Which type of yoghurt should I eat on the keto diet?

Natural yoghurt is the most suitable for the keto diet, as it is likely to have a lower carbohydrate content compared to other types of yoghurt.

Last updated 30/04/2021

The Ketogenic diet or “keto” diet is a low carbohydrate and high fat eating plan. While there are variations of the keto diet, they all include high levels of fat, moderate protein and very low levels of carbohydrate. The ratio of these nutrients is generally 55 to 60% fat, 30 to 35% protein and 5 to 10% carbohydrate.1

Any type of yoghurt could be included in the keto diet, as long as the total carbohydrate intake across the day remains low enough to keep the body in ketosis (using stored fat instead of carbohydrate to fuel the brain and body).

Whilst different brands of yoghurt will vary in their carbohydrate content, on average a 200g tub of 3% fat, natural yoghurt will contain 10.8g of carbohydrate, compared with 31.2g of carbohydrate in a 200g tub of 2% fat vanilla flavoured yoghurt.2 Based on this, the natural yoghurt would be the most suitable on the keto diet.

When choosing a yoghurt for a keto diet, it can be useful to read the Nutrition Information Panel on the product label and compare the amount of carbohydrate per 100g across different yoghurt types.

For personalised dietary advice see an Accredited Practising Dietitian.

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