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Pushing the pumpkin envelope … Chobani Pumpkin Spice Yogurt

blended-pumpkin-spice-53ozSome would say it’s out of control. Others can’t get enough. Pumpkin flavored food products are absolutely everywhere this fall. We’ve been trying to keep up with all of them, but admittedly it’s been pretty hard. It does feel as though almost every new product introduced has the word pumpkin somewhere on its label. So what’s next?

Yogurt. Yep — Chobani has introduced Pumpkin Spice Yogurt.

We have to admit, we really aren’t able to exclaim, “Wow, that sounds so good!” But also has to admit that in comparison to the majority of pumpkin-flavored products flooding our grocery stores, restaurants and fast food chains, this one is actually something you might consider eating.

Let’s take a look:

Calories:                130
Fat:                        3 grams
Sugar:                   12 grams

Not bad. Low in calories. Low in fat. And the sugar content is pretty much on par with other Greek yogurt products.

But what about the ingredients?

Lowfat Yogurt (Cultured Pasteurized Nonfat Milk, Cream, Live and Active Cultures: S. Thermophilus, L. Bulgaricus, L. Acidophilus, Bifidus and L. Casei), Evaporated Cane Juice, Water, Pumpkin Puree, Pectin, Spice, Natural Flavors, Locust Bean Gum, Lemon Juice Concentrate.

O.k., we don’t like the natural flavors. But that’s about all we see here that would get flagged in the Food Score system. And let’s not forget to mention that this yogurt contains real, actual pumpkin puree, unlike the majority of products currently available.

So, if you’ve just got to have a pumpkin-flavored something, you might actually consider the Chobani Pumpkin-Spice yogurt. While fall-flavored Greek yogurt might not seem as alluring as that pumpkin muffin or latte, it’s a much better choice overall. After all, it contains the real thing!

Moldy Chobani yogurt more harmful than previously assumed

iStock_000026032451SmallLast September there was a nationwide recall of Chobani Greek yogurt due to what the company called a harmless problem with some fungus.

Ten months later, that recall has been linked to more than 400 illnesses and microbiologists say the fungus responsible for the outbreak isn’t as harmless as company officials indicated.

Experts with Duke University tested yogurt affected by the September 2013 recall taken from the refrigerator of a Texas couple who said they both became ill after eating it.

The scientists found that the sample contained Mucor circinelloides, the fungus detected at the Twin Falls, Idaho, plant where the yogurt was made. But additional testing revealed that it was a subspecies of the bug that is commonly associated with human infections.

“The potential risk would be higher than we might have thought,” said Soo Chan Lee, a senior research associate with the Duke Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology. The study is published in the journal mBio.

That contradicts the position of experts cited by Chobani who said the mold is “not considered a disease-causing microorganism,” and might pose risk only to people with compromised immune systems.

But Dr. Alejandro Mazzotta, Chobani’s vice president of global quality, food safety and regulatory affairs, disputed the study findings.

“To our knowledge, there is no evidence, including the assertions presented in this publication, that the strain in the recalled products causes illness in consumers when ingested,” he said in a statement. Chobani officials say they’ve made significant investments in technology and personnel to improve food safety procedures.

At least 403 reports of illness tied to the recall were reported in the past year, Food and Drug Administration officials said Monday. Reports aren’t confirmed cases, the FDA noted.

Chobani has taken steps to eradicate the mold at the plant, FDA officials said. wants everyone in our community to understand that, despite claims by any company, recalls are serious business. While Chobani is claiming that the mold that caused the recall of their yogurt really couldn’t harm anyone, other sources disagree pretty strongly. It’s important for us all to keep up with food recalls and to make sure we rid our refrigerators and pantries of items that appear on lists of recalled products. While it may not be something we think of often, it really should be. We can avoid unnecessary — and sometimes serious — illness by following recall news. And remember, this is a service you can access easily via the website right here: Develop a valuable habit and check it out as often as you can!

Greek Yogurt. Which is your favorite??

calcium-yogurt-opener-lg has noticed that a great number of followers favor Greek yogurts. These strained, often low-fat, high protein products are found to be the healthier options in comparison to the common yogurts which still contain whey. Also, people seem to find them very flavorful with less sugars.

We recently viewed a report which discussed the rising sales of Greek-style yogurt in the United States. Within the past five years Greek yogurt sales have climbed from $60 million a year to $1.5 billion, a 2500% sales growth in just half a decade. When many ponder the large increase, most people believe it’s due to rising health concerns within the US.

We have compiled 5 of the largest selling non-fat Greek yogurt brands. Based on total calories, sugar, protein, and controversial ingredients; try to decide which yogurt you would choose!

Chobani’s non-fat pomegranate Greek yogurt contains 140 total calories. The sodium content for 1 serving is 75mg, or 3% the daily value. This product also contains 19 grams of sugar, and 14 grams of protein, which is a decent amount. Controversial ingredients listed on the nutrition panel are natural flavors.


Yoplait’s Blueberry non-fat Greek Yogurt contains 130 total calories, and 95mg of sodium, which is slightly higher than the Chobani product. Also listed, 18 grams of sugar and 12 grams of protein. Sugar is slightly lower, which some may prefer, and the amount of protein is still a good amount for just 6 ounces. However, this yogurt contains two controversial ingredients; natural flavors and kosher gelatin.

Dannon’s non-fat Strawberry Greek yogurt contains 120 total calories. Sodium is decently low at with only 55mg, or 2% the daily value. This product contains 16 grams of sugar, and 12 grams of protein. The sugar in this products is the lowest among the other 4 choices, and the protein is still in a good range. The common controversial ingredient in this Greek yogurt is natural flavors.

Fage’s Greek Strained, Total 0%, Nonfat Yogurt with Honey contains 160 total calories. Some may feel this is too high for a Greek yogurt, because a large amount of other options are slightly lower. This products also contains 50mg of sodium, which is very low. However total grams of sugar is about 29. A plus, this product contains no added sugars, just honey. However, everyone has different preferences. This product is 11 grams of protein, in just 5.3 ounces, which is a good amount. Bonus, there are zero controversial ingredients.

Stonyfield’s Organic Oikos Nonfat Greek, Vanilla Yogurt contains 160 total calories. It also lists 90mg of sodium, which isn’t bad, but it is among the highest of some yogurts. The added organic sugars in this product help to round out 17 total grams, and provides 22 grams of protein per serving, which is 8 ounces. Like many others, this product contains a controversial ingredient in the form of organic natural vanilla flavor.

Which Greek yogurt would you choose???