healthy yoghurts

Review Are Healthy Yoghurts Better for Our Kids?

When I started weaning both my boys, yoghurt was the first thing everyone recommended to me.

I’ve always tried to buy healthy yoghurts – ones that are low in sugar, with no artificial sweeteners, and preferably organic.

I like to think these are better for us than the sugar-laden, processed alternatives, but what do kids think about them? My boys and I did a little taste test to find out!

‘Healthy’ Yoghurts

I found four brands of healthy yoghurt. Two were labelled organic and the other two are marketed as being low in sugar. We chose to test all products in a strawberry flavour to make it fair.

Our chosen brands were:

  • Little Angels organic fromage frais
  • Yeo Valley Little Yeos fromage frais
  • The Collective suckies yoghurt pouch
  • Shaken Udder yoghurt pouch

Little Angels Organic Fromage Frais

Little Angels is Asda’s own brand, meaning it’s exclusive to the supermarket. I’ve bought this yoghurt before for my boys in a variety of flavours. It’s £1 for a pack of six, which to me is great value.

According to the label, they’re free from artificial colours and flavours. Looking through the ingredients, the only sweetener I can see is agave syrup which is a natural sugar. The sugar content per pot is 4.1g but it doesn’t come from processed sugar so perhaps it’s slightly better for us. It did have a very sweet taste, but there was a definite strawberry flavour. It was also quite thick – perfect for babies learning to spoon feed themselves.

This one was my three year old’s favourite, although when I asked him what it tasted of, he said “yoghurt”!

Little Yeos Fromage Frais

These also come in a pack of six and are £1.65 per pack. This particular pack comes with three strawberry pots and three raspberry ones. They’re available in all four major supermarkets (worth noting – they’re £1.50 in Morrisons!).

Billed as organic and with no added sugar, the only sweetener I can find in the ingredient list is fruit puree. These are less sweet and have that typical yoghurt-y bitterness. It’s also runnier so the boys got in a bit more of a mess feeding themselves with this one!

There are a lot more ingredients in these compared to the Little Angels ones, but they’re not necessarily bad. The word “organic” features six times in the ingredients on the raspberry pots and five times on the strawberry.

Overall I would still class these as a healthy yoghurt. The sugar content per pot is the same as the Little Angels one but this pot is 5g smaller.

Little Yeo’s came a close second with my boys, whereas my oldest couldn’t decide between the two.

The Collective Suckies Pouch

I buy The Collective pots for myself as their flavours are amazing. Mama’s got to eat too, right?

I’ve always been a fan of pouches for my kids and I didn’t know they did a kids’ pouch until I started researching. I’ll definitely be buying these more in the future.

The downside is that they’re sold individually and cost 75p per pouch. To get the same amount as the multipacks above, it would cost £4.50! These have no added sugar and are also gluten free. You can freeze the pouches, making them perfect for teething babies or hot summer days.

It’s a 100g pouch so per pouch, there’s 8.2g of sugar. Compared to the pots which are 50g, these only have 0.1g more.

The boys finished this one the quickest – but that could be because they didn’t have to use a spoon. This one tasted the best to me. It’s not too sweet and has a good fruit flavour.

Shaken Udder YogOaty Pouch

Here we tried the strawberry and banana flavour. It was the only one where there wasn’t a plain strawberry option available. This was a completely new brand to us and one I won’t be buying again.

Each pouch is 70g and cost 75p, the same as The Collective. As suggested in the name, this yoghurt has added oats and that’s all we could taste. No strawberry or banana, no yoghurt bitterness, only the cardboard oatyness.

Per pouch, there’s 7.1g of sugar. For comparison to the other pots, that’s around 5g of sugar per 50g. This gives these the highest sugar content out of the four we tested. Still, they do state that they’re all naturally occurring, with no added sugars or sweeteners.

This yoghurt had quite a thick texture and reminded me a lot of baby food.

The Result

After testing these four healthy children’s yoghurts, I would suggest buying low sugar yoghurts where possible (so long as the sugar is not replaced by sweeteners!).

Three of the ones we tested had a perfectly pleasant taste – and our favourite turned out to be the cheapest.

It just goes to show that healthy and organic yoghurts don’t have to be expensive.

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