Most people will say they want to incorporate healthier habits to improve their IBS symptoms, but just don’t know where to start. One food product IBS Life editors love to talk about is yogurt. Greek yogurt, specifically, contains billions of “good bacteria” (probiotics). These probiotics are part of a larger ecosystem within one’s body (the microbiome) and play a key role in maintaining a healthy gut balance.
Recently, the editorial team at IBS Life decided to take an unbiased taste test of six yogurt types. We rated each yogurt based on texture, color, and taste. The list below are yogurts that IBS Life editors ranked in order of our favorites.
1. FAGE (pronounced fa-yeh) Greek Yogurt
Their Greek yogurt comes with a higher calorie count because of all the beneficial protein it contains. Protein tends to help keep people fuller longer.
2. Two Good Low-fat Greek Yogurt
It’s true when they say this yogurt is t(w)o good! This product has 80% less sugar than the average Greek yogurt and is made with a unique, slow straining process that removes sugar from the milk, leaving only 2g of total sugar in each 5.3 oz cup.
3. Kite Hill Vanilla Almond Milk Yogurt
For those seeking a non-dairy option, Kite Hill makes an almond milk version and injects live, active probiotics into the mix. The “real” vanilla bean helps with the flavor. It’s not as “firm” as other Greek yogurt variety and looks more like a smoothie with a light beige color.
4. Silk Dairy-Free Yogurt
Say hello to smooth soy milk yogurt blended with a hint of vanilla. Oh, and it’s got 6 grams of plant-powered protein per serving. Like Kite Hill, this plant-based yogurt has a smoothie texture and beige color. P.S. be prepared for an aftertaste but don’t let that discourage you because it still contains billions of probiotics to feed the body’s microbiome.
5. Dannon Oikos Triple Zero Greek Non-fat Yogurt
Dannon’s Triple Zero is considered a synbiotic yogurt since it contains a high chicory root fiber, which is a source of prebiotic inulin. When people ingest prebiotics and probiotics the combination they work together synergistically in the GI tract, improving the microbiome significantly. Oikos is perfectly catered to those with IBS and other GI conditions.
6. Chobani Plain Non-fat Greek Yogurt
Surprisingly, Chobani ranked last in our taste test. It might be because we didn’t mix this yogurt to a smooth finish, or because we didn’t add any toppings to it; one of our teammates reports it is best whipped up, with added honey or other toppings. The makers of the brand say they never use artificial preservatives like milk protein, sweeteners, flavors, or animal-based thickeners.
One last thought
The main idea to remember when shopping for yogurt is to try different varieties until you find one that you like. After all what tastes great for one, may make someone else cringe (which is what happened during our taste test).
There are multiple choices today because, let’s be frank, the companies want to appeal to various folks. Those who suffer from diabetes may want a sugar-free option. People seeking to add the dairy into a weight-loss plan may either look for one that is low in calorie or higher in protein to stay full longer. And some may find the vegan versions a better choice.
Still don’t like the taste of yogurt but want the probiotics? Try kombucha. You can read about this fast-growing beverage here.