{"id":610336571698,"title":"Is Chobani Healthy? A Dietitian Answers","created_at":"2024-02-04T13:17:09-05:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"Is Chobani Healthy? A Dietitian Answers\",\n \"keywords\": \"is chobani healthy\",\n \"description\": \"Our research team and dietitian analyze the ingredients in Chobani yogurt to give our take on whether or not the brand is healthy. 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The company describes their yogurt as \"crafted from farm-fresh local milk\" and an \"excellent source of protein.\"\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eBut is yogurt shown to improve human health in research studies? How do the ingredients in Chobani's yogurt compare to other popular yogurt brands? Does Chobani use any questionable additive ingredients? And how do real users rate and describe the taste of Chobani?\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn this article we'll answer all of these questions and more, as we review clinical studies on yogurt to give our take on whether or not it's a generally healthy food product.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThen we'll analyze the ingredients in Chobani yogurt to share our opinion on whether or not it's healthy compared to other yogurt brands.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWe'll also feature unsponsored customer reviews of the brand.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eIs Yogurt Good for You?\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe health effects of yogurt have been studied in various clinical trials.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/pmid\/35114943\/\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/a\u003e published in the \u003cem\u003eBMC Microbiology\u003c\/em\u003e journal found that \u003cstrong\u003eyogurt consumption was associated with favorable changes in the gut microbiome, and also had a modest weight-loss effect.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA 2014 \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/pmid\/24695886\/\"\u003epopulation study\u003c\/a\u003e reported that yogurt can increase the nutritional status and health of older adults.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eYogurt is rich in probiotics; a class of living organisms shown to positively influence gut health, as we documented in our \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/spring-valley-probiotic-review\"\u003eSpring Valley Probiotic reviews\u003c\/a\u003e article.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC8579104\/\"\u003esystematic review\u003c\/a\u003e published in the \u003cem\u003eNutrition Reviews\u003c\/em\u003e journal found that \u003cstrong\u003eyogurt consumption was associated with reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes, reduced risk of developing certain types of cancer, and improved bone health.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eOverall, we consider yogurt to be an exceptionally nutritious food product, and to be healthy for most individuals.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eIngredient Analysis\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"Chobani Greek Yogurt Vanilla ingredients\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Chobani_Greek_Yogurt_Vanilla_Ingredients_Optimized.png?v=1707075501\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe ingredients in Chobani Greek Yogurt Vanilla are shown above.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eCultured nonfat milk\u003c\/strong\u003e is the core active ingredient, but Chobani fails to clarify on their product page whether or not this ingredient is sourced from pastured or conventionally-raised animals.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAnimal products sourced from grass-fed animals are nutritionally richer than from conventionally-raised animals, as we discussed in our \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/is-noosa-yogurt-healthy\"\u003eis Noosa yogurt healthy\u003c\/a\u003e article.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eCane sugar\u003c\/strong\u003e is a refined form of sugar, and we know from a 2022 \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/pmid\/36119103\/\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/a\u003e that excessive intake of sugar is associated with inflammation in the body.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eOne cup of Chobani Greek Yogurt Vanilla only provides 18% of the Daily Value (DV) of sugar, but since many Americans already consume too much sugar in their diet, we think that choosing a yogurt brand without added sugar is a healthier choice.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eNatural flavors\u003c\/strong\u003e is a broad, categorical term that fails to identify the specific flavoring compounds used.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eThis class of compounds may include synthetic chemicals\u003c\/strong\u003e according to a \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/29140655\/\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/a\u003e published in the \u003cem\u003eFood and Drug Law Journal\u003c\/em\u003e.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eVanilla extract\u003c\/strong\u003e, \u003cstrong\u003elemon juice concentrate\u003c\/strong\u003e and the six live and active probiotic cultures are all health-promoting compounds.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eOverall, we consider Chobani Greek Yogurt to be a relatively healthy option and to be healthier than many commercial alternatives, however we don't currently recommend this product due to our concerns about dairy sourcing, and the use of cane sugar and natural flavors.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eWhich Chobani Flavor is Healthiest?\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eChobani has five different yogurt product lines: Greek Yogurt, Flip (high-protein), Less Sugar, Zero Sugar and Creations.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eChobani Less Sugar is the healthiest of all five options in our opinion.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eChobani Less Sugar still has natural flavors and may be sourced from conventionally-raised animals, but it has around 50% less added sugar per serving than regular Chobani.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eGiven our concerns about added, refined sugar, one may think that Zero Sugar version would be the healthiest.