>> Monday, October 20, 2008
Have you ever looked at the ingredients in a container of yogurt? Yogurt seems like such a healthy food, but it is typically loaded with sugar, artificial ingredients, and often artificial sweeteners and food dyes. We were shocked to discover how many yogurts contain HFCS when we started this journey. And if it doesn't contain HFCS, it probably has been replaced with an artificial sweetener (like Splenda or Nutrasweet). We're not giving up artificial sweeteners, but we are trying to limit our consumption of them, so yogurts that go the artificial sweetener route are kind of a turn off.
There are alternatives out there, though, and I want to talk about our favorite HFCS and artificial sweetener-free yogurt that we've found - Cascade Fresh All Natural Yogurt. Unlike most of the yogurts you'll find at the grocery store, the ingredient list for the Cascade Fresh yogurts is so amazingly simple. Take for example, Yoplait Original 99% Fat Free Lemon Burst yogurt. It was a favorite of ours back in the day. Here is its ingredient list:
Cultured Pasteurized Grade A Low Fat Milk, Sugar, Modified Corn Starch, Lemon Pulp, Nonfat Milk, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Kosher Gelatin, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Citric Acid, Tricalcium Phosphate, Pectin, Natural Flavor, Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin D3.
Now, here's the ingredient list for the Cascade Fresh Fat Free Lemon Chiffon yogurt:
Grade A Pasteurized Non-Fat Milk, Fruit Juice Concentrate, Lemons, Tapioca, Pectin, Natural Flavor, Turmeric, Active Cultures.Nice! I love that instead of using food coloring to enhance the color of the yogurt, they use natural ingredients - like turmeric in the lemon yogurt, and red cabbage and annatto in the strawberry yogurt.
These yogurts are not sugar-free. They're sweetened with fruit juice concentrate instead of cane sugar or HFCS, but a 6 oz container has 16 grams of sugar in it. Still, they taste good, so I can live with that sugar consumption, especially since we don't eat a ton of yogurt.
If you're a yogurt fan, give this brand a try! There are other brands out there that are HFCS free (like Brown Cow), but Cascade Fresh is by far our favorite - both for taste and simplicity of ingredients.