Our top 14 flavoured yoghurts

28/10/2016 Help for Parents, Lunchbox, Product Reviews

As a recent reader pointed out, our old ‘top 10 yoghurt post’ was a little outdated… so we hope this fresh take, using the Healthy Kids Better Choice nutrient criteria, will help you when faced with a wall of yoghurt choices at the supermarket.

‘Better Choice’ is simply that – it helps you to make a better choice at the supermarket. For our list of flavoured yoghurts, we visited a range of supermarkets in Australia and chose 14 brands in a range of flavours that met the Better Choice criteria. The criteria identify nutritious foods that are high in calcium (which kids don’t get enough of), and low in saturated fat and energy (which kids are getting too much of).

Why are they ‘flavoured’?!

Before you worry about the amount of sugar in flavoured yoghurts, we have a reason for choosing a ‘flavoured’ list (our original list was all plain, unflavoured yoghurt) – our members report that it’s rare to find a child that will eat plain yoghurt (they’re usually topped with honey, fruit, nuts or some other flavour or texture enhancer). Keep in mind that some of the sugar listed on the label is both lactose (which comes from the milk the yoghurt is made from) plus added sugars, which may include any real fruit added to the yoghurt.

With current food labelling, it’s not possible to know how much sugar is naturally occurring and comes from milk or fruit, and how much is added sugar. For example, Tamar Valley Natural Yoghurt has 6.2g sugar per 100g; the only ingredients are skim milk, milk solids, cream and live cultures. Chobani 0.5% Fat Plain Yoghurt has 3.3g sugar per 100g. The Tamar Valley Greek Style No Added Sugar fruit yoghurts have 6.8-7.4g sugar per 100g. You can use these figures as a guide to help you calculate how much sugar might be added to yoghurts.

What did we look for?

We looked for yoghurts that had:

  • 450kJ energy or less per 100g and 900kJ or less per serve
  • 5g or less saturated fat per 100g
  • 100mg or more calcium per 100g

The top 14 flavoured yoghurts

our-top-14-flavoured-yoghurtsHere’s the list of yoghurts we found that meet the criteria, in alphabetical order. Of course, you may want to examine and investigate them more closely to meet your family’s particular requirements (e.g. price, additive avoidance, live culture content etc.):

  • Activia – 125g tub in 4 multipack (NOT 2 multipacks) – all flavours except coconut.
  • Brooklea Joi Lite (Aldi) – 150g tub in multipack – all flavours.
  • Brooklea Squishy (Aldi) – 70g and 150g pouches – all flavours.
  • CalciYum – 70g pouches (NOT 95g tubs) – all flavours.
  • Chobani – 0.5% fat and 2% fat varieties – 170g tubs, 140g pouches – all flavours. Note: the pouches have slightly more sugar and less protein than the tubs due to the consistency required to suck the yoghurt from a pouch.
  • Coles – 70g pouches – all flavours.
  • Dairy Dream No Added Sugar (Aldi) – 125g tub in multipack – all flavours.
  • Ski D’Lite – 150g pouches, 100g, 150g and 200g tub in multipack – all flavours.
  • Tamar Valley Greek Style No Added Sugar – 170g tub, 125g tub in multipack – all flavours.
  • Vaalia Low Fat– 160g tub, 150g tub in multipack – all flavours. Note: the Vaalia kids pouches are just over the Better Choice saturated fat criteria with 1.6g per 100g.
  • Woolworths Select Yummy Snacks – 70g pouch – both flavours.
  • Yoplait Classic – 100g and 175g tub in multipack – all flavours except pineapple & coconut and coconut.
  • Yopliat Forme – 175g tub in multipack – all flavours.
  • Yoplait Petit Miam – 70g pouches, 100g tub in multipack – all flavours.

If you want to triple check our figures, here’s the summary nutrition information for all the yoghurts listed above.

What about the Health Star Rating?

At the time of writing, none of the products yet had the Health Star Rating (HSR) on their labels. The HSR helps compare products in the same category, so once it appears on labels it will be another helpful tool to help you compare which ones are better choices.