Monday, May 3, 2010

Dannon Light & Fit Yogurt: Awash with Chemicals

While it’s easy to rail against obvious junk food, I have more of a problem with seemingly healthy foodstuffs that are really masqueraded synthetic concoctions.

A prime example is Dannon’s Light & Fit blueberry yogurt. “0% FAT, 80 CALORIES” the label screams at us, roping us into purchasing a product that is a far cry from just yogurt and blueberries.

How many of us have bought this without reading its ingredients? Here's our chance:
Nonfat yogurt (cultured grade A non fat milk, modified food starch, fructose, kosher gelatin, vitamin A palmitate, vitamin D3), water, blueberry puree, fructose, contains less than 1% of modified corn starch, natural flavor, blue 1, red 40, aspartame, potassium sorbate (to maintain freshness), acesfulfame potassium, sucralose, malic acid, sodium citrate.
FYI, aspartame and sucralose are artificial, non-caloric sweeteners that you couldn’t pay me to ingest. We’ve discussed the dangers of petroleum-based artificial colorants (i.e. blue 1, red 40) many times.

(Tomorrow: How to make your own blueberry yogurt without the synthetic ingredients.)


cat delett said...

And a far cry from "yogurt". If this product was yogurt, the first ingredient wouldn't be "yogurt." Typically, real yogurt doesn't contain gelatin or food starch. Plus, we've all been bombarded with the idea that fat-free = healthy, which isn't always true.

aggiekat said...

Also, acesulfame potassium is Sweet n' Low. This product has THREE artificial sweeteners.