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Coconut yoghurt – which one is best?

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I, like many other Australians, love yoghurt.

On average we eat around 7 kilograms a year, and, according to Dairy Australia, this figure is gradually rising.

If, like me, you spend a lot of time mooching around the dairy section of the supermarket, you might have noticed the influx of coconut-flavoured yoghurts on shelves. The popularity of yoghurt combined with the ‘buzz’ ingredient coconut is a no-brainer, and regardless of where you stand on its health benefits (read my thoughts on the Dineamic website here), most will agree that coconut tastes delicious.

So which one is best? I’ve reviewed 4 popular coconut yoghurts based on taste, price and nutrition. Read on to see how they stack up.

Jalna Pure Coconut Yoghourt 200gphoto 3

$3.07

Ingredients: Pasteurised whole milk, cream, coconut fruit (20%), (coconut water, fruit juice concentrate, corn starch), fruit juice concentrate, live cultures (lactobacillus acidophilus, bifidobacterium, lactobacillus casei.

Taste: I usually love Jalna yoghurts, so was disappointed to find myself unimpressed with this one. The texture is semi-solid like a true Greek yoghurt, and the taste isn’t too bad, but when the fruit and ‘juice’ at the bottom of the container is mixed in, it has a distinct taste of coconut essence.

Rating: 2 stars

Nutrition: Made with Jalna’s Sweet & Creamy Greek yoghurt, it’s surprising to see that it’s also the lowest in sugar of all dairy yoghurts I tried. Apart from that, though, it’s relatively low in protein and calcium, and the highest in fat of the three dairy options. Something that really irks me about this product is its nutrition information panel. There are actually two serves per container, so the information ‘per serve’ relates to half of the container’s contents. Admittedly, the container is resealable, and the whole 200g is pretty generous, but I question whether many people would realise or follow through with only eating half.

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Sneaky Jalna…

Rating: 3 stars

Per serving (100g) Per 100g
Energy (kj) 544 544
Protein (g) 3.8 3.8
Fat, Total (g) 9.0 9.0
       – saturated 6.1 6.1
Carbohydrate (g) 10.1 10.1
       – sugars 9.6 9.6
Calcium (mg) 85 85

Five:am coconut 170gphoto 1-2

$2.49

Ingredients: Organic low fat milk, organic coconut mix (water, organic coconut cream (2.2%), organic unrefined sugar, corn starch, natural flavour, rice extract), organic unrefined sugar, organic milk solids, live cultures (including probiotics acidophilus and bifidus).

Taste: I’m a big fan of Five:am, both for their great-tasting yoghurt, and the fact that it is produced locally in Melbourne. The yoghurt is smooth, and runnier than the others, with a subtle coconut flavour. I can’t exactly fault it, but don’t enjoy it enough to repurchase.

Rating: 3.5 stars

Nutrition: Five:am is the lowest in energy of 4 products (per 100g), and the highest in calcium, both great selling points for an on-the-go snack. A downside, however, is the sugar content. This was the only product containing added sugar in the actual yoghurt, and no matter how ‘organic’ and ‘unrefined’ it is – it’s still sugar.

Rating: 3.5 stars

Per serving (170g) Per 100g
Energy (kj) 610 359
Protein (g) 7.9 4.7
Fat, Total (g) 3.5 2.1
       – saturated 2.2 1.3
Carbohydrate 21.5 12.7
       – sugars 20.5 12.1
Calcium 187 110

Chobani coconut low fat Greek yogurt 170gphoto 2-2

$2.48

Ingredients: Fat-free yogurt (80%) [Skim milk, S.Thermophilus, L.Bulgaricus, L.Acidophilus, Bifidus, L.Casei], Fruit on bottom (20%) [Water, sugar, coconut (10%), vegetable gums (pectin, locust bean gum), natural flavours].

Taste: Being Greek yoghurt, this product is more solid than liquid, which I much prefer. It tastes great, and both the yoghurt and ‘fruit on the bottom’ have the most natural coconutty taste of all dairy-based yoghurts tested. It doesn’t taste too sweet and has that characteristic ‘tart’ taste that yoghurt should have.

Rating: 4.5 stars

Nutrition: The stand out feature of all Chobani yoghurts is their high protein content – almost 4 times that in COYO, and over double Jalna’s coconut yoghourt. It’s also low in total and saturated fat, and contains a reasonable amount of calcium – but the same can be said for sugar, which is relatively high due to the fruit layer’s added sugar.

Rating: 4.5 stars

Per serving (170g) Per 100g
Energy (kj) 676.6 398
Protein (g) 14.1 8.3
Fat, Total (g) 2.7 1.6
       – saturated 1.9 1.1
Carbohydrate 19.3 11.4
       – sugars 17.6 10.4
Calcium 162 95

COYO yoghurt alternative 400gphoto 3-2

$10.70

Ingredients: organic coconut milk, (88%) passionfruit (10%), starch (tapioca, pectin), stevia, live vegan cultures including lactobacillus casei, L.rahamnosus, L.acidophilus, L.bulgaricus, Bif bifidum, bif. Lactis, s.thermophilus.

Taste: COYO tastes delicious, but not in the same way as a traditional yoghurt. It doesn’t have the characteristic ‘sour’ taste of a yoghurt, and the texture is inconsistent, some parts runny, others semi-solid. The high fat content leaves an oily mouth feel, and the taste is very rich/moreish – more like a dessert. (This was confirmed by a stomach-ache later.)

Rating: 1.5 stars

Nutrition: Looking at the nutrition information confirms that COYO is more of a dessert than a convenient and healthy snack. It actually contains more energy and fat per 100g than a conventional tub of ice cream, as well as less protein! Combine this with the fact that there is no calcium in COYO, and it’s slightly worrying to think that it might be consumed in place of yoghurt. Sure, there’s not much sugar in there (around the same amount as in a serving of plain Greek or natural yoghurt), but that doesn’t make it a health food.

Rating: 1 star

Per serving (100g) Per 100g
Energy (kj) 900 900
Protein (g) 2.3 2.3
Fat, Total (g) 19.5 19.5
       – saturated 18.5 18.5
Carbohydrate 7.7 7.7
       – sugars 6.8 6.8
Calcium (mg) 0 0

All 4 compared:

Per 100g Energy (kj) Protein (g) Fat, Total (g) Fat, Sat. (g) Carbohydrates (g) Sugars (g) Calcium (mg) My rating (out of 10)
Jalna 544 3.8 9.0 6.1 10.1 9.6 85 5
Five:am 359 4.7 2.1 1.3 12.7 12.2 110 7
Chobani 398 8.3 1.6 1.1 11.4 10.4 95 9
COYO 900 2.3 19.5 18.5 7.7 6.8 0 2.5

After trying all products, side-by-side, there is only one I would repurchase.

Chobani wins hands down, for taste, nutrition – and for those 10 for $10 specials at Coles.

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6 replies

  1. Great entry – I looooove coconut yoghurt! New Zealand has heaps of amazing brands different to Aus too – would be great to compare!

  2. I have just purchased a coconut yoghurt made by Nudie and it is soooo good. No sugar added so it is a little tart, but nice and creamy too. The only ingredients are coconut, water, cornflour and cultures. Yummy!

  3. I beg to differ I just love the Jalna but I buy it in the 1kg pot and its much nicer as coconut all the why through not like the small tubs at all..

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