Michael has been reading Michael Pollan’s new book, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. I’d like to read it eventually, but for now I’m getting the second-hand, abridged version. Pollan provides a lot of interesting information, which has led us to start thinking about making more of a switch to organic food. I like to think I eat pretty healthy foods already, but one of my weak points is my Yoplait Light yogurt. During the summer, I initiated some pretty big changes in my diet—the biggest one being that I stopped bringing sandwiches for lunch and switched to yogurt, fruit, carrots, and other healthier options. Since I’ve started eating yogurt every day, I’ve been a little more concerned about my go-to brand and the fact that I’m eating the stuff with the artificial sweeteners and other various chemicals. So, last week I found myself in Stop & Shop and decided to buy a variety of new brands, all organic, and see which one would be the best replacement. These are my findings.
1. Stonyfield Farm Organic Yogurt (Chocolate Underground) – 170 cal, 0g fat, 35g sugar. This was a pretty tasty yogurt. I’ve never had any sort of chocolate flavoring in yogurt before, but it was enjoyable. It’s wasn’t until after I ate it that I noticed the 6 oz. cup contained 35 grams of sugar, which I wasn’t too crazy about. I’ll have to check other flavors to see if the sugar content varies. I also wanted to compare prices on each yogurt but, unfortunately, I accidentally threw out the receipt. I believe this brand was on sale for $1.00.
2. Nature’s Promise (Stop & Shop brand) Organic Fat-Free Yogurt (Peach) – 120 cal, 0g fat, 23g sugar. This was your basic, Plain Jane, fruit on the bottom yogurt. Not to say this is a bad thing; I consider myself quite the Plain Jane. It had a good consistency (a little less runny than the Stonyfield) and less sugar than the previous contender. This was one of the more affordable brands, and rang up at approximately $.89.
3. Chobani Nonfat Greek Yogurt (Vanilla) – 120 cal, 0g fat, 13g sugar. This was the yogurt I was most curious about, as I have never eaten Greek yogurt before. It has the thickest consistency of all four, since it is strained. I found the taste to be a little bland—it probably would have been better with some fresh fruit or granola thrown in—but it’s something I could definitely get used to. After all, it has the lowest sugar content out of all the new brands, which is a plus. I’d also like to experiment with other flavors. Of course, the downside of this yogurt is that it was the most expensive one in the mix. I think the 6 oz. cup was $1.25 (if that’s incorrect, it was at least over a dollar).
4. Yoplait Light (Key Lime Pie) – 110 cal, 0g fat, 15g sugar. I decided to leave this brand in as the control. I love all of the flavors, but I think Key Lime Pie is my favorite (it’s a toss up between that, Pineapple Upside Down Cake, and Apple Turnover). I know! These flavors of yogurt shouldn’t exist! But they’re so good! The consistency is pretty average; not too runny, not too thick. This brand is in the $.89 price range. I also love the neon green color. 😉 Despite all of these great qualities, I can definitely still taste the artificial sweeteners (although there are many light/low-cal yogurts that are a lot worse), which didn’t used to bother me too much. But, like I said, now that I’m eating it every day, I think I need to be a little more conscientious with my yogurt.
In summary, I’d like to keep experimenting with Chobani, but I can’t start buying it regularly just yet. I also enjoyed the Stonyfield but will have to watch the sugar content. I think, for now, I’m going to mainly get the Nature’s Promise—the cheapest organic option. Hopefully one day I’ll finally get a good paying, full-time job and will be able to afford all of the “high brow” yogurt on a daily basis. One day.