A handful of lower-sugar yogurts that are worth a try

Looking for a low-fat yogurt with less added sugar? Try these.

You can’t go wrong with some fresh fruit and a plain 0% or low-fat yogurt, which has no added sugar.

But plain yogurt isn’t for everyone. And most “light” yogurts cut sugar by adding acesulfame potassium (a poorly tested low-calorie sweetener) and sucralose (an unsafe sweetener).

Fortunately, two new yogurt lines simply add less sugar. Neither tops two teaspoons of total sugar per container…and both were a hit with our taste-testers:

Tastes like a mix of plain and fruit yogurts.

Chobani Greek A hint of. With fruit purée (no whole pieces) and just “a hint of” sugar, it’s “subtly sweet.”

Lower-sugar without the tartness of Greek yogurt.

YQ by Yoplait. YQ is made from “ultra-filtered” milk, which concentrates its protein and removes most of its lactose (milk sugar). That delivers lower-sugar, high-protein yogurt “without the tart tang” of Greeks.

Can’t get enough of Greek yogurt’s thick texture and high protein?

Say hello to Icelandic skyr (it’s pronounced “skeer”).

Icelandic skyr is Greek’s creamy cousin.

“Similar to yogurt, skyr is a cultured dairy product born in Iceland,” says Icelandic Provisions. “The original cultures we use to make our skyr impart a rich, creamy flavor, whereas yogurt cultures may provide a sour, tart taste.”

Indeed. Our testers raved about the company’s skyr, which comes in fruit-forward, tongue-twisting flavors like Blueberry Bilberry, Cherry Black Currant, and Strawberry Lingonberry.

Every Provision flavor (except Coconut) has 15 grams of protein and 15 percent of a day’s calcium for a mere 130 calories, 1 gram of saturated fat, and 2½ teaspoons of sugar per 5.3 oz. tub.

Those numbers are nearly identical to fellow Icelandic skyr Siggi’s 2%, which is a tad more tart.

Photos: JJAVA/stock.adobe.com (yogurt with berries), Yoplait (YQ), Jolene Mafnas/CSPI (all others).

The information in this post first appeared in the November 2018 issue of Nutrition Action Healthletter.

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