oikos-organic-yogurtI love yogurt, not only because it tastes great, but also because it is a very healthy part of my diet.  The main ingredient in yogurt is milk, live and active cultures, plus other ingredients such different fruit and flavors, fortified with vitamins.   Yogurt is made by adding cultures of certain bacteria to milk. These microorganisms convert the lactose in the milk to lactic acid. The lactic acid gives yogurt its characteristic tart taste and causes the milk to form a soft curd.

Yogurt is a great source of calcium, for strong bones, as well as an aid  to speed up metabolism and improve digestion.

If you use yogurt, you already know that there are many different companies producing it, and in many different textures and flavors, as well as calorie counts.  There are regular yogurts, light yogurts, fat free yogurts, organic yogurts, baby yogurts, and lately I came across Oikos Organic Greek Yogurts, made by Stonyfield Organic Farms.

In the chart below, I have compared Oiko’s Organic Greek Nonfat Vanilla yogurt (I was not able to find any Low Fat Oikos Greek yogurt), with Stonyfield Low Fat Organic Vanilla yogurt, and Low Fat Vanilla store brand yogurt.   The Oikos Organic Greek yogurt is made by Stonyfield Farm, is very thick, creamy, has the least sugar and sodium, and is high in protein.  All Stonyfield organic yogurts are made with 5-6 live active cultures, which most yogurts (like the store brand here), use only enough live active culture to meet the requirements.  The flavor used in Stonyfield organic yogurts is also obtained from organic ingredients.  The blueberry, vanilla and honey flavors, which I tried in the Oikos Organic Greek yogurt,  were very natural tasting,  as if you were having fresh fruit, real vanilla bean, and raw honey.

I was very surprised by the large variance in all the listed Nurtition Facts groups  in the Stonyfield Low Fat yogurt versus the store brand Low Fat yogurt.   As you can see the store brand yogurt is much higher in calories, total fat, sodium and sugar, and contains half the calcium, fo the organic yogurt.  The price of the Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt was $2.19, the Stonyfield Low Fat Organic yogurt was $1.99, and the store brand Low Fat yogurt was $.89.  So here is proof to the famous quote: “you get what you pay for”.

My daughter buys only the Stonyfield baby yogurt for her daughter, and my granddaughter absolutely loves it!

Nutrition Facts Oikos Organic Greek Nonfat Vanilla yogurt Stonyfield Low Fat Organic Vanilla yogurt Low Fat Vanilla store brand yogurt
Calories 110 130 170
Calories from fat 0 0 15
Total Fat 0 0 1.5g
Sugar 11g 24g 28g
Sodium 60mg 111mg 95mg
Protein 15g 7g 6g
Calcium 20% 30% 15%
Ingredients 5 live active cultures 6 live active cultures Meets National Yogurt Association Criteria for live and active cultures
Taste and texture Very thick and creamy Half the thickness of Oikos Smooth and not as creamy, and much thinner texture
Slightly tart As tart as Oikos Quite tart
Real vanilla bean taste Same as Oikos Tastes like instant vanilla pudding
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4 Responses

  1. Kristina

    June 3rd, 2009 at 8:28 am

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    Hi Vlodia,

    Thank you so much for such an informative review! Interesting chart that you have compiled….

    Glad to hear that you enjoyed the Oikos, and also glad to hear that your granddaughter is a fan of YoBaby!!

    Thanks again, and take care.

    Kristina
    Stonyfield Farm

  2. suburbangrandma

    June 7th, 2009 at 6:12 am

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    Kristina, thank your for stopping by and for your comments.
    Stonyfield yogurt will always be on our shopping list, and Oikos Greek Organic yogurt in our recipes.

  3. Kathie

    July 2nd, 2010 at 12:15 pm

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    I have been reading online about yogurt, I ran across this while googling the Stonyfield yogurt and I guess I’m confused. After a lot of research, I went to the store planning to purchase organic yogurt. That is, until I saw the calories and then the sugar! All the Stonyfield yogurt have very high amounts of sugar in comparison to all the other brands like Yoplait, Dannon, etc. I’m trying to limit (I would say eliminate but that seems impossible) my sugar intake. Is the sugar so high in these because of the fruit? I was just wondering if you happened to know….

  4. Suburban Grandma

    July 2nd, 2010 at 11:12 pm

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    I would think it must be the fruit, plus the different formulas each company uses to prepare their yogurt. Looking at my comparison table, you can see the difference in grams of sugar in the three I compared. None of them have any fruit, yet the sugar contents varies do much between them. I will check with a food scientist, and get back to you with additional feedback.


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