A Question About Yogurt

There are so many types of yogurt available, Greek, European, Cream Line, etc. What is the best yogurt nutritionally? I assume that high protein, no added sugar, low saturated fat and probiotics are all important factors.


  • I find that 2% Greek strained yogurt is pretty good. A standard 250gr serving gives you close to half your daily needs for calcium, while having just 3gr of saturated fat.

    It is also very yummy, but I'm Greek so I might be biased. :D

  • carbmaster, but I prefer no probiotics

  • @Nemo

    My dietitian recommendation is to choose a Greek or high protein yogurt with no added sugar that is 0-1% fat.

    Fat doesn't have great short or medium term satiety (it's better at long-term satiety) and the type of fat in dairy is mostly saturated. While there's been debate over the role of saturated fat in heart disease, there's pretty compelling evidence that high saturated fat can play a role in other disease states and increases inflammatory biomarkers.

    The probiotics in yogurt are really too few to have a major impact on your gut health.What changes our microbiome more is the overall type of diet we follow.

    Hope this helps!

    Susan Macfarlane, MScA, RD
    Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
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  • No reason my opinion ought to mean much to anybody but I think homemade yogurt is the best nutritional option.

    1. It's made from fortified milk. Commercial brands aren't. I especially appreciate the vitamin D.
    2. Can be made from full fat, low fat, or skim. I choose low fat.
    3. Less expensive. Half gallon of 2% milk costs $1.99 and yields about one quart of Greek yogurt and one quart of homemade whey.

    See nutritional data for homemade whey at https://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/dairy-and-egg-products/100/2 or use cronometer food search for Whey, acid, fluid
    Food #981, Data Source: USDAsr28:01112.

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