natural vs. greek yoghurt

Natural vs. Greek yoghurt (video)

So when I first was going low sugar, swapping from my Muller Lights to my natural yoghurt was a big (& at the time quite painful) step. I used to eat a fruity low calorie yoghurt everyday for years after my lunch.

After trying lots of different natural and Greek yoghurts over the past lower sugar period of my life, I decided it would be quite useful to know what the difference is and state the key things to look out for when buying healthy yoghurts. Hence the inspiration for this weeks video.

p.s. in the video I mention grams of fat and this is with reference to per 100g.

p.p.s. I’ve just noticed I’m wearing my same striped top as the last video. Bad wardrobe decisions there….

What brands of yoghurt are you currently eating? Do or did you have a low fat sugary yoghurt habit to contend with? I’ve now made it easier to leave comments below so please let me know your thoughts and I would love it if you’ve got any questions I can help with xx

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12 replies
  1. Heather Dove says:

    Thanks for giving advice on sugar in various foods. I have just been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and need all the advice I can get.

    • Laura says:

      Hi Heather, sorry to hear about your diagnosis. You know some can reverse Type 2 diabetes, especially if you’ve recently been diagnosed, so have faith! Just keep learning and you’ll soon get the hang of it, avoiding sugar seems overwhelming and hard at the start but it does get easier :) x

  2. Diana says:

    Hi Laura, like you I ate at least one of the low fat, sugary yogurts every day for years. Since coming across your website last year that has changed! I currently buy Morrisons Natural Yogurt. Not the low fat one. It has 3.7% fat (like milk) and 9% sugars (from milk). It was much nicer to change to the ‘normal’ natural yogurt as the taste is so much nicer than the low fat natural – much more creamy tasting than its 3.7% would suggest. After all 3.7% is hardly high fat. My advice is to find any natural yogurt that you like ( if you like the Greek ones they are usually 8% – 12% I think) stop worrying about the fat(its minimal really) and you will find that you can change!. Remember you need the fat for the fat soluble vitamins too – not all fat is bad! A good way to change too is to add some berries (I put some frozen ones in a tub with the yogurt and they thaw by lunchtime) to wean yourself off the added sugar. Those yogurts of yesteryear taste awful now! Like tea with sugar in!! Best wishes, Diana

    • Laura says:

      Hi Diana. Great advice there, I bet you’re enlightening people all around you to more delicious satisfying yoghurt spreading the message! I’m the same, I mix it up these days and buy the Yeo Valley one, a cheap Lancashire Farm one from Morrisons (which I really like the taste of) and then a 2% Total when I see it (lots of places don’t stock it and only have the 0% – I expect this will change when the fat realisation catches on more widely!).

  3. Sarah says:

    Love this video, thanks Laura!

    I’m a very new subscriber, and until last week I was eating Greek ‘style’ yoghurt from Tesco. I switched to Total and it’s completely different, and I love it. I mix cinnamon in to sweeten it just a little, and have it with raspberries and topped with flaxseed. Delicious! I was interested to ask you how much I should eat maximum of Greek yoghurt in a day? I’ve got a big 500g tub of the Total 0% Greek yoghurt (4g sugar per 100g) and could gladly eat a couple of those a day but not sure how much is too much :)

    Thank you for kicking my subscription off to a great start, love your blog and advice so far :)

    • Laura says:

      Hi Sarah, Thanks for your comment :) Sounds like you’ve got some lovely combinations going on there – I love flaxseed in yoghurt too. In answer to your question, ‘a couple of’ 500g tubs a day is quite a lot of yoghurt. I would say it’s just important to get variety in your diet (i.e fill yourself up on a good range of nutrients) so by eating so much yoghurt you’re missing out on eating other healthy foods to nourish you. 1-2 portions of 180g a day is probably the most I would eat, but if it’s helping you avoid the refined sugar and helping with some tougher sweet habit changes then a little more won’t harm :) x

      • Sarah says:

        Thanks Laura! I should just clarify that I DON’T eat 1kg of yoghurt (phew I hear you cry!), but that I could quite easily as I really love it. It DOES stop me eating bad stuff like chocolate though, especially when I pair it with something sweet like cherries.

  4. Alison says:

    How can I tell if the sugar in a yogurt is natural lactose or added fructose?

    Weight watchers do yogurts that are 4ish grams of sugar per 100g but why do I get the feeling that they are NOT a good choice?

    • Laura says:

      Hi Alison,

      Unfortunately there is no way of telling what is lactose and what is fructose on products like yoghurts. You’re best bet to work it out is to assume that about 4g per 100g is the lactose and anything above is potentially fructose. With the Weight Watchers – I’m not sure which ones you’re talking about but if they only have 4g of sugar per 100g (note NOT per pot) then check the ingredients for artificial (chemical) sweeteners. All artificial sweeteners will have a zero count towards sugar but won’t help you tame your cravings in the long run, so important to be aware of that. Reply with a link to them and I’ll check them out :)

      Laura x

  5. Anna Roberts says:

    Hi Laura,

    This video is great – I’m now used to the natural and greek yoghurt tastes, rather than the sickly fruity ones. It’s such a common misconception that those are healthy for you and I’m trying to spread the word too.

    Out with sugar, in with fat!

    Btw, I hope this helps for your blog feedback – this new comment system is a lot easier to use than the previous :) x

    • Laura says:

      Whoop whoop, thanks Anna. I know I don’t know why I didn’t change it earlier doh! It’s so nice to chat in the comments as sometimes I felt I was writing into a void in the universe. I predict as time goes on and more people get wise to fruity yoghurts and buying power shifts to natural, there won’t be such a big fridge full of them in the supermarket – I still see that and am amazed at it all sometimes!


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