How to Buy the Healthiest Yogurt

By: Lisa Valente, M.S., R.D.  |  Tuesday, November 10, 2015

bowl of yogurt with toppings

Yogurt is packed with protein, probiotics and calcium—but if you pick the wrong ones, you’ll be spooning up loads of calories and sugar too.
Scope the sugar
Plain yogurt has a bit of natural sugar (from milk) but no added sugar. Flavored yogurts have as much as 15 grams of added sugar. To cut plain’s tang, add fresh fruit or a teaspoon of maple syrup or honey (about 5g sugar).
Choose your fat level
Nonfat has the fewest calories but new research has linked eating full-fat dairy with lower body weight. Low-fat yogurts are a nice middle ground—they still have a rich texture and some fat, but slightly fewer calories.
Probiotic power
Most yogurts have good-for-you bugs that can help keep your gut healthy. If you spot the “Live & Active Cultures” seal, it guarantees at least 100 million cultures per gram at manufacturing time.

Our Faves

Fage: The texture, tang and flavor nailed it for us. Plus, no fillers or additives here like in some brands of “Greek-style” yogurt.
Stonyfield Organic: It’s a classic with a nice zip—and it’s easy to find whether you’re looking for nonfat, low-fat or whole-milk.
Siggi’s: The flavors have far less sugar than others (about 4 grams of added sugar compared to the 12 to 16 grams in many brands).
Chobani Simply 100: A smidge of sugar, plus calorie-free monk fruit and stevia to help keep the calories down.
Noosa: This creamy yogurt wowed us. But at around 300 calories, it’s a splurge. Eat half and save some for later, or try the 4-oz. size.