April 08, 2010

It's all Greek to me

I say CHO you say BANI.



Yes, my little goof-balls do chant this. They love it!

Pre-cleaner eating, I confess, we were a Go-Gurt household. *Don't look at me like that!*

Yes, I know it was bright blue and bright pink... I realize I probably should have thought twice when they would ask for "pink" or "blue" yogurt rather than by strawberry or some such.

Do YOU know any foods in nature that are cosmic blue? Really? But, oh they were so quick and cheap. A box from BJs got us through Lunch Bunch and was a quick, easy way of getting calcium into those growi
ng bones. BUT...(More like BUTT!)

BUTT...What is really in those time saving tubes?

Go-Gurt Ingredients - Yoplait doesn't make it easy to find on their sight.  "Nutrition" yes, Ingredients, not so much. So here they are: 

Cultured Pasteurized Grade A Milk
Nonfat Milk
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Modified Corn Starch
Kosher Gelatin
TriScalcium Phosphate
Potassium Sorbate
Natural And Artificial Flavor

So remember how we learned that the list and order of ingredients is important because it ranks most to least in terms of content. Let's look...

Cultured Pasteurized Grade A Milk - Good. Yay Milk!
Sugar - Eh, not great
Nonfat Milk - Yay! Nonfat Milk, but it's 3rd...mmmm....
High Fructose Corn Syrup - Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?!! Didn't we just see "Sugar" two ingredients ago? So basically, if Go-Gurt actually used only sugar or only HFCS, then that would be the first ingredient. Yeah, that's what we want to give our kids before they are ready to sit still and learn in school....Happy Hurricanes!
Modified Corn Starch - I at least know what this is. More corn!
Kosher Gelatin - Kosher, ok.
Tricalcium Phosphate - Can you please pass me the Tricalcium Phoshpate?
Potassium Sorbate (preservative) - And while you are at it, I'll take Potassium Sorbate too. You know what, never mind. Sorbet sounds better about now.
Carrageenan - huh? Isn't this a seaweed?
Natural And Artificial Flavor - Why have just natural when you can have artificial too! Yippee!
Carmine - Are you sitting down? This one is for you Survivor fans. Carmine is a food additive for coloring, to make it you have to boil dried insects in water to extract the carminic acid. I wonder if there would be as many buyers if this said "Ground up beetle"?

Oh and just in case you weren't convinced to pass on the tube o gurt, Coca-Cola has 3.25 grams of sugars per ounce. Go-Gurt has 4.89 grams of sugars per ounce.

For the love of the Greek Gods!

Personally, I love love love Chobani.  I know lots of peeps that swear by Fage or Cabots (cheaper) or Oikios (except the chocolate...That's just nasty. And not Janet Jackson Nasty.) 

So let's look Chobani's Ingredient list:

Greek yogurt is quite creamy so they taste fatty, but there is 0g of fat in the 0g fat versions.  And with 16g of protien, one of these bad boys and a clementine or granola keeps me going until lunch I swear. Yes, these are more 'spensive, but o so tasty.  A buck and change for the yogurt and granola is a pretty decent buy IMHO.

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