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The company claims their yogurt has no fat, no added sugar and no artificial sweeteners.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eBut what's actually in Oikos Triple Zero, and is it unhealthy? Does the brand use any questionable additive ingredients? Is Oikos Triple Zero healthier than other popular yogurt brands like Chobani? And why was the company sued?\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn this article we'll answer all of these questions and more, as we analyze the ingredients in Oikos Triple Zero based on clinical studies, to give our take on whether or not the brand is healthy.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWe'll compare the healthiness of Oikos Triple Zero to other yogurt brands like Chobani and Fage, and explain why the company was sued in 2019.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eIngredient Analysis\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"Oikos Triple Zero Mixed Berry flavor ingredients\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Oikos_Triple_Zero_Mixed_Berry_Flavor_Ingredients_Optimized.png?v=1710529039\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe ingredients in the Mixed Berry flavor of Oikos Triple Zero are shown above.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eCultured grade A non fat milk\u003c\/strong\u003e is unsurprisingly the first ingredient, but \u003cstrong\u003ethe brand fails to clarify on their product page whether this milk is sourced from grass-fed or conventionally-raised cows.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThis is important from a nutritional perspective, because dairy from grass-fed animals is richer in vitamins and minerals than dairy from conventionally-raised animals, as we documented in our review of \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/is-noosa-yogurt-healthy\"\u003eNoosa Yogurt\u003c\/a\u003e.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eStevia leaf extract\u003c\/strong\u003e is used as a sweetener, and we consider this to be a healthier sweetener than refined sugar, because stevia is \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/37138480\/\"\u003eclinically shown\u003c\/a\u003e to have an anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic effect.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eVegetable juice concentrate\u003c\/strong\u003e is an excellent choice for a colorant, and much healthier than synthetic food dye.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cem\u003eS. thermophilus\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e and \u003cstrong\u003e\u003cem\u003eL. bulgaricus\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e are the two probiotic species included in this yogurt, and these two species were shown in a 2018 \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/29767727\/\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/a\u003e to support gut barrier function.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eNatural flavors\u003c\/strong\u003e is the only ingredient we take issue with, because this may include chemicals such as\u003cspan\u003e solvents and preservatives, according to a 2009 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/19041920\/\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eOverall, we don't consider Oikos Triple Zero to be unhealthy, but we don't currently recommend it\u003c\/strong\u003e due to the inclusion of natural flavors and the failure to clarify milk sourcing.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eOikos vs. the Competition\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eHere's our take on the healthiness of Oikos Triple Zero compared to other popular yogurt brands:\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003eChobani\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLike Oikos, Chobani yogurt contains natural flavors and fails to clearly publish whether their dairy is from grass-fed or conventionally-raised animals.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eHowever, \u003cstrong\u003eChobani uses refined cane sugar\u003c\/strong\u003e, as we documented in our article on \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/is-chobani-healthy\"\u003eis Chobani healthy\u003c\/a\u003e. We consider refined, added sugar to be less healthy than stevia extract (the sweetener in Oikos).\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eWinner: Oikos\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003eActivia\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eContains natural flavors and same issue with dairy ingredient sourcing.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAlso contains citric acid, which is \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC6097542\/\"\u003eclinically shown\u003c\/a\u003e to cause inflammation in some individuals.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eWinner: Oikos\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003eOui\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThis brand, owned by Yoplait, uses added cane sugar and has the same issue with dairy ingredient sourcing, making it functionally similar to Chobani.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eHowever, \u003cstrong\u003eOui uses glass bottles, which is a healthier choice than the plastic bottles used by Oikos\u003c\/strong\u003e, because plastics used in food manufacturing are \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/pmid\/34488348\/\"\u003eclinically shown\u003c\/a\u003e to leach into food and become ingested, posing health risks.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eWinner: Tie\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eDoes Oikos Cause Weight Loss?\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA YouTube creator named Gabriel Dunkin claims that Oikos Triple Zero yogurt helped with his weight loss and fitness journey:\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/uFbAX5VlLhc?si=5ENTTuCIE9J6vk3n\" title=\"YouTube video player\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; 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Is Oikos Triple Zero Unhealthy? An RD Answers

Is Oikos Triple Zero Unhealthy? An RD Answers


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Oikos Triple Zero is a high-protein yogurt brand owned by Danone. The company claims their yogurt has no fat, no added sugar and no artificial sweeteners.

