Yogurt continues to grow in popularity. Sales now top seven billion dollars a year. A lot of the latest growth is propelled by Greek-style yogurt. Most yogurts are nutritious and a good source of calcium. 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 2 grams of sugars per 8-ounce cup. That seemed really low. The other plain Greek yogurts Consumer Reports looked at had 5 to 10 grams of sugars per cup.
So Consumer Reports tested 6 samples and found that the Whole Foods yogurt averaged 11 grams of sugar—more than 5 times the label’s claim.
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.
The Whole Foods yogurt received a “Good” rating In Consumer Reports taste tests, 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 eight grams of fat and 27 grams of sugars per cup.