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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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4:05PM PDT on Sep 5, 2015

Thank you Michelle.

7:22AM PDT on Sep 5, 2015


If you compare this to an Activia Blueberry yogurt, the Activia comes in a 113 g serving and contains 1.5 g of fat and 17 g of sugar.
Even if we take the "harmless" 52 g Original Glazed donut, this still has 12 g of fat compared to 1.5 g in the Activia yogurt, and the donut weighs less than half of the yoghurt. So, if you calculate the sugar contents relative to 100 g, the donut comes out with 12 g of fat, and the yogurt with 15 g. Fat is 12 g (donut) vs. 1.3 g (yogurt).

If you take some of the "the worst" Krispy Kreme donuts, like the new Reese's Peanut Butter donut, that has a serving size of 90 g, with 17.1 g of sugar and 28 g of fat; or the Chocolate Dream Cake weighing in at 95 g which has 28 g of sugar and 19 g of fat.

I honestly don't know where Cook gets her data from but they are just WRONG, as well as her calculations and the whole comparison.

But, as always, Cook is very skilled at deceiving people and - most importantly - she gets free advertisement for her new book. Thanks a lot!


7:19AM PDT on Sep 5, 2015

This is total nonsense.

While I agree that fruit yogurts typically contain too much sugar, the comparison Cook makes between yogurt and donuts is totally nonsense. And the numbers she gives don't even work out.

First of all, donuts have close to no nutritional value, except for some fiber content (usually around 2g). They contain mostly flour and fat, and are deep-fried. This is already an alarm signal. Thus, the dangerous thing about donuts is not necessarily the sugar, at least if you have a plain donut, but the fat contents.

Yogurt has still the typical benefits of dairy, especially the calcium content and some vitamins. The only beneficial thing about donuts is the small fiber content due to the flour.

While Cook lists the specific yogurt brand and flavour, she talks just generally about a "Krispy Kreme" donut, without naming the specific type of donut.

Using the company website, it shows that a single Krispy Kreme donut can weigh between 52 g (for the simple glazed) and 95 g, and contain between 7 g and 28 g of sugar. The fat contents varies between 10.1 g and 28 g per donut.

If you compare this to an Activia Blueberry yogurt, the Activia comes in a 113 g serving and contains 1.5 g of fat and 17 g of sugar.
Even if we take the "harmless" 52 g Original Glazed donut, this still has 12 g of fat compared to 1.5 g in the Activia yogurt, and the donut weighs less than half of the yoghurt. So, if you calculate the sugar contents relative to 100 g, the don

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.

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