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Do you buy Chobani's flavored yogurt cups? **beware of the new "simply 100" line**

Chobani has reformulated their yogurt and is marketing a new line under the "simply 100" label.
The same flavored yogurt cups as previously sold are still on shelves.
The vanilla cup label on the original formula looks like this:
http://chobani.com/products/non-fat-v...

And the new "simply 100" yogurt simply added in chicory root fiber (which some people can be sensitive to), along with monkfruit extract and stevia as sweetners in addition to the original evaporated cane juice.
http://chobani.com/products/simply-10...

I actually don't buy chobani myself (plain stonyfield greek girl here) but I wanted to have others be aware of the changes to the yogurt since chobani is just focused on the fact it's 100 calories.

Has anyone already tasted this? Any difference? Any reaction to the chicory root? Is anyone else bothered by the step towards frankenfood? Or will you buy this as a way to reduce calories/sugar?

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  1. I've seen this in my local supermarket but did not purchase it because of the stevia. I think stevia has a bitter aftertaste, so I avoid it. I also find that these reduced-calorie yogurts are just not very satisfying.

    I'll stick with the Fage 0% plain with honey, thanks very much :)

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    1. re: iluvcookies

      I thought it was sneaky of them to do that- stevia has a specific taste for me too! I love fage almost as much as stonyfield....

    2. I can't stand artificial sweeteners, so it's not for me.

      I'm also sensitive to sugar alcohols (xylitol, sorbitol, etc) as well as inulin (chicory root) -- I swear I'd have less effect if I just drank Drano.

      So yes, I'll be avoiding this one like the plague.

      I like Chobani 2% -- I find dairy with some fat curbs my appetite far better, for longer.

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      1. re: sunshine842

        Inulin upsets my stomach too! And who wants fiber in their yogurt anyways? That's just bizarre...

        1. re: Ttrockwood

          The inulin is to create a sensation of fullness for those consuming the yogurt as part of their weight loss effort.

          I eat my yogurt with homemade granola, so I'm not missing any fiber at all.

        2. re: sunshine842

          I always thought stevia was natural not artificial?

          1. re: melpy

            it depends -- some of it's pretty highly processed.

            But my post included the standalone statement that I can't stand artificial sweeteners.

            I also can't stand stevia -- the first time I tried it, I spit my coffee back into the cup, poured the coffee down the drain, and chucked a brand new box of stevia. Never touched it again.

            Bottom line is I really don't like any sweetener other than sugar, so I consume it in moderation with zero guilt.

          2. re: sunshine842

            Me, too - a little fat keeps me full much longer than the 0%.

          3. Is this replacing the "Bite" line? I sure hope not but my local supermarket just had a blow out sale on those. Should have stocked up I guess.

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            1. re: coll

              I don't think so, my store still had a full selection of the bite products- it seems to be in direct competition with their original higher calorie flavored yogurt cups that used real sugar and didn't have added fiber

              1. re: Ttrockwood

                Thank goodness, I love the coffee and the raspberry Bites with the chocolate flakes. Praying they don't go away.

            2. I tried it. Did not like it at all. The stevia changes the taste and makes it so sweet. Fake sweet. Are they going to stop carrying the regular Chobani? The regular one only has 120 calories!! And 7 more grams of protein than the 100 version. Skip it.

              1. Thanks for the heads up. It seems that any time a food product is changed, it's for the worse!

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                1. re: BobbieSue

                  They have really taken a minimally processed dairy product and turned it into a science experiment of frankenfood! It (obviously) upsets me that they would do this yet not be transparent about these changes and only promote it as "100 calories". The plain nonfat is 100 calories. More protein, nothing funky, add your own actual fruit......

                2. I like the Chobani black cherry 0 fat yogurt, but accidentally bought the Simply 100 ones--awful. Why muck up a good yogurt to save a whopping 30 calories? I e-mailed them, and they replied that the 100 line won't replace the regular 0 fat flavors. Still can't fathom why the Simply 100 line.

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                  1. re: pine time

                    Auugh! That's why i started the thread ;) to be sure everyone realized the difference! Glad they aren't replacing the original version.

