7 Best New Low-Sugar Yogurts
Everyone seems to be trying to cut back on their sugar intake these days, and yogurt is a big conundrum. In the past, yogurt was often a quick breakfast or snack, or even a lunch on the go. And then we discovered how much hidden sugar was in them—some flavored yogurts have more than 30 grams of sugar in a serving! That’s more than the 25 grams of sugar the American Heart Association recommends we eat in an entire day.
The good news is that brands are making adjustments, creating with lower sugar, lower carb yogurts that are still high in protein. Here are some of the latest that are packed with live active cultures and probiotics, but without artificial sweeteners.
Danone Two Good Yogurt
The name is this yogurt by Danone is a nod to just how little sugar Two Good contains —just two grams! Each 5.3-ounce serving of the blended Greek yogurt contains 12 grams of protein, 3 grams of total carbs, and 80 calories. It comes in five flavors: strawberry, blueberry, peach, mixed berry, and vanilla.
Danone has achieved this low-sugar content by patenting a new straining technique that requires more time but removes some of the lactose, the naturally occurring sugar in the milk. One caveat: to achieve this low sugar level, the yogurt uses the sugar substitute stevia as a sweetener.
YQ by Yoplait
Yoplait likes to say that YQ is smarter, not sweeter. What does that mean? Their low-sugar yogurt isn’t officially yogurt at all: it’s made with ultra-filtered milk, and the filtration process removes the lactose. It still has yogurt cultures, but YQ has just 9 grams of sugar per 5.3-ounce serving, 15 grams of protein, and 10 grams of total carbs.
YQ does contain added cane sugar to make it taste sweet. Sweetened flavors include traditional options like strawberry, vanilla, and blueberry as well as coconut, lime, and mango. If you’re looking for the lowest sugar option, reach for YQ Plain. This unflavored yogurt contains only 1 gram of sugar!
Less Sugar Greek Yogurt by Chobani
Chobani’s Less Sugar Greek Yogurt uses non-GMO ingredients and avoids artificial flavors altogether. Each of their yogurts is sweetened with cane sugar, but not much, giving Less Sugar Greek Yogurt an average of 9 grams of sugar per 5.3-ounce serving along with 12 grams of protein and 11 grams of total carbs.
Chobani got creative with its flavor names, which include Alphonso Mango, Clingstone Peach, and Gili Cherry. If you’re looking for the lowest sugar options, steer clear of the ones with mix-in toppings, which contain 11 grams of sugar. That’s less than other brands’ mix-in options, but still on the higher side.
Siggi’s 4% No Added Sugar Yogurt
Just as its name implies, Siggi’s 4% No Added Sugar Yogurt gets its sweetness from fruit alone and contains only 4 or 5 grams of sugar in a 125 gram container (that’s about 4.4 ounces). A strained Icelandic-style yogurt called skyr that naturally has less sugar, Siggi’s is very thick and creamy and is made with no artificial flavors or ingredients. The yogurts contain 10 or 11 grams of protein and between 7 and 10 grams of total carbs depending on the flavor, which include raspberry & apple, banana & cinnamon, and peach & mango.
Icelandic Provisions Skyr
Similar to Siggi’s, Icelandic Provisions is a skyr, an Icelandic-style yogurt that’s naturally lower in sugar. The plain skyr has just 4 grams of sugar and 9 grams of total carbs while packing a walloping 20 grams of protein in a serving. But if you like flavored yogurts, those only have a bit more sugar, with 10 grams of sugar in a 5.3-ounce serving along with 15 grams of protein and 15 grams of total carbs. Many of the flavors are decidedly Icelandic, including Strawberry Lingonberry, Blueberry Bilberry, and Peach Cloudberry.
Fage Split Cups
If you needed proof that companies know consumers want less sugar in their yogurt, look no further than Fage, which recently cut the sugar content of its split cup fruit varieties by 30%. Those are the style that have plain yogurt on one side and fruit mix-ins in a separate container attached on the side. Now these flavors, from strawberry to blood orange, all have 11 grams of sugar in a 5.3-ounce container along with 11 to 13 grams of protein and around 13 or 14 grams of total carbs.
Forager Products Cashewgurt
Vegans or anyone looking for dairy-free yogurts can consider Forager Products’ Cashewgurt, a yogurt made from cashew milk. Plain, unsweetened cashewgurt contains just 1 gram of sugar in a 5.3-ounce serving, but it’s also lower in protein at just 3 grams of protein and 9 grams of total carbs. The flavored products are higher in sugar, with 7 to 12 grams of sugar a serving, but they’re still a good low-sugar option for those who want to skip dairy.