It’s yogurt. It’s berries. Two nutritious choices coming together must create a nutritional powerhouse, right? Or at least a healthy snack option for the kids instead of candy?
Not so much. In the interest of truth in advertising, I suggest these “Vanilla Yogurt Blueberries” should be renamed “Blue Dyed Sugar Bombs in Sugary Trans Fat Coating.”
The best way to evaluate a product is to ignore the claims on the front, ignore the "story" on the back, and go right to the ingredient panel.
Ingredients in a good quality yogurt are organic milk, or milk alternative, and cultures. It offers protein and bacteria that promote gut health in a relatively low-in-sugar package, but “Yogurt Coating” does no such thing. The first ingredient in this coating is sugar, followed by the dreaded Partially Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil. This is a trans fat—the #1 public enemy of heart health. Then cheap dairy ingredients appear in the list, followed by Titanium Dioxide to whiten the coating.
The ingredients for the blueberries should be “berries,” but nature didn’t make these berries berry-y enough. They are soaked in sugar, then dyed (because apparently nature didn’t make these blueberries blue enough) and flavored with natural blueberry flavor (because apparently nature didn’t make these blueberries taste enough like blueberries).
The bag touts four servings, but I’d be impressed if you got two out of it. If you ate this in two servings, each would have 32 grams of sugar—not far behind the 39 grams of sugar in a 12-oz can of Coke. Even if you did stick to the serving size, ¼ of this bag has four teaspoons of sugar with just one measly gram of fiber to slow down its absorption. Nope, not a powerhouse.
Better alternative: Enjoy a cup of fresh or fresh-frozen, real blueberries with a small handful of raw nuts or a scoop of plain organic yogurt or yogurt alternative. Enjoy berries in the summer, when they come into season and you’ll find them super fresh, plentiful and very affordable.
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