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10 Best Healthy Yogurts 2022 | UK Nutritionist Reviewed

Yogurt makes a delicious snack or fuss-free breakfast and can be great for digestion and bone health. But finding a healthy one can be tricky since brands often pack their products with hidden sugars and unnatural flavourings. Onken, Alpro and Yeo Valley all have a huge range; but which is the best? Whether you prefer low-fat, Greek-style, flavoured or dairy-free vegan yogurt, it’s good to be aware of what makes a yogurt healthy and what to avoid. 

To help you pick a satisfying, creamy yogurt that will give you a boost of protein, calcium, and probiotics without unnecessary calories or a sugar overload, we have come up with a list of the ten best products available in the UK. We've also sought out nutritionist Jenna Hope's advice to give you a better insight into the versatility and benefits that yogurt has to offer. 

Last updated 08/08/2022
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With Specialist Consultation From Nutritionist Jenna Hope

With Specialist Consultation From Nutritionist Jenna Hope

Jenna Hope has an undergraduate and a master's degree in nutrition. She is registered with the Association for Nutrition and is hugely passionate about ensuring that products which claim to be healthy really are as they say. Jenna works with individuals, brands, corporate clients, and the media to help people with the smart ways nutrition can change their life.


Keep up-to-date with Jenna through her website and Instagram page where she shares her advice on not only nutrition but also mental wellness and some absolutely delicious, yet healthy recipe ideas for you to try at home!

Learn More About Maintaining Good Gut Health From Jenna Hope

Whether you're new to the world of gut health or looking to amp up your already gut-focussed diet, we've got a fantastic selection of products to help you along the way - all chosen by our expert nutritionist! So head over and have a read of Jenna's top picks from gut-friendly kefir to five been salads.

How to Choose a Healthy Yogurt in the UK – Buying Guide

There are tons of yogurts on the market all claiming to boost your health and taste like a dream, but what we look for in a yogurt needs to be guided by our desired outcomes, body type and health habits. Let’s have a look at what a healthy yogurt contains and what is best avoided when buying one of these creamy snacks.

① Know What Nutritional Information to Look for in a Healthy Yogurt and What to Avoid

When picking a yogurt, you should look for a certain balance of nutrition if you want to get the best from your creamy snack. Here are our tips on what brings benefits to a yogurt and what can make them unhealthy.

To Lose Weight, Reduce Risk of Heart Disease and Avoid Energy Slumps, Look For Yogurts With a Low Sugar Content

To Lose Weight, Reduce Risk of Heart Disease and Avoid Energy Slumps, Look For Yogurts With a Low Sugar Content

Oh, sugar: the white stuff is cited as being the biggest cause of weight gain and retention, so if you’re trying to slim down the sugar content should be your first port of call. As well as weight gain, sugar is also believed to increase our risk of heart disease, diabetes and acne.


Another issue with sugary yogurts is that they give us a burst of energy followed by a slump. This can mean gloomy feelings, lethargy or both; exactly the opposite of what a protein-rich yogurt should do for our energy levels and mood. For a healthy yogurt, seek out a product with no more than 5g of the sweet stuff per 100g.

Jenna Hope
Nutritionist
Jenna Hope's Comment

Yoghurts should be free from added sugars, natural yoghurt contains some natural sugars from lactose which is the naturally occurring milk sugar. Added sugars contribute to a blood sugar peak and crash and as a result may lead to increased sugar cravings. 


Additionally added sugars can increase the total calories within the yoghurt. An overconsumption of energy can contribute to an increased risk of weight gain.

Some Fat Can Be Good, But Read the Label to Avoid Yogurts With Too Much Saturated Fat

Some Fat Can Be Good, But Read the Label to Avoid Yogurts With Too Much Saturated Fat
Saturated fats are what we need to avoid when choosing a healthy yogurt, as these fats can raise cholesterol. It’s recommended that men should take in no more than 30g of saturated fat each day, and women no more than 20g. When picking a yogurt, the healthiest option should be one with 1.5g of saturates per 100g or less.


