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The Best Plain Non-Fat Yogurt Brands, Redux.

I found this thread and found a lot of helpful suggestions: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/414523 .

But my yogurt-hunt isn't finished. I've recently decided to weed out chemical-ly foods from my diet, and I'm at a halt when it comes to this cremey food staple. Yesterday I begrudingly bought Plain Non-Fat La Yogurt yogurt at my local supermaket, which would be fine -- if it weren't for the "non-fat milk-solids". I don't want milk-solids, pectin, or worse, ingredient names I can't even pronounce in my yogurt. Unfortuneately, given my choices there, it beat out it's competitors.

Essentially I'm looking for a tub of non-fat, plain yogurt with no other ingredients (except the live active bacterial cultures).

Fage is one (and delicious, too), but it's so expensive.

Does anyone have any other suggestions?

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  1. Not sure where you are, but I'm in LA and buy Strauss Farms and it's about a dollar cheaper than a tub of Fage.

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      1. re: Sunshineness

        Strauss is pretty much the polar opposite of Fage in texture. Fage is very thick, almost cheeselike, while Strauss is very runny. I hope that makes you feel better.
        :-)

    1. Well, I buy Fage, no matter the price (although it's slightly cheaper now that I can buy the 500 gm tubs at Costco). There's a new Greek yogurt people have been recommending called Oikos that's available at Whole Foods (and presumably other places). Before I gave into spending the $$ on Fage, I tried a lot of yogurts and the only nonfat I really liked was Pavel's (I think that's a regional brand on the West Coast, though). Straus is "European style" which means it's the exact opposite of Fage/Greek yogurt, in that it's a lot runnier that American-style yogurts. I don't know what you have against milk-solids, though. Yogurt is made of milk solids, and the fact that they added more milk solids to give it more body doesn't make it "chemically."

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      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        Thanx for your comment, but I still prefer not to have milk-solids in my yogurt. Maybe chemical isn't the right word to describe it, but it's most definitely processed. Not to push, but here's a link to the ol' mighty wiki to sway your opinion: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Powdered...

        I suppose it's like concentrated juice, but for milk.

        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          Oops, I guess I should have read the whole thread before posting....

          1. re: jlafler

            Bad sister! When I went looking for the large Fage tubs at the Costco near your house I couldn't find them in with the regular yogurt -- I finally found it in it's very own refrigerated display case in the deli area. It loooked like a Fage alter!

          2. re: Ruth Lafler

            Oikos costs just as much as Fage, within a few cents. I don't like it as much.

          3. Fage, you get what you pay for.

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            1. re: pikawicca

              I went I bought and I concede! Just what I wanted. I bought the Greek-style, and looked for the European, but they didn't have any. I'll try again!

              Thanx again, pikawicca.

            2. * Trader Joe's European Style Yogurt - a lot runnier than Fage
              * Trader Joe's Greek Yogurt - cheaper than Fage
              * Nancy's Organic Yogurt (available at Stop & Shop in New England)

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              1. re: jeni1002

                Nice. I can't recall what, but I remember perusing the ingredients of Nancy's and I had to move on. But I'm definitely going to try Trader Joe's after I'm done with my current tub.

                1. re: Sunshineness

                  Definitely try TJ's Greek style non-fat! I actually prefer is over Fage and the nutritional information is actually even better!

                  1. re: mollyomormon

                    ooh, mollyo, did i convert you from fage to TJ's?

                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                      You totally did!!! All the credit should go to ghg for my switch from Fage to TJ's greek yogurt!

                      1. re: mollyomormon

                        i don't need the credit, i'm just glad you like it! always makes me happy when someone is pleased with my suggestion or advice :)

                  2. re: jeni1002

                    Ditto on the European Style- I actually don't like Fage all that much, feels too much like bad grade school puddings. But the TJ's has this lovely tang, and if you layer it with fruit because it's drippier (uh, word?) you get a bit of sweet and soft yogurt all at the same time!

                  3. I haven't checked the Dannon ingredients label in a long time because I buy the Fage 0%...but what if you made your own creamy non-fat from the Dannon Non-fat? I understand it's just a matter of straining it for a few hours in cheesecloth, is that right?

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                    1. re: Val

                      I'm not certain. WCchopper made a similar comment, and again, sounds great, but I just don't know how.