I found my yogurt!!
Well, Chris, this won’t count for one of those meaty posts where you walk away thinking deep thoughts…
But I keep forgetting to share that I found my ideal yogurt:
In a post a week ago, I mentioned that I needed to find a healthier yogurt that was around 20 carbs each, not artificially sweetened, and that wouldn’t break the bank. Voila!! As if made especially for me, in waltzes Cascade Fresh. All-natural, labeled gluten-free, fruit-juice sweetened, and 100% cultured.
A pet peeve of mine, lately, is fake yogurt. Read the ingredients of your yogurt. If it says something like, “milk, cultured milk, gelatin, corn starch…” that means that PART of your yogurt is actually yogurt — the cultured part — and the other part is simply thickened regular milk.
Very briefly, yogurt cultures “eat” lactose (milk sugar), which produces lactic acid. Lactic acid both gives the yogurt its tart taste, and causes the milk protein (casein) to coagulate, thereby thickening. So, if you have true yogurt, there is decreased sugar and no need for thickening agents. For the sake of full disclosure, many of Cascade Fresh’s flavors have fruit on the bottom, and THAT is thickened with tapioca.
Much the same process as when cheese is made, since the culturing bacteria eat the lactose a reduced-sugar state results, and, correspondingly, fewer carbs. But, when a company takes uncultured milk and adds corn starch to thicken it — presumably so that it won’t be so tart — and throws loads of sugar into it to make it palatable (to American tastes), not only do you get the carbs from the added sugar, you get carbs from the lactose and corn starch which shouldn’t be there in the first place!*
I find this offensive both to my Eat Real Food standards, and to my current diet, which needs fewer carbs.
So, like I said, Cascade Fresh is made-to-order. Well, not really, but it fits all my needs. At a local natural grocery store (Sprouts), the regular price is $0.79 per 6 ounce container. When I went shopping last week, though, they were on sale for $0.59 each, which is about the normal price for a Yoplait.** Each container has about 20-23 carbs. And, as mentioned, entirely fruit juice-sweetened, natural colors and flavors…. Perfect.
I prefer whole milk yogurt, and I see on their website that the company does produce a few flavors… but I didn’t see any at my store. I’ll have to keep an eye out for them. 🙂
*In a similar fashion, Yoplait Greek yogurt is not actually Greek yogurt. From what I can discern by interpreting its ingredients, it is their normal yogurt, thickened up even more, and to which additional — gritty — milk protein powder has been added. Fake!
**No coupons for Cascade Fresh, though! 😦 Bummer. With sale + coupons, I can regularly purchase Yoplaits for 3/$1.00 or so.