Best Greek Yogurt

Yogurt continues to grow in popularity. Sales now top 7 billion dollars a year. A lot of the latest growth is propelled by Greek-style yogurt. Consumer Reports just tested more than two dozen Greek yogurts to find the best.

More people than ever are eating yogurt, especially Greek yogurt.

Amy Keating of Consumer Reports says, “Yogurt is nutritious and a good source of calcium. But Greek yogurt has even more protein and that’s part of the appeal.”

Consumer Reports checked out 27 popular Greek yogurts — in plain and vanilla flavors — for both taste and nutrition.

The nutritionists noticed something unusual when reviewing the nutrition facts labels. Whole Foods’ 365 Everyday Value Fat Free Plain Greek Yogurt claims to have only two grams of sugars per eight-ounce cup.

Keating said, “That seemed really low. The other plain Greek yogurts we looked at had 5 to 10 grams of sugars per cup.”

So Consumer Reports tested six samples and found that the Whole Foods yogurt averaged 11 grams of sugar — more than five times the label’s claim.

In Consumer Reports’ taste tests, the Whole Foods yogurt received a “Good” rating, but others scored much better.

In the end, Fage Total 2% Fat was the top rated plain Greek yogurt. It’s thick and creamy with a
well-balanced flavor.

Among the Greek vanilla yogurts, Wallaby Organic Whole Milk is the best in the tests. It almost tastes like a dessert with real cream and vanilla flavors, but it does have 8 grams of fat and 27 grams of sugars per cup.

A spokesperson for Whole Foods says that Consumer Reports’ findings are not consistent with the test results it has gotten from reputable third-party labs. It is investigating the matter and says it will take corrective action if any is warranted.

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