounce can of Coke or Sprite (twice the amount) contains 33 grams of sugar and no one actually thinks it’s healthy. Ounce for ounce the Yoplait yogurt contains far more sugar than Coke.

Activia Blueberry Yogurt—Tied with Yoplait Strawberry Original for worst yogurt.  While it may appear at first glance to contain only 19 grams of sugar (still high!) but when you learn that amount is for a 4.4 ounce serving size, that means this yogurt contains nearly 26 grams of sugar for a comparable six ounce serving size, or the equivalent of two and a half Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

Brown Cow Non-Fat Vanilla—contains 25 grams of sugar for a six ounce serving size.  That’s also the equivalent of two and a half doughnuts.

Danone (or Dannon) Fruit on the Bottom Yogurt, Blueberry—a six ounce package of this yogurt contains 24 grams of sugar or the equivalent of two and a half doughnuts.

Stonyfield Organic Smooth and Creamy French Vanilla—contains 29 grams of sugar for a slightly larger eight ounce serving, or the equivalent of 21.75 grams of sugar for a six ounce serving, or just over two doughnuts.

So which yogurt should you choose?  Choose either plain yogurt and add fresh fruit to it or choose Greek yogurt that tends to be naturally low in sugar.  As an example, 100 grams of Danone Oikos Greek Yogurt contains 3.2 grams of sugar.  Pay attention to both the grams of sugar number and the serving size, since some brands like Activia are actually much smaller than most others.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 17-time book author and board-certified doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and her new book The Probiotic Promise. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.


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7:40AM PDT on May 10, 2015

The sugar also makes the probiotics less functional. So even if you end up adding a lot of your own jam or fruit, it is still better to buy it plain.

9:57AM PST on Mar 7, 2015

Usually, I buy plain Greek yoghurt . . . no sugar. As a diabetic, I have been reading labels for what seems like forever now. Refined sugar and other carbohydrates are important. I have been adding a mix of hemp hearts, chia seeds, buckwheat and almonds to my yoghurt. When you let it stand for a bit, it is almost like a porridge in consistency because the seeds etc absorb some of the yoghurt's moisture. Of course, fresh or frozen berries with no added sugar are a great way to get a serving of fruit along with the protein.

4:03AM PST on Mar 6, 2015

Always thought yogurt good for you,now wonder what else i eat that has to much suger,i have blue berries with plain yogurt,i dont like ceraels

7:23PM PST on Mar 5, 2015

Hmmm, I don't think I eat these yogurts - but maybe the Stonyfield. I'll be more careful about reading labels when I shop.

6:09PM PST on Mar 5, 2015

lolly d: LOVE the tips!

6:08PM PST on Mar 5, 2015

thank you so much for this article! it's disgusting how much sugar these yogurts contain. i'm shocked!

3:49PM PST on Feb 3, 2015

Thanks for sharing. Plain greek yogurt is my go to mid day protein snack. But the fruit on the bottom yogurts are quite tempting when I see them at the store, now I have more of a reason to avoid them.

9:15AM PST on Feb 1, 2015

One of my biggest pet peeves is individually packaged flavored yogurt parading as a healthy, natural choice. Nasty ingredients, PLUS all the packaging waste! If you want the convenience to have it on-the-go, "invest" (in quotes because you'll actually be saving money!) in some small resusable containers. I always buy full-fat, PLAIN, organic yogurt in the 32oz containers. You can mix it with fresh or thawed frozen fruit, or even a spoonful of jam or preserves (homemade, or watch out for added sugars which kind of defeats the point). It's also great mixed in with oatmeal to make it deliciously creamy, along with whatever other goodies you like in your oatmeal. Plain yogurt is also great for baking, and even for using in savory dishes. Can't make a mustard sauce for chicken with a dinky cup of super-sweetened strawberry yogurt, now can ya?

4:46PM PST on Dec 30, 2014

I prefer low fat or no fat yogurt plus if I can get the sugar down I'm all for it. I really like the no added sugar yogurts. Hard to come by sometimes. It's surprising what's on the label. I also try to buy products in recyclable containers.

11:42AM PST on Dec 30, 2014

Thank you. Now I know what to avoid.

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