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10 Best Healthy Yogurts for Digestion and More in the UK 2021

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. 

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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!

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.

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

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
Though it seems logical that a healthy yogurt will be lower in fat – especially when we’re trying to get in shape – studies suggest people who consume normal or full-fat dairy products lose weight more quickly than those who opt for low-fat alternatives.
According to the UK’s National Health Service, a little fat is essential as part of a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Our bodies can’t produce fatty acids themselves, so we need some in our diets as they help us absorb essential minerals and nutrients such as vitamin A, D and E.
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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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).

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

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.

Top 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!
10

Yeo ValleyFamily Farm Natural Organic Yogurt

£1.25

Weight500g
Nutrition (per 100g)Sugar: 5.6g, Saturated Fat: 2.9g, Protein: 5.1g, Calcium: 163mg
Live CulturesYes
Dairy FreeNo
Added SweetenersNone
9

DanoneLight & Free Greek Style Peach Passion Fruit Yogurt

4 Pack

£2.00

Weight115g
Nutrition (per 100g)Sugar: 5.8g, Saturated Fat: <0.1g, Protein: 4.7g, Calcium: 161mg, Vitamin D
Live CulturesNo
Dairy FreeNo
Added SweetenersAcesulfame K, Sucralose
8

KokoDairy Free Plain Yogurt Alternative With Live Cultures

£2.00

Weight500g
Nutrition (per 100g)Sugar: 4.3g, Saturated Fat: 4.2g, Protein: 0.6g, Calcium: 160mg, Vitamins D & B12
Live CulturesYes
Dairy FreeYes
Added SweetenersDextrose
7
Weight350g
Nutrition (per 100g)Sugar: 5.4g, Saturated Fat: 1.4g, Protein: 4.7g, Calcium: 181mg, 132mg Phosphorus
Live CulturesYes
Dairy FreeNo
Added SweetenersNone
6
Weight500g
Nutrition (per 100g)Sugar: 3.4g, Saturated Fat: 2.4g, Protein: 3.7g, Calcium: 119mg
Live CulturesYes
Dairy FreeNo
Added SweetenersNone
5
Weight200g
Nutrition (per 100g)Sugar: 7.5g, Saturated Fat: 0.5g, Protein: 10.1g
Live CulturesNo
Dairy FreeNo
Added SweetenersFruit Juice
4

HennaNatural Live Set Very Low Fat Yogurt

£1.10

Weight1kg
Nutrition (per 100g)Sugar: 3g, Saturated Fat: 0.11g, Protein: 3.63g, Calcium: 0.15mg
Live CulturesYes
Dairy FreeNo
Added SweetenersNone
3
Weight450g
Nutrition (per 100g)Sugar: 4g, Saturated Fat: 0.1g, Protein: 10.6g
Live CulturesYes
Dairy FreeNo
Added SweetenersNone
2
Weight500g
Nutrition (per 100g)Sugar: 2.2g, Saturated Fat: 0.4g, Protein: 3.9g, Calcium: 120mg, Vitamins D and B12
Live CulturesYes
Dairy FreeYes
Added SweetenersSugar
1
Weight500g
Nutrition (per 100g)Sugar: 3g, Saturated Fat: 0g, Protein: 10.3g, Calcium: 120mg
Live CulturesYes
Dairy FreeNo
Added SweetenersNone

Compare the Best Healthy Yogurts

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1
Fage Total 0% Fat Free Greek Natural Yogurt 1

Fage

2
Alpro Vanilla Soya Yogurt Alternative  1

Alpro

3
Arla Skyr Simply Natural Fat Free High Protein Yogurt 1

Arla

4
Henna Natural Live Set Very Low Fat Yogurt 1

Henna

5
Arla Protein Passion Fruit & Papaya Yogurt 1

Arla

6
Onken Natural Set Biopot Yogurt 1

Onken

7
Yeo Valley Family Farm Kefir Natural Organic Yogurt 1

Yeo Valley

8
Koko Dairy Free Plain Yogurt Alternative With Live Cultures 1

Koko

9
Danone Light & Free Greek Style Peach Passion Fruit Yogurt 1

Danone

10
Yeo Valley Family Farm Natural Organic Yogurt 1

Yeo Valley

Name

Total 0% Fat Free Greek Natural Yogurt

Vanilla Soya Yogurt Alternative

Skyr Simply Natural Fat Free High Protein Yogurt

Natural Live Set Very Low Fat Yogurt

Protein Passion Fruit & Papaya Yogurt

Natural Set Biopot Yogurt

Family Farm Kefir Natural Organic Yogurt

Dairy Free Plain Yogurt Alternative With Live Cultures

Light & Free Greek Style Peach Passion Fruit Yogurt

Family Farm Natural Organic Yogurt

Features

Simple, Low-Fat and Protein-Packed

Creamy, Protein-rich and Suitable for Everyone

Icelandic Yogurt Goodness With No Added Nonsense

Cheap and Cheerful Yogurt that Ticks Every Box

Protein Power With a Tropical Fruit Kick

Simply Delicious No-Frills Set Yogurt

Live Cultures for Gut Health

Dairy-Free With a Coconut Hit

Fruity, Flavourful and Low in Fat

A Thick and Creamy Organic Treat

Price£1.95£1.00£1.25£1.10£1.00£1.00£1.50£2.00£2.00£1.25
Weight500g500g450g1kg200g500g350g500g115g500g
Nutrition (per 100g)Sugar: 3g, Saturated Fat: 0g, Protein: 10.3g, Calcium: 120mgSugar: 2.2g, Saturated Fat: 0.4g, Protein: 3.9g, Calcium: 120mg, Vitamins D and B12Sugar: 4g, Saturated Fat: 0.1g, Protein: 10.6gSugar: 3g, Saturated Fat: 0.11g, Protein: 3.63g, Calcium: 0.15mgSugar: 7.5g, Saturated Fat: 0.5g, Protein: 10.1gSugar: 3.4g, Saturated Fat: 2.4g, Protein: 3.7g, Calcium: 119mgSugar: 5.4g, Saturated Fat: 1.4g, Protein: 4.7g, Calcium: 181mg, 132mg PhosphorusSugar: 4.3g, Saturated Fat: 4.2g, Protein: 0.6g, Calcium: 160mg, Vitamins D & B12Sugar: 5.8g, Saturated Fat: <0.1g, Protein: 4.7g, Calcium: 161mg, Vitamin DSugar: 5.6g, Saturated Fat: 2.9g, Protein: 5.1g, Calcium: 163mg
Live CulturesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesNoYes
Dairy FreeNoYesNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNo
Added SweetenersNoneSugarNoneNoneFruit JuiceNoneNoneDextroseAcesulfame K, SucraloseNone
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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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