Tidbits: Greek yogurt; Simplait yogurt
Lower-cal Greek yogurt
We already had Dannon’s Oikos Greek (strained) yogurt in nonfat (120-calorie) and “traditional” (full-fat, 160-calorie) versions, both sweetened with sugar and fructose. Now they’ve added Light & Fit nonfat Greek yogurt, sweetened with fructose, sucralose and acesulfame potassium, so it contains 80 calories.
But possibly protecting the Oikos brand, this artificially sweetened Greek yogurt isn’t Oikos Light & Fit; it’s Dannon Light & Fit.
Yoplait is taking no chances on the loyalty of consumers of — what should it be called? Regular yogurt? Traditional yogurt? The yogurt whose quality is, mercifully, not strained? Anyway, Yoplait now offers Simplait (“just 6 simple ingredients”).
In the strawberry version, those ingredients are cultured pasteurized Grade A milk, strawberries, sugar, cornstarch, vegetable juice (for coloring) and natural flavor. (That’s full-fat milk, so Simplait’s 6-ounce tub contains 7 grams of fat and 200 calories.)
Original (1.5 grams of fat, 170 calories) strawberry Yoplait consists of cultured pasteurized Grade A low-fat milk, sugar, strawberries, modified cornstarch, high-fructose corn syrup, nonfat milk, kosher gelatin, citric acid, tricalcium phosphate, natural flavor, pectin, carmine (for coloring), vitamin A acetate and vitamin D3.
By Al Sicherman, Star Tribune (Minneapolis)