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Product Comparison: Chobani natural yoghurt vs Gippsland natural yoghurt

January 22, 2019

I decided to branch out and start to COMPARE products with each other. Often we are absolutely overwhelmed for CHOICE and what should be a simple shopping trip often turns into an hour long nutrition label reading session.

I decided to start by comparing Chobani natural yoghurt and Gippsland natural yoghurt.

Chobani, per 100g: 88 calories, 8.7g protein, 4.0g fat (2.6g saturated fat), 3.9g carbohydrate (2.7g sugars), 24mg sodium, 100mg calcium.

Gippsland, per 100g: 121 calories, 8.8g protein, 5.6g fat (3.8g saturated fat), 8.8g carbohydrate (7.4g sugars), 72mg sodium, 304mg calcium.

Despite both being considered natural yoghurt (and the full-fat version, not the skim/light/low fat version of yoghurt), the numbers appear to be a bit different!

Gippsland natural yoghurt is, overall, higher in everything, compared to Chobani natural yoghurt.

Notably, Gippsland natural yoghurt would be considered a moderate in sugar product (7.4g per 100g). It is also incredibly high in calcium at 304mg per 100g!

Chobani natural yoghurt, on the other hand, is a low sugar product (2.7g per 100g).

Comparing calories, Gippsland is 33 calories higher per 100g, meaning if you tend to eat a lot of yoghurt each day, switching to Chobani would have a fairly notable effect on your total caloric intake.

Given they are both the whole/full-fat yoghurt versions – their fat and saturated fat content is quite similar. Low saturated fat products are considered to be <1.5g of saturated fat per 100g. Neither of the yoghurts meets this criteria but the literature around high saturated fat dairy vs other high saturated fat foods tends to suggest that we should be less concerned about saturated fat derived from dairy than from other foods like biscuits, cakes, chocolates etc etc.

Both would be considered low sodium products.

Let’s not forget taste! Taste is highly personal. Food isn’t ALWAYS about nutrition… consider which one you PREFER (you may not even like either!) Not liking something isn’t a reason not to persist for a while – it takes time for our taste buds to adjust. But if you continue to dislike things after trying for a good while… move on!

In conclusion:
– If weight loss is your goal, Chobani is lower in calories (and the low fat version of this yoghurt is even lower)
– If you dislike dairy (or your child does!) but need to get your (or their) calcium intake up, Gippsland is very high calcium!
– *If you have high blood pressure and are concerned re sodium, neither of these products is high in sodium (or even moderate!). They are both low sodium (people with high blood pressure ideally should aim for foods with <120mg sodium per 100g).
– *If you are concerned about saturated fat (ie you have high cholesterol or a history of heart disease in the family), consider reducing other sources of saturated fat in your diet before you consider reducing your dairy intake for this purpose.
– *If you have diabetes and look at sugars closely, Chobani is a low sugar option (don’t forget though, blood glucose levels are affected by many things – not just total percent of sugar in a food – how much you eat, when you eat, what else is in that product, what else is in the meal etc etc can affect your blood sugar response.

*Lastly: medical conditions require personalised advice. Seek out an Accredited Practising Dietitian for advice specific to you and your needs.

I hope you enjoyed my first PRODUCT COMPARISON!

– Erica, Sportrition

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