                    1. re: pine time

                      I had a look at the same flavor of the Chobani regular and Simply 100 today when I was at the grocery store. The Simply 100 has 6 grams of sugar and the regular has 19. Maybe for a diabetic this would be a good thing?

                      1. re: iluvcookies

                        Possibly. But isn't the inulin issue (upthread) a problem for diabetics?

                        1. re: pine time

                          I'm not sure... inulin is a soluble fiber which can be helpful in keeping blood sugar level because the body digests it more slowly that simpler carbs.
                          But there are different schools of thought on this, and I'm not a doctor or nutritionist.

                          1. re: iluvcookies

                            That's what they say, but fiber has never slowed any glucose spikes for me. Just cutting carbs and having protein does.

                          2. re: pine time

                            Not at all. But it is a problem for anyone with a gut. I don't normally have a tender gut, but YOIKS.

                              1. re: Ptrainer

                                Results are highly variable by individual.

                            1. re: iluvcookies

                              They use stevia and monkfruit as the sweetners in the new version.
                              IMO anyone with blood sugar issues should have the plain yogurt and add *actual* fruit since the (not fake) fiber of the whole fruit helps to minimize fluctuation in blood sugar.

                              1. re: Ttrockwood

                                Anyone with blood sugar issues needs to avoid the fruit, too. :-/ The Fructose strongly promotes insulin resistance and the sugars are sugars like any sugars... raise glucose.

                                I add vanilla extract and walnuts to my 2% or full fat Fage, and a little sweetener.

                          3. Background info on Stevia and me: I've been a stevia user for a while, but I only like certain brands of Stevia which don't have the bitter after-taste. I primarily use it for sweetening coffee and tea. I use a very small amount and find it's just as tasty as sugar for me. I was never a heavy sweetener user - would normally use no more than one teaspoon of sugar, or 1/4 packet of SweetInLow or NutraSweet in a cup of coffee. With Stevia, I avoid carcinogens and a lot of empty sugar calories that way throughout the day. I have grown to really like it, when sticking to the non-bitter brands, as I said.

                            Regarding Chobani 100: I recently tried Chobani 100 and find it totally yummy, and not bitter in the two flavors I've tried so far - Strawberry, and especially the Blended Vanilla which is my fave so far.

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                            1. re: SparrowL

                              What brands of Stevia do you find not bitter?

                              1. re: iluvcookies

                                I have used truvia and don't find it bitter.

                                1. re: melpy

                                  Truvia is another frankenfood masquerading as a natural one - it's not pure stevia, but stevia extract mixed with erythritol, a common artificial sweetener (sugar alcohol). This isn't to say erythritol is evil - I use it and other sugar substitutes from time to time. However, it is (sort of) false advertising, which I find irritating.

                            2. Why do we need all of these marketing concoctions that turn Yoghurt - a natural and healthful food into a chemist's alchemy.

                              Marketing and that is it

                              Just buy plain, unsweetened, high quality yoghurt and flavor with some honey or maple syrup or a spoonful of natural jelly - or just some fruit - it will taste better and be more healthful.

                              Chobani and others are masters at complicating something, making it worse for you and getting you to pay more for it in the process.

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                              1. re: JTPhilly

                                or make your own. Simple, fast, and cheap.

                                1. re: JTPhilly

                                  Exactly!!! This was my point! They took something that could be simplistic and wonderful (like the stoneyfield plain greek yogurt) and mucked it all up with fake crap!

                                  1. re: Ttrockwood

                                    It's not "fake crap" - monkfruit extract, stevia and inullin are not "fake." They may be additives that you object to, but you can't really call them "fake."

                                    Some people will only eat yogurt if it's been sweetened. That's their preference. Replacing "evaporated cane juice" (which is really just plain old sugar) with something less caloric is not unique to this product and if it allows people to enjoy yogurt, where's the harm?

                                    Also, for the target market, I would imagine that most consumers would have an expectation that there were alternative sweeteners being used to keep the calorie count low.

                                    1. re: ferret

                                      but they're all, collectively, a bunch of stuff that just doesn't need to be in there.

