The yogurt section at the supermarket is freaking me out!
- Bob W Aug 20, 2012 08:11 AM
Ok, so I went to my local Harris-Teeter last night to stock up on yogurts for the week. It's been a couple of weeks since I've been there, but it looks like there are a half-dozen brands that I had never seen before.
Not just various Greek yogurts, but icelandic, swiss, and some other countries as well. Plus variations on the old standbys -- Dannon, Stonyfield, etc. There's even an H-T "greek" style yogurt now.
I guess this is a good trend, but it seems to have happened so quickly.
So I am, for now, trying them based on two criteria -- price and protein content.
Love the title of this thread...
What freaks me out in the yogurt section are the myriad brands of little plastic vials containing an ounce or two of liquid yogurt. Surely these must be for stomach/intestine health issues and not for use as a breakfast foodstuff or beverage (just too small for that).
Do these micro containers of bacterial yogurt medicine 'make you go' or keep you from 'going' too much? Alot of them seem to have european names, so does this mean that the great peoples of Europe are on the cutting edge of gastrointestinal equilibrium?
I live in Los Angeles, and a certain scream-queen actress from the 1980s hawks some of this stuff on TV commercials, with the cheery demeanor that only regular bowel movements can inspire. Yet, when I found her standing behind me in the check-out lane at the local boutique grocery store, she was more than a few bacteria short of kind and decent.
So, do these little liquid yogurt 'shots' do anything that a nice bowl of greek yogurt wouldn't also accomplish??
There's a couple of different kinds --
Activia (both the shots and the regular yogurts) have specific cultures that are designed to boost your body's ability to process food, making you more regular over time (about a week, IIRC from their promotional literature). It isn't a laxative, and it doesn't make you go -- it makes it easier for your body to go when you need to, sidestepping constipation more easily.
Danactive (Actimel in Europe), on the other hand, is a probiotic that (according to the company) introduces more cultures to your digestive system, thus enhancing both your digestive system AND your immune system. It is true that the digestive system is an important part of our immune system...but I haven't really done a lot of reading to find any independent studies. The longevity of the product in European markets -- and now coming up to a decade or so in the US -- would lead me to believe that the research holds up, though.
I have a friend in the US who abhors yogurt, but about a year ago had a nasty gastro flu that basically eliminated her ability to digest much of anything. She started drinking the Danactive because she could get through two swallows of something as liquid as milk, when she cannot sit down and eat a tub of yogurt. Seemed to work - she was feeling better within a few days, and back to normal in a couple of weeks. The doctor who recommended yogurt told her that her body would eventually recuperate the intestinal flora on its own, but that the yogurt (and the Danactive) would jumpstart the progress, shortening her recovery time.
One thing I know for sure. Now that I've tasted what yogurt the Greeks (and others) have been enjoying all my life, while companies like Dannon churned out complete and utter sh** for American consumers, even if they (Dannon et al) made a true "Greek style" yogurt for 1/10 of the price, I'd never buy it, just on principal. I will never support those standard brands that cornered the market in the U.S. for decades and gave us pure crap as our only option in many stores across the nation. Ever. I hope they are wiped off the yogurt map completely by all this competition you speak of. Good riddance. Are you reading this, Dannon CEOs? I hope so.
What was the question again?
When we went back to the States for a visit, I bought yogurt to eat at my mom's house. My son took one bite, threw the tub in the trash and said "Mom, if we ever move back to the States, you're gonna have to buy a yogurt maker, 'cause this stuff is crap."
I couldn't really yell at him, because I did the same thing when I tried it a few minutes later.
Sugar and gelatin and fruit flavors. Yech.
LOL yes, and fortunately the ice-cream fanatic of my two kids is a vanilla purist. Makes things simpler -- I just look at which among the Breyer's, Blue Bell, or even the Harris-Teeter premium brand vanilla is on special. Easy peasy.
However, I will note that Breyer's has at least five different types of vanilla ice cream now. Fortunately my kid's palate is not fine-tuned enough yet to request a specific one. But he is getting more demanding on the yogurts. He's sort of a milk products lover. 8<D