Greek yogurt is flying off supermarket shelves across North America. The high-protein content fits with consumers in a health-conscious market – and yogurt in general has gained major popularity in recent years.
It’s a market that has seen several producers jump on the bandwagon, providing a good selection and plenty of competition for consumers to choose from. Loblaws (SuperValue) has its own brand, while Oikos, Danone and Liberté have products of their own. The nutritional profile is similar in most of the 0% fat free variations, the version I recommend, but some are made better than others.
Costco (Kirkland) has debuted its own version that has become my preference of late. It has the same nutritional profile as Liberté’s fat free version – 18g protein / 0g fat / 6g carbs per 3/4 cup serving – and is available in Winnipeg as a three pack for less than $9. On average, one tub of the other brands runs you $4-5 per 500g tub, making Kirkland’s a no brainer.
Disclaimer: Watch out for the “flavoured” variations. They are packed with added sugar. Stick to the natural, fat-free versions from Kirkland and Liberté. Loblaw’s brand isn’t bad too, but it’s a little higher in carb content and doesn’t quite have the same creamy taste as the other two. Note: Kirkland isn’t listed on the chart below, but it has the same profile as Liberté on the far left. (For a larger version of the chart, click here http://www.liberte.ca/sn_uploads/fck/AN.jpg)