Hey Yoplait, what you’ve got is Greek to me

Posted on April 12, 2010

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Yoplait is now selling something they call Greek yogurt. If I knew how to say “imposters!” in Greek, I would. Stupid major brand-name corporations. Why can’t you make something that is actually, for-real, not sorta-healthy-but-still-fairly-not-healthy & run with it? In case you’ve been under a health food rock lately, or haven’t talked to me in the last year, Greek yogurt is where it’s at.

It’s wonderfully rich, somewhat tart, thick, creamy, protein packed!, yogurt  that makes regular yogurt look like a pansy. It’s the base for the Honey Berry Bowls & can serve as the base for dips, sauces, breakfasts, even pies!

Greek yogurt has double the protein of most yogurts, meaning it will keep you full longer, and will send more of the stuff to your muscles that help to grow them & maintain your metabolism. It’s also way lower in sugar, providing you get the simple versions like plain or vanilla. When you start getting into fruit-mxed-in types & honey already in there, you will invariably start raising the sugar content of the product. Do yourself a favor & get the simple version then add your own honey & fruit.

But back to Yoplait. I found one at my grocer this week, and compared it to my fave, Stonyfield Farm’s Oikos.

You should know if you’ve read this blog long enough that front of the label packaging & even the nutrition label doesn’t always tell the whole story. The very first thing I took a look at was the ingredients list. In the Oikos Greek Yogurt, the ingredients are: 

CULTURED PASTEURIZED ORGANIC NONFAT MILK.  CONTAINS FIVE LIVE AND ACTIVE CULTURES INCLUDING L. ACIDOPHILUS, BIFIDUS, AND L. CASEI.

So, you’ve got organic milk & some some probiotic cultures swimming around together to make that Greek yogurt.

Here’s what’s in the Yoplait Greek Yogurt.

INGREDIENTS: CULTURED PASTEURIZED GRADE A NONFAT MILK, MILK PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, KOSHER GELATIN, VITAMIN A ACETATE, VITAMIN D3

If one company can do a product using essentially 1 ingredient – milk – why does another company need other stuff added to make their supposedly same product? Because it’s not the same product and it may not be the same quality. Know that it’s up to YOU to do the reading, the learning, and the product-comparison-checking to make sure you’re getting the most food for your dollar, the most bang for your health food buck!

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