It’s worth keeping in mind that low-fat products can be perfectly healthy too. The key is to check they have a healthy sugar content because extra sugar is often used in low-fat yogurts to compensate for flavour. A yogurt low in sugar and fat is, of course, win-win!

Jenna Hope
Nutritionist
Jenna Hope's Comment

Healthy fats otherwise known as unsaturated fatty acids play an important role in supporting brain health, joint health, and hormone function. Saturated fats are the less healthy fats and those which we want to limit in the diet. 


Saturated fatty acids contribute to a risk of heart disease and therefore it's recommended to consume no more than 10% of your total energy intake from saturated fats. Any yoghurt which contains more than 5g per 100g is classified as high in saturated fats. Aim for yoghurts that contain less than 1.5g per 100g.

Check the Label for the Protein, One of Yogurt’s Biggest Benefits

Check the Label for the Protein, One of Yogurt’s Biggest Benefits
One of the key benefits of eating yogurt is to take in protein, which contributes to muscle growth and cell reproduction. We are advised to eat a good amount of protein per day: 56g for the average man and 46g for the average woman, so yogurt can be an important source of this tissue-building nutrient.


A yogurt with 10g of protein per 100g is considered a high-protein food, but even yogurts containing as little as 3g of protein provide a worthwhile amino acid boost (the compounds found in protein which promote healthy growth.)

Jenna Hope
Nutritionist
Jenna Hope's Comment

Protein plays an important role in supporting cell function, healthy skin, hair, and nails alongside hormone production and muscle growth and repair. Dairy yoghurt contains around 10g of protein per 100g. For those individuals who consume a dairy-free diet, where possible opt for soya yoghurt as this contains around 4g of protein per 100g which is higher than other dairy-free yoghurts such as coconut.

Look Out for Yogurts With Vitamins and Calcium for Bone and Heart Health

Look Out for Yogurts With Vitamins and Calcium for Bone and Heart Health
Vitamin A is important for bone growth and development, while Vitamin D and Calcium continue to support bone health as you get older. Calcium is also beneficial to your muscles, heart and nervous system, so look out for yogurts with 120mg of calcium per 100g.
Jenna Hope
Nutritionist
Jenna Hope's Comment

Yoghurt is a great source of calcium which plays an important role in bone and teeth function. It is also a really good source of iodine which plays a role in thyroid function and B-vitamins, particularly vitamin B12 which plays a key role in maintaining energy and can be challenging to get on a vegan diet. Therefore, for individuals relying on dairy-free yoghurt, ensure they're fortified with calcium, vitamin B12, and vitamin D as a bare minimum.

② Live Yogurt Cultures Encourage Good Bacteria in Your Gut for Healthy Digestion

Live Yogurt Cultures Encourage Good Bacteria in Your Gut for Healthy Digestion
A traditional yogurt – like many modern yogurt products – is made by fermenting milk along with a live bacteria culture such as lactobacillus acidophilus, bifidobacterium and streptococcus thermophilus. The benefits of eating yogurt cultures are primarily gut health and improved digestion, as well as stronger bones.


Some yogurt also contains probiotics; living bacteria which can keep your intestines functioning healthily. Keep an eye out for names such as L. casei and L. acidophilus on your yogurt’s ingredients list for a flat tum and less bloating.

Jenna Hope
Nutritionist
Jenna Hope's Comment

When it comes to picking your yoghurt ensure that they contain live cultures as many yoghurts nowadays do not. Live cultures are the probiotic component of yoghurt which provide good bacteria to support a healthy gut function. A healthy gut is essential for supporting optimal digestion, the guts ability to absorb micronutrients and contributes to long-term wellbeing.

③ For the Healthiest Yogurts, Choose Ones Containing Fewer Ingredients Such as Natural Greek Yogurt

For the Healthiest Yogurts, Choose Ones Containing Fewer Ingredients Such as Natural Greek Yogurt
Pure yogurt is really only supposed to contain two ingredients; whole milk and live cultures. The more ingredients you see on the label, the further the product will be from a traditional yogurt.


