You may have noticed the latest product to hit the shelves, protein yoghurts. Whilst this isn’t a new idea, it seems to have increased in popularity lately and as such more brands have introduced there own versions. The packing is generally labelled as, high protein, low calorie and all natural, and comes in an array of flavours. It’s also priced quite a bit higher than the average yoghurt, so its important to know what your paying for.
How do they differ from normal yoghurt?
Firstly to state the obvious, they have a high protein content. In order to build lean muscle mass, the institute of medicine recommends 1.2g of protein be consumed, per kg of bodyweight, per day. So for a 70kg person, that’s 84g of protein a day. On average, the small single serves tubs of protein yoghurt contain 15g of protein.
I recently compared the Chobani FiT protein yoghurt and the plain Greek Chobani yoghurt. Per serve, the plain Greek yogurt has, 0.8g less of protein, 11.6g more sugar and 11.1g more carbohydrate, than the protein yoghurt. So protein wise, plain Greek yoghurt is very similar, however it has a higher sugar and carbohydrate content. See below:
FiT protein yoghurt. Plain Greek Yoghurt
It is worth noting, that compared to other non Greek yoghurts, the high protein yoghurt has about 10g per serves of extra protein.
The ingredients look quite similar, however the protein yoghurt uses the artificial sweetener, stevia and the plain yoghurt uses sugar. The jury is still out on stevia, as to whether its actually a better alternative than sugar. Its an individual choice, however personally I always prefer ingredients in their simplest form, for me that’s plain old sugar.
One thing to be aware of with all yoghurts, is that once you add in flavours, such as strawberry, mixed berry and passionfruit, the sugar content generally increases as well. However, with the Chobani FiT yogurts, the sugar content increase with different flavours is very minimal, around 0.3g.
All things considered, the high protein yoghurt is certainly a healthy option, especially if your like me and looking to increase your protein intake. I mix mine with some homemade granola and have it as a snack, boosting my daily protein intake.