But what's actually in Oikos Triple Zero, and is it unhealthy? Does the brand use any questionable additive ingredients? Is Oikos Triple Zero healthier than other popular yogurt brands like Chobani? And why was the company sued?

In this article we'll answer all of these questions and more, as we analyze the ingredients in Oikos Triple Zero based on clinical studies, to give our take on whether or not the brand is healthy.

We'll compare the healthiness of Oikos Triple Zero to other yogurt brands like Chobani and Fage, and explain why the company was sued in 2019.

Ingredient Analysis

Oikos Triple Zero Mixed Berry flavor ingredients

The ingredients in the Mixed Berry flavor of Oikos Triple Zero are shown above.

Cultured grade A non fat milk is unsurprisingly the first ingredient, but the brand fails to clarify on their product page whether this milk is sourced from grass-fed or conventionally-raised cows.

This is important from a nutritional perspective, because dairy from grass-fed animals is richer in vitamins and minerals than dairy from conventionally-raised animals, as we documented in our review of Noosa Yogurt.

Stevia leaf extract is used as a sweetener, and we consider this to be a healthier sweetener than refined sugar, because stevia is clinically shown to have an anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic effect.

Vegetable juice concentrate is an excellent choice for a colorant, and much healthier than synthetic food dye.

S. thermophilus and L. bulgaricus are the two probiotic species included in this yogurt, and these two species were shown in a 2018 clinical trial to support gut barrier function.

Natural flavors is the only ingredient we take issue with, because this may include chemicals such as solvents and preservatives, according to a 2009 medical review.

Overall, we don't consider Oikos Triple Zero to be unhealthy, but we don't currently recommend it due to the inclusion of natural flavors and the failure to clarify milk sourcing.

Oikos vs. the Competition

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

Chobani

Like Oikos, Chobani yogurt contains natural flavors and fails to clearly publish whether their dairy is from grass-fed or conventionally-raised animals.

However, Chobani uses refined cane sugar, as we documented in our article on is Chobani healthy. We consider refined, added sugar to be less healthy than stevia extract (the sweetener in Oikos).

Winner: Oikos

Activia

Contains natural flavors and same issue with dairy ingredient sourcing.

Also contains citric acid, which is clinically shown to cause inflammation in some individuals.

Winner: Oikos

Oui

This brand, owned by Yoplait, uses added cane sugar and has the same issue with dairy ingredient sourcing, making it functionally similar to Chobani.

However, Oui uses glass bottles, which is a healthier choice than the plastic bottles used by Oikos, because plastics used in food manufacturing are clinically shown to leach into food and become ingested, posing health risks.

Winner: Tie

Does Oikos Cause Weight Loss?

A YouTube creator named Gabriel Dunkin claims that Oikos Triple Zero yogurt helped with his weight loss and fitness journey:

Why Was Oikos Sued?

In 2019, the manufacturer of Oikos was sued due to allegations of false advertising.

According to Truth in Advertising, the plaintiffs alleged that one flavor of the yogurts contained more of an isolated flavoring compound than whole vanilla, which made it false advertising to claim that the yogurt was flavored with "Vanilla and other Natural Flavors."

The lawsuit has since settled.

In our opinion, this is a relatively weak argument and fails to uncover any ethical violations on the part of Danone.

The ingredient list was accurate, and consumers should be using that information to make healthy purchase decisions.

We do not consider this a cause for concern about the brand.

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.

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Conclusion

Oikos Triple Zero is not unhealthy by any means.

In fact, we consider this product likely to improve the health of most Americans, given its nutrient density and probiotics.

We don't currently recommend Oikos Triple Zero because we consider it likely to be sourced from conventionally-raised animals, and because of the inclusion of natural flavors.

However, these are relatively minor concerns, and we consider Oikos Triple Zero healthier than most of its competitors.

In particular, the fact that this brand uses stevia extract rather than refined cane sugar is a healthy substitution.

Oikos was sued for false advertising in 2019, but the lawsuit has since settled and we don't consider its arguments to be convincing.