April 5, 2010 at 9:01 am
Yogurt has become completely confusing. I remember the intimidation I felt when I first approached the dairy case over five years ago, trying to determine which type of yogurt was for me. There are a bazillion brands, and each brand offers a zillion varieties. Low fat! Non fat! Whipped! High fiber! And now Greek yogurt is popping up everywhere to confuse me even more. I need a yogurtoligist to explain all this to me.
When I was in London last year, I noticed that lots of shops offered Greek yogurt in their grab-it-and-go cases. I suppose the trend is catching on in America because now Dannon and Yoplait have launched Greek yogurt products. I am somewhat confused as to what qualifies a yogurt to be called “Greek.” It doesn’t have to actually come from Greece. I thought it just needed to be strained, making the yogurt thicker than other varieties. But I’ve also heard that you need to start the process with a particular type of milk, like ewe’s milk or goat’s milk, which have different milk fat percentages. Feel free to sort this out on your own. It’s all Greek to me.
Yoplait sent me some free samples of their Greek yogurt, which comes in four flavors: Strawberry, Blueberry, Honey Vanilla, and Plain. This is the fourth brand of yogurt I’ve reviewed on this blog, and I’m beginning to run out of things to say about the creamy substance. I thought the Yoplait Greek tasted fairly good, not that different from the Voskos or the Stoneyfield Farm varieties. It’s thicker than most other yogurts and it isn’t overtly sweet. The plain flavor was a bit too plain for my sweet tooth, so I mixed in some sweetener which made it more palatable.
I looked at the ingredient list and was happy to see I could pronounce all the ingredients on the label. I used to eat the Yoplait Light yogurt all the time because it was by far the most delicious of yogurts. Then one day I ruined it all by looking at the ingredients and saw that they used high fructose corn syrup to achieve that taste. If they’re adding sugar to the yogurt, it’s usually not a good sign for the health-conscious. So, the Greek yogurt seems like a better choice than the Yoplait Light. You can check the labels to see if the 12g-14g of protein is better or worse than your current brand. You can also use this coupon to save $0.30 on Yoplait Greek Yogurt.
Good luck in the yogurt aisle! You’re going to need it.
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