Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Product Review: Greek Yogurt Tasting

As I've learned, grass-fed dairy, preferably raw, offers the most health benefits and the best flavor. Higher in vitamins, essential fatty-acids, carotene, and naturally occurring probiotics. But I have not found any brands that use grass-fed milk in their yogurt. Now that I mastered homemade yogurt using the real farm milk, I will make it when time allows. But you know how busy life gets so it's nice to have some good tasting, high quality yogurt ready in the fridge for a breakfast or a quick snack.

Everyone seems to be getting on the Greek yogurt bandwagon, I recently spotted new versions by Dannon and Yoplait alongside Chobani, Oikos and my beloved Fage. I bought one carton of each of the plain, non-fat versions and tasted them plain from a spoon. I will be rating them on a scale of moos. 1 being worst and 5 being best.


I was surprised to see Yoplait had a Greek yogurt on the market because their other yogurt products aren't much more than junk food marketed as health food.

Yoplait Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt
Serving Size~6 ounces (170g)
Calories~ 100
Sodium~ 90 mg
Carbs~ 10 grams
Protein~ 14 grams
Ingredients~ Cultured pasteurized grade A nonfat milk, milk protein concentrate, kosher gelatin, vitamin A acetate and Vitamin D3.
Price~$1 on special offer (I think it's $1.19 regularly priced)

Thoughts~Thick but grainy, bland, not much tang here, salty finish. It's not organic. It has to be fortified because pasteurized milk is stripped of all it's nutrition. "Fortifying" their product gives it more nutritional appeal to the public. Nutritionally, this product isn't in the same league at the others in this tasting. It's about what I expect from a company like Yoplait and their parent company General Mills. The health of their wallets take priority over that of the public.

Rating~ 1 moo

Dannon, the maker of my favorite yogurt as a kid, blueberry fruit on the bottom.

Dannon Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt
Serving Size~5.3 ounces (150g)
Calories~ 80
Sodium~ 50 mg
Carbs~ 6 grams
Protein~ 15 grams
Ingredients~ Cultured grade A nonfat milk.
Price~ $1.29

Thoughts~Thick, thick, thick, super smooth and lusciously creamy. Mild tang with a clean finish. Dannon has always put forward a good product. It's not organic but it contains nothing but milk and cultures. It has more protein than the Yoplait without the addition of protein concentrate and is so thick without resorting to adding gelatin. I would buy this again, it's very nice.

Rating~ 4 moos

Chobani Non-Fat Plain Greek Yogurt
Serving Size~6 ounces (170g)
Calories~ 100
Sodium~ 80 mg
Carbs~ 7 grams
Protein~ 18 grams
Ingredients~ Cultured pasteurized nonfat milk, with 5 active cultures, no growth hormones.

Thoughts~Very thick and creamy but with a slightly grainy finish. Sour rather than tangy. It's not organic but I like that they don't use growth hormones. Not my favorite due to the sourness.

Rating~2.5 moos

Oikos from Stonyfield, the leader in "industrial organic" dairy.

Oikos Plain Nonfat Organic Greek Yogurt
Serving Size~5.3 ounces (150g)
Calories~ 80
Sodium~ 60 mg
Carbs~ 6 grams
Protein~ 15 grams
Ingredients~ Cultured pasteurized organic nonfat milk, with 5 active cultures.
Price~Suggested retail $1.99 but I can't remember what I paid for it.

Thoughts~ This is a solid product, but totally overpriced. Stonyfield likes to charge for their brand name. It's thick, tangy and creamy but nothing unforgettable here.

Rating~3 moos

Fage Total 0% (pronounced "fa-yeh") The gold standard!

Fage Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt
Serving Size~6 ounces (170g)
Calories~ 90
Sodium~ 65 mg
Carbs~ 7 grams
Protein~ 15 grams
Ingredients~ (copied and pasted from the Fage USA website) FAGE TOTAL Yogurt is 100% natural. It contains no added sweeteners, thickeners or preservatives. We do not use powder milk, powder cream or powder protein in FAGE, just raw milk, raw cream and live active cultures which come together for a naturally blissful taste experience. In line with our All Natural approach to yogurt making, our milk and cream supply comes from farmers who have pledged not to treat their cows with rBGH*.
Price~$1.79 but I buy it when it's on sale 3/$5

Thoughts~ Fage is the standard to which I hold all other yogurts, even my own. It's the thickest, tangiest, smoothest and most satisfying. This is the product that made me fall in love with Greek yogurt. Though they state they use raw milk, they pasteurize it before they culture it as stated on their website.

Rating~ 5 moos

What is your favorite yogurt, Greek or otherwise?


  1. Fage is my favorite too. But I also like the Trader Joe's stuff with honey. Btw, I agree with you completely about Yoplait... more like yo-yuck if you ask me. :)

  2. I've never tried Greek yogurt...but with your review I am willing to try it! Thanks!

  3. I totally agree with you, Fage 0% is the bestest Greek yogurt ever. Once while I was on a business trip I stopped in a grocery store (Walmart) and all they had was the Yoplait Greek yogurt. What a joke! It was horrible, not even eatable. Fage is the only one for me.

  4. I've never had Greek yogurt. I usually make my own, because I hate sweet, flavored yogurt. I like the tangy stuff.

    Back when I lived in CA, I used to eat Mountain High. It was thick, creamy, and not at all sweet.

    As a kid, I hated yogurt, but I seem to remember eating the Yoplait lemon flavor. It was tangy but still sweet. Not a fond memory as I look back on it.

  5. Fage is by far my favorite as well. I especially like the duos with honey on the side. Yum!

    I agree wholeheartedly with your other spot-on reviews. I just wish that Greek yogurt varieties didn't cost so much.

  6. I puffy heart love Fage, but I buy Chobani because it is less expensive and it is actually pretty local to me.

  7. Oh- and my favorite yogurt is Silhouette 0+ in vanilla...nothing fancy. I'm not much of a yogurt eater, but I am trying to eat it more for the calcium and benefits of the bacteria in it.

  8. I can't stand flavored yogurts! I like greek yogurt and I usually add some granola in with.
    Really enjoy the blog!