If you are looking for lots of flavour, you’re better off picking a plain yogurt and adding fruit or nuts yourself rather than choosing yogurts with artificial additives that give them a sweet taste but won’t be so good for you. Plain and natural Greek and Greek-style yogurts are particularly high in protein and lower in sugar than many other yogurt types, so are often one of the healthiest options.

Jenna Hope
Nutritionist
Jenna Hope's Comment

Yoghurts should be free from artificial flavourings. Where possible opt for yoghurts which contain no added sugars or sweeteners. Greek yoghurt and natural yoghurt are the best options as they're free from artificial additives. 


Do be aware that Greek-style yoghurt is not the same as Greek yoghurt. It's important to remember that the fats in yoghurt help to increase the absorption of some of the key fat-soluble nutrients found in yoghurt e.g. Vitamin D. Therefore, fat-free is not always preferable.

④ Dairy-Free Yogurts: Ideal If You’re Vegan or Lactose Intolerant But Keep Fat and Sugar in Mind

Dairy-Free Yogurts: Ideal If You’re Vegan or Lactose Intolerant But Keep Fat and Sugar in Mind
Whether you’re a fully paid-up vegan or simply trying to avoid lactose, dairy-free yogurts are readily available to buy in the UK and taste just as good as the real thing.


Since they rely on plant proteins for their consistency and flavour, some vegan yogurts can be high in fat (coconut-milk based yogurts) and sugars (other plant-based products), so make a point of checking the label so as not to buy a product which exceeds the healthy limit.

Jenna Hope
Nutritionist
Jenna Hope's Comment

Dairy-free yoghurts are a great option for those who abstain from dairy. Where possible opt for soya yoghurt due to the higher protein content than many other dairy-free options.


Additionally, be aware of added sugars and flavourings and where possible opt for dairy-free yoghurts which have been fortified with calcium, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D as a minimum. You may also wish to look for yoghurts fortified with iodine (although these are limited on the market at the moment).

⑤ Artificial Sweeteners are Not the Enemy: Pick a Yogurt With a Sweet Hit Without a Blood-Sugar Spike

Artificial Sweeteners are Not the Enemy: Pick a Yogurt With a Sweet Hit Without a Blood-Sugar Spike
The idea of an artificial sweetener may seem like the opposite of a healthy choice, but according to research by the UK’s National Health Service and the UK charity Cancer Research, there is a large body of evidence to prove artificial sweeteners are safe for human consumption and are not linked to cancer.


While some may sound like ingredients to avoid, they are all approved by the European Food Safety Authority and there is no daily limit for these kinds of sweeteners. They provide a sweet flavour to your yogurt without increasing blood-sugar levels, so are ideal sugar alternatives. Nevertheless, if you experience any discomfort from consuming them, it is best to avoid yogurts with high-levels in them.

Jenna Hope
Nutritionist
Jenna Hope's Comment

Artificial sweeteners may contribute to gastrointestinal symptoms in individuals who suffer with IBS. It's not recommended to consume these in excess as we're unsure of the chronic over-consumption of these on the gut microbiome. Additionally, artificial sweeteners increase the desire for sweet foods and do not prevent cravings.

10 Best Healthy Yogurts in the UK

Now you know what you’re looking for, check out our picks of the top ten healthy yogurts. Your preference will obviously depend on what you value most; low-fat, low-sugar, high protein or dairy-free. There’s something on the list for every need and taste!
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Fage