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBut Chobani Zero Sugar contains a preservative and flavor enhancer called citric acid that's \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC6097542\/\"\u003eclinically shown\u003c\/a\u003e to cause inflammation in some individuals, according to \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.heb.com\/product-detail\/chobani-zero-sugar-blueberry-yogurt-5-3-oz\/5408030\"\u003ethis product listing\u003c\/a\u003e on the HEB website.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eChobani vs. the Competition\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eHere's our take on the healthiness of Chobani compared to other popular yogurt brands:\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003eFage\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eContains less added sugar per serving than Chobani. Also has natural flavors and no distinction about grass-fed vs. conventional sourcing.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eWinner: Fage\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003eSiggi's\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eContains added sugar and has no distinction about grass-fed vs. conventional sourcing, but is free of natural flavors.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eWinner: Siggi's\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003eYoplait\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eContains more added sugar than Chobani per serving.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eContains preservatives and citric acid and natural flavors and synthetic vitamin additives.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eWinner: Chobani\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eReal People Try Chobani\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA dietitian named Nicole Hoskens did a taste test of various Chobani flavors, and shared her thoughts on whether or not the brand is healthy:\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe title=\"YouTube video player\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/Y-g1yVKs9JY?si=UEkqVtede4Cmdx8S\" height=\"315\" width=\"560\" allowfullscreen=\"\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" frameborder=\"0\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA TikTok creator named \"fitgirlhales\" suggests that Chobani Flips can make healthy desserts:\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cblockquote style=\"max-width: 325px; min-width: 325px;\" data-video-id=\"7091409521146367274\" cite=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/@fitgirlhales\/video\/7091409521146367274\" class=\"tiktok-embed\"\u003e\n\u003csection\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/@fitgirlhales?refer=embed\" title=\"@fitgirlhales\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e@fitgirlhales\u003c\/a\u003e @Chobani plz sponsor me these flip yogurts are diet hack 101 🙏🏼 \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/chobaniflip?refer=embed\" title=\"chobaniflip\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e#chobaniflip\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/healthydessert?refer=embed\" title=\"healthydessert\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e#healthydessert\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/fitgirlsoftiktok?refer=embed\" title=\"fitgirlsoftiktok\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e#fitgirlsoftiktok\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/fyp?refer=embed\" title=\"fyp\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e#fyp\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/music\/original-sound-7091409509221976874?refer=embed\" title=\"♬ original sound - hb122\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e♬ original sound - hb122\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/section\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cscript src=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/embed.js\" async=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eOur Clean Yogurt Pick\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Yogurt_Image.png?v=1697429320\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"https:\/\/amzn.to\/46L74pS\"\u003eMaple Hill Creamery Organic Yogurt\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003eis our top yogurt pick.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eThis brand uses whole milk sourced exclusively from grass-fed cows, and has no added sugars or flavoring additives.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe only ingredients in this yogurt brand are whole milk sourced from grass-fed cows and live and active cultures.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eInterested consumers can check out Maple Hill Creamery Organic Yogurt\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"https:\/\/amzn.to\/46L74pS\"\u003eat this link\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003eto the product page on the brand's official Amazon store.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eConclusion\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eYogurt is a healthy addition to the diet because it's naturally rich in probiotics and calcium.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWe generally recommend yogurt brands without added sugar.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eChobani Greek Yogurt contains added, refined sugar in the form of cane sugar. It also contains natural flavors and the brand fails to clearly document its dairy sourcing on its product page.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eFor these reasons, we don't currently recommend Chobani yogurt from a nutritional perspective.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eChobani Less Sugar is the healthiest yogurt option sold by the brand in our opinion, because it has less added sugar per serving.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWe consider Chobani to be healthier than older brands of yogurt like Yoplait, but we consider the brand to be less healthy than newer brands of yogurt that don't add refined sugar and flavoring compounds.\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2024-02-04T23:59:35-05:00","updated_at":"2024-02-05T00:12:30-05:00","summary_html":"We analyze the ingredients in Chobani yogurt to give our take on whether or not the brand is healthy. 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Is Chobani Healthy? A Dietitian Answers