                                      (says the eater of plain unsweetened yogurt)

                                2. I just bought some Simply 100 in vanilla, because they were 3 for $1.00....which I now know should have been seen as a warning! It has a terrible, bitter taste that I assume is from the stevia. I added vanilla, blueberries & almonds, but that only ruined/wasted those added ingredients! I searched the web to see if there were any reviews/comments, and saw your thread here. I'm a little late to the party, but this will hopefully save someone from purchasing this product.

                                  Simply 100 is simply a waste of money--even on sale!

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                                  1. re: amorx1

                                    Ugh! What a waste of blueberries and almonds! Their vanilla always was weird to me anyhow...
                                    If you're near a trader joe's their plain greek is great- i've added a few drops of vanilla to it and loved the outcome. And if you shop at costco they have great prices on fage individual cups or the larger tubs.

                                  2. I really liked the black cherry Simply 100. The stevia taste
                                    didn't bother me... if I even noticed it at all. I am diabetic and pregnant so when you're craving chocolate cake and reach for this, how can I complain?

                                    1. Got it!
                                      I actually like stevia and don't have the taste issue that some people do. That said I put back the Chobani yogurt that was on sale after reading the labels.

                                      1. I eat the Chobani Simply 100 Peach for breakfast everyday and I love it. Every other yogurt I've seen either has sucralose or it has a crazy amount of sugar. It's not about saving 30 calories, it's about reducing the sugar by more than half. The poster and commenters here seem quick to make mountains out of molehills, but does anyone have a better suggestion for a healthy, all-natural, low-in-sugar yogurt? I'd really love to know.

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                                        1. re: drewmcdowell

                                          YES; Greek yogurt with some real fruit and no added sugars. Or some no sugar added preserves. In my case, preferably Fage Total, 2% or full fat.

                                          1. re: drewmcdowell

                                            Yes.
                                            Eat an actual peach cut up ontop of lowfat or non fat greek yogurt.
                                            Total number of ingredients = 3. (Peach, milk, probiotic bacteria)

                                            1. re: drewmcdowell

                                              homemade plain yogurt with peaches.

                                              If you just can't deal with the tang, a small spoonful of sugar.

                                            2. evaporated cane juice is another name for Sugar.

                                              1. Plain Stoneyfield has the highest sugar of any plain. Additionally Stoneyfield markets high sugar "kid friendly" yogurts they should be ashamed of. Please choose Wallaby plain or other low sugar alternatives.

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                                                1. re: Memeprettyboy

                                                  6 grams per serving is not excessive if you ask me, since all dairy has naturally occuring sugars
                                                  http://www.stonyfield.com/products/yo...

                                                  And all yogurt companies sell flavored versions often marketed as healthy yet containing tons of sugar- closer to 25-30g per serving. I agree that those high sugar options are not the best for kids but as consumers we get to read the labels and choose which to buy.

                                                  1. re: Ttrockwood

                                                    yeah...a teaspoon is 16 grams of sugar, so not sure what the fuss is over less than half of that.

                                                    1. re: sunshine842

                                                      One teaspoon of sugar is 4 grams. It contains 16 calories. So 9 grams is over 2 tsp.

                                                      1. re: Poobear

                                                        This is all just academic, because there's no added sugar, it's just the lactose in milk that adds carbs.

                                                        1. re: ferret

                                                          I don't care about yogurt but sugar is sugar whether natural or added.

                                                          1. re: Muffylee

                                                            True, but complaining about the carb content of yogurt when it's a natural part of the process is pointless.

                                                          2. re: ferret

                                                            Yes, and most of it is no longer sugar once fermented, but is on the label due to having been part of the ingredient at time of production. It's converted to lactic acid during fermentation.

                                                  2. Why is chicory root "frankenfood"? Why does everyone call sugar "evaporated cane juice" ... really, P.C. name for sugar? less refined? get over it!

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                                                    1. re: RelaxedinMO

                                                      chicory root isn't frankenfood, but why does it belong in my yogurt? (hint: it doesn't)

                                                      Evaporated cane juice is called that because it's an easy snow job for people who don't realize that it's just sugar.