How to Buy the Healthiest Yogurt

Spoon up calcium, probiotics and great taste with our yogurt-shopping primer.

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All about yogurt

by Donna Fennessy

Yogurt has earned itself a reputation as a true health-food superstar. But know this: "Yogurt can turn into junk food really quickly," says Caroline Kaufman, RDN, a nutrition expert in San Francisco and an expert panelist for the Health Must-Eat List. Even if you skip the obvious offenders, like yogurts with crushed cookies or candy toppings, some pile on the sugar and excess calories. With so many choices out there—since 2010 alone, 671 new yogurt products have hit store shelves—how can you be sure you're choosing wisely? These guidelines will lead you to the standouts.

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