Total 0% Fat Free Greek Natural Yogurt

Fage Total 0% Fat Free Greek Natural Yogurt 1枚目

Simple, Low-Fat and Protein-Packed

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Alpro

Vanilla Soya Yogurt Alternative

Alpro Vanilla Soya Yogurt Alternative  1枚目

Creamy, Protein-rich and Suitable for Everyone

3

Arla

Skyr Simply Natural Fat Free High Protein Yogurt

Arla Skyr Simply Natural Fat Free High Protein Yogurt 1枚目

Icelandic Yogurt Goodness With No Added Nonsense

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Henna

Natural Live Set Very Low Fat Yogurt

Henna Natural Live Set Very Low Fat Yogurt 1枚目

Cheap and Cheerful Yogurt that Ticks Every Box

5

Arla

Protein Passion Fruit & Papaya Yogurt

Arla Protein Passion Fruit & Papaya Yogurt 1枚目

Protein Power With a Tropical Fruit Kick

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Onken

Natural Set Biopot Yogurt

Onken Natural Set Biopot Yogurt 1枚目

Simply Delicious No-Frills Set Yogurt

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Yeo Valley

Family Farm Kefir Natural Organic Yogurt

Yeo Valley Family Farm Kefir Natural Organic Yogurt 1枚目

Live Cultures for Gut Health

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Koko

Dairy Free Plain Yogurt Alternative With Live Cultures

Koko Dairy Free Plain Yogurt Alternative With Live Cultures 1枚目

Dairy-Free With a Coconut Hit

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Danone

Light & Free Greek Style Peach Passion Fruit Yogurt

Danone Light & Free Greek Style Peach Passion Fruit Yogurt 1枚目

Fruity, Flavourful and Low in Fat

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Yeo Valley

Family Farm Natural Organic Yogurt

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A Thick and Creamy Organic Treat

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No.1

FageTotal 0% Fat Free Greek Natural Yogurt

£1.95

Simple, Low-Fat and Protein-Packed

With only 3g of sugar for every 100g of yogurt and no fat whatsoever, you’ll be surprised how scrummy, thick and luxurious this yogurt manages to taste!

With a whopping 10.3g of protein, tummy-loving live cultures and 120mg of calcium on top, Fage (pronounced Fa-Yeh) 0% is a guilt-free treat that pairs divinely with a scoop of peanut butter and a handful of blueberries. The best of a delectable bunch.
No.2

Creamy, Protein-rich and Suitable for Everyone

This delicious dairy-free vegan yogurt has an irresistible flavour and a smooth, silky consistency. Low in fat, low in sugar and with a decent level of protein on the side, this yogurt is a brilliant healthy option.

As well as 120mg of calcium, Alpro vanilla soya manages to pack in Vitamins D and B12. It even has live cultures, despite being entirely milk (and therefore lactose) free! Yum.
No.3

ArlaSkyr Simply Natural Fat Free High Protein Yogurt

£1.25

Icelandic Yogurt Goodness With No Added Nonsense

Skyr is Iceland’s answer to Greek yogurt; a cultured dairy product with a similar creamy consistency and a slightly milder taste. This product is low in sugar and saturated fats, packed with protein and bursting with live cultures, so you can snack safe in the knowledge your yogurt is doing great things for your cells and stomach alike.

This product has no additional calcium or vitamins, but its thick, wholesome consistency is surprisingly filling and its unique flavour makes it an unrivalled snack when the mid-morning ‘h-anger’ begins to kick in.
No.4

HennaNatural Live Set Very Low Fat Yogurt

£1.10

Cheap and Cheerful Yogurt that Ticks Every Box

With only one ingredient, this natural live set yogurt is low in sugars and saturated fats and is a healthy source of calcium and protein for strength and growth.

It has the added benefit of multiple live cultures which will work with your intestines to keep your digestive organs healthy and functioning. A straightforward healthy choice and a bargain to boot, this tasty yogurt has all your health bases covered.
No.5

ArlaProtein Passion Fruit & Papaya Yogurt

£1.00

Protein Power With a Tropical Fruit Kick

This yogurt is made from quark, which is warmed, curdled and strained soured milk. It is super low in saturated fat and has an impressive 10.1g of protein per 100g, making it a top option if you’re hoping to build muscle or need a post-workout snack.

