Something very strange happened in our household recently. A carton of yogurt turned up in the refrigerator, and I did not buy it.
When I questioned my husband about this mysterious carton of vanilla yogurt, he said he’d read an article about how healthy it is to eat yogurt. So even though I’ve been eating yogurt since we met about 10 years ago, he wasn’t convinced to try it until he read it in one of his magazines.
Anyway, I was not about to give him a hard time about it (at least not until now). I was just happy to hear that he was willing to try yogurt, because I have always loved it. But then I looked at the carton more closely and saw that it was a regular blended generic brand.
“I’ve got bad news for you,” I said. “This yogurt probably contains artificial sweetener.” I knew this because I figured out a long time ago that an inordinate number of yogurt varieties contain artificial sweetener. And there it was, buried in the middle of the ingredients: sucralose. If it isn’t sucralose, it’s aspartame. If it isn’t sweetened artificially, a carton of yogurt can contain upwards of 29 grams of sugar, which is more than twice the amount of sugar we’re supposed to consume in one snack.
A lot of folks have been looking for a better alternative, which might be one of the reasons Greek yogurt is so popular. Greek yogurt can provide double the amount of protein and half as much sugar as regular yogurt. Here’s more good info about why Greek yogurt is healthier.
At first, it might taste funny to someone used to eating regular Dannon or Yoplait because it is tangy and only lightly sweet, but you get used to it. Greek yogurt is so popular these days that it seems to have migrated from the organic dairy case at my grocery store to the main dairy case.
If you’d like to start eating yogurt but don’t want the artificial sweeteners and high sugar count, try the Greek yogurts with the little corner compartment filled with fruit. You can stir the fruit into the yogurt to jazz up the flavor. Some brands also come with corner compartments filled with granola or other crunchy goodies.
If you buy a lot of yogurt, you may have noticed there’s a new brand on Kroger shelves these days called Muller. Muller is popular in the U.K. but has only recently become available in the U.S. Their variety with fruit, granola or chocolate stir-ins is called Muller Corner. They also sell a Greek yogurt with stir-ins called Muller Greek Corner and a parfait-style yogurt with a “fruit mousse” on top called Muller FrutUp.
I tried the passion fruit-flavored FrutUp and the Muller Corner with malted rice candies, and both were terrific. However, we did notice a very odd ingredient listed on the FrutUp, and it wasn’t artificial sweetner. It was tilapia! Yes, tilapia in the yogurt! I asked a spokesperson for Muller why there’s fish in a perfectly delicious-tasting yogurt and she said it’s added for texture purposes. Odd, but I never would have known if it wasn’t listed on the label.
I made a sacrifice and ate Howard’s artificially sweetened yogurt because I hate to waste food. But then I bought him a blueberry-flavored Muller FrutUp. We’ll see what he thinks.
Do you eat a lot of yogurt? If so, do you do it because it’s healthy or because it’s delicious? What is your favorite brand and flavor?