Yogurt has traditionally been thought of as always being free from gluten. Lately, however, I have seen a ton of foods that I believed to be gluten-free containing hidden gluten, so I thought I would try to go a little more in-depth and check out the popular yogurt brands one by one to see what I could find.
Chobani Greek Yogurt
According to this article, Chobani is now the most popular brand of yogurt in the United States in 2012. This isn’t surprising; it tastes great and seems to be in every grocery and convenience store around. There are over ten different flavors of yogurt.
If you go to the Chobani website and click on an individual yogurt flavor, it shows the ingredients on the lower right. There are no gluten-containing ingredients, but more important, they list it as “gluten-free”. I know I’m not the only gluten-free eater who doesn’t feel safe unless the company says a product is gluten-free.
So, Chobani Greek Yogurt = GLUTEN-FREE!
Now, before Chobani stormed onto the yogurt scene, Yoplait was the big man on the campus. I remember our fridge being stocked with Yoplait yogurt while I was growing up, and I have to say, I was a pretty big fan.
You can check out the Yoplait nutritional information on each individual product here. I carefully read over the ingredients list and saw nothing that could be potentially worrisome for a gluten-free eater. It appears that all of the regular Yoplait yogurt is gluten-free; be sure to avoid the parfaits and anything else with oats and barley malt.
Also, if you are dairy-free, Yoplait makes a Lactose-Free Yogurt that I have heard many positive things about.
Yoplait Yogurt = GLUTEN-FREE!
Hmm, now things get a little interesting. I ate Dannon yogurt back in the day (before I was gf) and always enjoyed it, but there is a troubling statement for gluten-free eaters on their website…
“Gluten: This protein is found in wheat, oats, rye and barley. DANNON yogurt products are not formulated to contain gluten, but they can’t be considered gluten free. The natural system for stabilizing flavor might contain ingredients derived from gluten sources. Since there is a current lack of consensus on individual sensitivity levels to gluten, and there are no accurate tests to detect the presence and amount of gluten, DANNON yogurt cannot be classified as “gluten free.”
I have no idea what the “natural system for stabilizing flavor” might be, but I do know that I will be staying away Dannon yogurt until they can actually confirm their products are gluten-free.
Dannon Yogurt = NOT GLUTEN-FREE?!
I have never tried Stonyfield yogurt before, but after reading about their products and mission, I definitely will be soon. All of their yogurts are organic and made with the “Healthy People, Healthy Planet” motto.
According to their website, all of Stonyfield’s yogurts, smoothies, and soy yogurts (with the exception of YoToddler Plus Fruit and Cereal) are certified gluten-free by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization. Yay.
Stonyfield Yogurt = GLUTEN-FREE!
So, there is a rundown of four of the most popular brands of yogurt and their gluten situation. Only Dannon yogurt appears iffy, so stay away from it for now. Yogurt can be a wonderful source of calcium, live cultures, and other vitamins and minerals, so making it a regular part of your diet is a smart choice. As always, read your labels to double-check for gluten-containing ingredients; better safe than sorry!