Not all grocery store yogurt is healthy.
Walk down the yogurt aisle at the grocery store, and there are probably more options than you can count. Behind the containers of plain, traditional yogurts and unflavored, creamy Greek yogurts are some less-than-healthy options we’re not big fans of.
Don’t get us wrong—we love yogurt. It’s full of probiotics and can even lower your risk of heart attack and stroke. But many of the store offerings are more of a dessert than healthy snack. Here, we checked out the nutrition on some top yogurt brands to find the most unhealthy picks, based on sugar content.
Yoplait Mix-Ins Coconut Chocolate Almond
We’re big fans of the totally recognizable ingredients in this yogurt, but the 22 grams of sugar is way too high. We’d rather toss a few dark chocolate chips, dried coconut flakes, and roasted almonds into plain yogurt to get the same flavor—without all the added sugar.
Wallaby Aussie Greek Honey
Even though this label reads just two healthy ingredients—low fat organic milk and organic honey—one container of the probiotic-packed yogurt has 28 grams of sugar. We’ll gladly take a half cup of plain yogurt and just add a half teaspoon of honey and dash of cinnamon for 7 grams of sugar.
Yoplait Whips Peanut Butter Chocolate Girl Scouts
Of the three girl scout flavors, peanut butter chocolate is the worst as far as sugar goes. There are 22 grams of sugar per container, which is crazy, considering that two real cookies has only 8 grams of sugar.
Fage Split Cup Honey
These flip cups toss in way too much sugar for our liking—just one container contains 29 grams of sugar, plus a whopping 210 calories. We’ll opt for the other flavors that only have 11 grams of sugar per serving.
Chobani Flip Peanut Butter Dream
Before you dig into this yogurt cup, you should know that it’s advertised as an indulgent treat. Just one container is 210 calories and has 22 grams of sugar, which is high, but it’s significantly better for you than a half cup of Ben and Jerry’s Peanut Butter Cup ice cream.
Noosa Caramel Chocolate Pecan
At 250 calories and 27 grams of sugar per container, we’re going to pass on the chocolate, sugar-coated pecans, and pretzel combo. If that wasn’t enough, the yogurt itself is infused with cane sugar, sweetened condensed milk, and caramel color. No thanks.
Dannon Fruit on the Bottom
Most of Dannon’s fruit on the bottom yogurts (strawberry, peach, cherry, raspberry, and strawberry banana) hit 22 grams of sugar per container. We’d much rather add ⅓ cup strawberries to nonfat plain Greek yogurt for just 6 grams of sugar.
Raspberry Lemonade Noosa
These seem perfectly harmless at just 18 grams of sugar per container, but we noticed these bright pink cups were significantly smaller than a normal 5 to 5.5 ounce container. After a little number crunching, we discovered this yogurt would have about 24 grams of sugar if it was the same size as the competitors.
Dannon Lowfat Yogurt Coffee Flavor
The low-fat halo means nothing when the tiny cup contains 22 grams of sugar. Swap the coffee and vanilla flavors out for a plain yogurt.
Fage Crossovers Coconut with Dark Chocolate
Advertised as a snack, these Fage crossovers are a little sugar-heavy for a mid-day treat. The coconut with dark chocolate variety packs on about 23 grams of sugar for the single container.