Is Chobani Healthy? A Dietitian Answers


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Chobani is one of the most popular yogurt brands in the US. The company describes their yogurt as "crafted from farm-fresh local milk" and an "excellent source of protein."

But is yogurt shown to improve human health in research studies? How do the ingredients in Chobani's yogurt compare to other popular yogurt brands? Does Chobani use any questionable additive ingredients? And how do real users rate and describe the taste of Chobani?

In this article we'll answer all of these questions and more, as we review clinical studies on yogurt to give our take on whether or not it's a generally healthy food product.

Then we'll analyze the ingredients in Chobani yogurt to share our opinion on whether or not it's healthy compared to other yogurt brands.

We'll also feature unsponsored customer reviews of the brand.

Is Yogurt Good for You?

The health effects of yogurt have been studied in various clinical trials.

A medical review published in the BMC Microbiology journal found that yogurt consumption was associated with favorable changes in the gut microbiome, and also had a modest weight-loss effect.

A 2014 population study reported that yogurt can increase the nutritional status and health of older adults.

Yogurt is rich in probiotics; a class of living organisms shown to positively influence gut health, as we documented in our Spring Valley Probiotic reviews article.

A systematic review published in the Nutrition Reviews journal found that yogurt consumption was associated with reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes, reduced risk of developing certain types of cancer, and improved bone health.

Overall, we consider yogurt to be an exceptionally nutritious food product, and to be healthy for most individuals.

Ingredient Analysis

Chobani Greek Yogurt Vanilla ingredients

The ingredients in Chobani Greek Yogurt Vanilla are shown above.

Cultured nonfat milk is the core active ingredient, but Chobani fails to clarify on their product page whether or not this ingredient is sourced from pastured or conventionally-raised animals.

Animal products sourced from grass-fed animals are nutritionally richer than from conventionally-raised animals, as we discussed in our is Noosa yogurt healthy article.

Cane sugar is a refined form of sugar, and we know from a 2022 medical review that excessive intake of sugar is associated with inflammation in the body.

One cup of Chobani Greek Yogurt Vanilla only provides 18% of the Daily Value (DV) of sugar, but since many Americans already consume too much sugar in their diet, we think that choosing a yogurt brand without added sugar is a healthier choice.

Natural flavors is a broad, categorical term that fails to identify the specific flavoring compounds used.

This class of compounds may include synthetic chemicals according to a medical review published in the Food and Drug Law Journal.

Vanilla extract, lemon juice concentrate and the six live and active probiotic cultures are all health-promoting compounds.

Overall, we consider Chobani Greek Yogurt to be a relatively healthy option and to be healthier than many commercial alternatives, however we don't currently recommend this product due to our concerns about dairy sourcing, and the use of cane sugar and natural flavors.

Which Chobani Flavor is Healthiest?

Chobani has five different yogurt product lines: Greek Yogurt, Flip (high-protein), Less Sugar, Zero Sugar and Creations.

Chobani Less Sugar is the healthiest of all five options in our opinion.

Chobani Less Sugar still has natural flavors and may be sourced from conventionally-raised animals, but it has around 50% less added sugar per serving than regular Chobani.

Given our concerns about added, refined sugar, one may think that Zero Sugar version would be the healthiest.

But Chobani Zero Sugar contains a preservative and flavor enhancer called citric acid that's clinically shown to cause inflammation in some individuals, according to this product listing on the HEB website.

Chobani vs. the Competition

Here's our take on the healthiness of Chobani compared to other popular yogurt brands:

Fage

Contains less added sugar per serving than Chobani. Also has natural flavors and no distinction about grass-fed vs. conventional sourcing.

Winner: Fage

Siggi's

Contains added sugar and has no distinction about grass-fed vs. conventional sourcing, but is free of natural flavors.

Winner: Siggi's

Yoplait

Contains more added sugar than Chobani per serving.

Contains preservatives and citric acid and natural flavors and synthetic vitamin additives.

Winner: Chobani

Real People Try Chobani

A dietitian named Nicole Hoskens did a taste test of various Chobani flavors, and shared her thoughts on whether or not the brand is healthy:

A TikTok creator named "fitgirlhales" suggests that Chobani Flips can make healthy desserts:

@fitgirlhales @Chobani plz sponsor me these flip yogurts are diet hack 101 🙏🏼 #chobaniflip #healthydessert #fitgirlsoftiktok #fyp ♬ original sound - hb122

Our Clean Yogurt Pick

Maple Hill Creamery Organic Yogurt is our top yogurt pick.

This brand uses whole milk sourced exclusively from grass-fed cows, and has no added sugars or flavoring additives.

The only ingredients in this yogurt brand are whole milk sourced from grass-fed cows and live and active cultures.

Interested consumers can check out Maple Hill Creamery Organic Yogurt at this link to the product page on the brand's official Amazon store.

Stay up-to-date on our research reviews

Conclusion

Yogurt is a healthy addition to the diet because it's naturally rich in probiotics and calcium.

We generally recommend yogurt brands without added sugar.

Chobani Greek Yogurt contains added, refined sugar in the form of cane sugar. It also contains natural flavors and the brand fails to clearly document its dairy sourcing on its product page.

For these reasons, we don't currently recommend Chobani yogurt from a nutritional perspective.

Chobani Less Sugar is the healthiest yogurt option sold by the brand in our opinion, because it has less added sugar per serving.

We consider Chobani to be healthier than older brands of yogurt like Yoplait, but we consider the brand to be less healthy than newer brands of yogurt that don't add refined sugar and flavoring compounds.