While it’s high in protein as the name suggests, this yogurt does not contain any added vitamins or calcium. Quark is also not a probiotic, so it’s not the choice if you’re picking a yogurt for digestion. The sugar levels in this yogurt are higher than the recommended 5g per 100g, but it’s worth noting that these are naturally occurring in the fruit ingredients.
No.6

Simply Delicious No-Frills Set Yogurt

This yogurt is low in sugar and packed with the live cultures proven to help our digestive system function. With plenty of calcium and a good protein content too, this simple, flavoursome yogurt is a great snack or dessert.

It doesn’t have any added vitamins and is slightly above the recommended saturated fat levels, but only contains one ingredient, milk, so is overall a healthy option, great for pairing with nuts, fruit or honey.
No.7

Yeo ValleyFamily Farm Kefir Natural Organic Yogurt

£1.50

Live Cultures for Gut Health

Kefir is a tangy, cultured, fermented milk drink and this Yeo Valley kefir yogurt boasts all the health benefits of billions of live bacteria. The product contains calcium and phosphorus; another mineral essential for healthy bones and has a low level of saturated fat.

This yogurt has a little protein, but not loads. It is also slightly over the recommended sugar content per 100g, but as the only two ingredients are organic milk and live kefir cultures, this sugar will only be what is naturally occurring in the milk.
No.8

KokoDairy Free Plain Yogurt Alternative With Live Cultures

£2.00

Dairy-Free With a Coconut Hit

This delicious coconut-milk yogurt is a flavourful alternative to dairy products. It is a good source of calcium and vitamins D and B12, despite containing no milk. With live cultures and sensibly low sugar content, you can be kind to your gut without sending your blood sugar soaring.

As is sometimes the case with plant-based yogurts, Koko Dairy Free is fairly low in protein. As it’s derived from coconut milk, it also has a slightly higher saturated fat content than the recommended amount, but bear in mind that overall, saturated fats are not as risky to your health as sugar.
No.9

DanoneLight & Free Greek Style Peach Passion Fruit Yogurt4 Pack

£2.00

Fruity, Flavourful and Low in Fat

If you fancy a yogurt with some fruity flavour, why not try Danone’s Light and Free Greek-style peach and passion fruit flavour yogurt? Extremely low in saturated fat, and providing calcium, protein and Vitamin D, this is a perfect option if you find plain yogurt uninspiring.

Even though there is lots of evidence to suggest artificial sweeteners are a perfectly safe and healthy sugar alternative, the fact that this yogurt contains a couple may be off-putting for some. Even with this added flavourings, the product’s sugar content is a little higher than recommended.
No.10

Yeo ValleyFamily Farm Natural Organic Yogurt

£1.25

A Thick and Creamy Organic Treat

This organic yogurt only contains organic milk and the live cultures Bifidobacterium, Lactobacillus Acidophilus and Streptococcus Thermophilus which promise to improve your digestive health. No need to worry about pesky additional flavours and preservatives, too! 

Yeo Valley’s natural yogurt is a good source of protein and calcium. The product’s sugar and saturated fat levels are higher than your recommended intake, but keep in mind the sugar is only from the lactose naturally occurring in milk.

Give Your Meals a Healthy Boost With Jenna Hope's Tips

Give Your Meals a Healthy Boost With Jenna Hope's Tips

"Yoghurt is great for adding to soups, curries and stews. It's also delicious when stirred into porridge or served with a berry compote for breakfast in the morning. Yoghurt can be so versatile and is, therefore, a really brilliant source of protein, calcium, iodine and vitamins B12 and D which are all required to support long-term health."

Other Healthy Snack Ideas

Other Healthy Snack Ideas

Curious about other ways to keep the late morning or afternoon hunger pangs away? Lucky for you, there are many healthy snack options available online: take a scroll through our other recommendation articles!

Summary

That concludes our rundown of the healthiest yogurts you can find online this year. We hope now you know what to search for you can skip the sugary treats and choose a moreish snack which packs a protein punch and great flavour. Spoons at the ready!


Author: Annie Hopkins 

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