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Why is Dannon Light and Fit so bad?


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I eat it all the time...and I'm wondering why I hear it's bad for me. And whats a better alternative? I don't want to be consuming something I don't know about that may be making me keep the fat on.

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who told you it was "bad"?  if you get the light variety, it's fine in moderation.

It isn't "bad" it just has a lot of artificial flavors and sweeteners. But like all things, it can be bad in excess, just like sugar is not good for you in excess. It all depends on what you want out of your yogurt, and your beliefs on artificial sweeteners!

Ingredients for Light n Fit:

 

NONFAT YOGURT [CULTURED GRADE A NON FAT MILK, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, KOSHER GELATIN, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, VITAMIN D3], WATER, CONTAINS LESS THAN 1% OF MODIFIED CORN STARCH, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, SUCRALOSE, POTASSIUM SORBATE (TO MAINTAIN FRESHNESS), CITRIC ACID, ANNATTO EXTRACT (FOR COLOR), CARAMEL COLOR SODIUM CITRATE

 

 

So, it's not that great for you.. but as long as you stay within your calorie range, you should be fine eating it unless fake sugars hurt you like they do me. Some of them even contain -gasp- ASPARTAME! That's why I stopped getting it and switched to greek, much yummier too imo.

I would suggest greek yogurt.....

I initially thought this was going to be a question about why Light and Fit tastes so lousy ;)

Anyway, I agree that it's best to avoid the artificial stuff.

Try some Greek yogurt mixed with cut up fruit for natural sweetness - yum! If you want to get really fancy you can throw in some vanilla extract too.

Original Post by zombers:

Ingredients for Light n Fit:

 

NONFAT YOGURT [CULTURED GRADE A NON FAT MILK, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, KOSHER GELATIN, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, VITAMIN D3], WATER, CONTAINS LESS THAN 1% OF MODIFIED CORN STARCH, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, SUCRALOSE, POTASSIUM SORBATE (TO MAINTAIN FRESHNESS), CITRIC ACID, ANNATTO EXTRACT (FOR COLOR), CARAMEL COLOR SODIUM CITRATE

 

 

So, it's not that great for you.. but as long as you stay within your calorie range, you should be fine eating it unless fake sugars hurt you like they do me. Some of them even contain -gasp- ASPARTAME! That's why I stopped getting it and switched to greek, much yummier too imo.

I would suggest greek yogurt.....

So the answer then is because it's sweetened?  The ingredient list looks fine to me.

Original Post by trhawley:

Original Post by zombers:

Ingredients for Light n Fit:

 

NONFAT YOGURT [CULTURED GRADE A NON FAT MILK, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, KOSHER GELATIN, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, VITAMIN D3], WATER, CONTAINS LESS THAN 1% OF MODIFIED CORN STARCH, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, SUCRALOSE, POTASSIUM SORBATE (TO MAINTAIN FRESHNESS), CITRIC ACID, ANNATTO EXTRACT (FOR COLOR), CARAMEL COLOR SODIUM CITRATE

 

 

So, it's not that great for you.. but as long as you stay within your calorie range, you should be fine eating it unless fake sugars hurt you like they do me. Some of them even contain -gasp- ASPARTAME! That's why I stopped getting it and switched to greek, much yummier too imo.

I would suggest greek yogurt.....

So the answer then is because it's sweetened?  The ingredient list looks fine to me.

Compare it to the ingredient list to Fage 0%:

Grade A Pasteurized Skimmed Milk, Live Active Yogurt Cultures (L. Bulgaricus, S. Thermophilus)

I'm not trying to say that Light n Fit is "so bad"...just that there are better choices.

Hey, so I learned how to make indian yogurt from my friend.  All you need is a small amount of plain lowfat yogurt to start:

  1. Put a gallon of milk in a pan on the stove and warm it (like bottle temperature, not too hot)
  2. Mix in about 1/4 cup of the plain yogurt
  3. Take it off the heat, put it back in the gallon jug, and leave it somewhere warm (in the garage is great in a warm climate, or next to the heating vent)
  4. Within an hour, the whole jug will be yogurt and you can put it in the fridge.

It's not as thick as what you buy in a container, but it's cheap and it's good.

I mix mine with a pinch of salt, a spoon of sugar, and whatever kind of frozen fruit I'm in the mood for. 

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I used to eat it now I'm a greek yogurt fan!

The Dannon Lite and Fit removes paint. 
Years ago I was a great adventure feeding the animals and I ran out of stuff so I was using my lunch to continue to feed the animals, that would have included Dannon Lite & Fit.  The yogurt spilt on my car and I saw later this removed paint.

This topic just reminded me of that.  I still ate the yogurt after I found that out as it was the lowest calorie yogurt back then at 70 calories.

Plain yogurt without artificial sweeteners is probably healthier, but I don't think that Dannon Light and Fit is bad per se.  It still probably provides a good source of calcium and protein.

Again, like everyone else is saying-- in moderation not so bad. Personally when I realized that I could just eat plain non-fat yogurt in the same quantity for only 20 more calories, I jumped on board. I personally like the sort of savory and tangy taste. When I do want to sweeten it up I add a teaspoon of jam (for another like 15 cals depending on the jam). Imo, the extra calories (which are less than 50) are worth the shorter ingredient list.

But hey, the light and fits are tasty-- lemon was my favorite :)

Original Post by sfredbull:

The Dannon Lite and Fit removes paint. 
Years ago I was a great adventure feeding the animals and I ran out of stuff so I was using my lunch to continue to feed the animals, that would have included Dannon Lite & Fit.  The yogurt spilt on my car and I saw later this removed paint.

I had this moment with Crystal Light! I spilled some at work one day and it stripped tile grout better than any industrial cleaner I'd ever seen. Sorry for posting twice, I just had to share my scary 'diet' food story.

Hehe, removing paint is pretty funny. I used to eat it once or twice a day, just to get the calcium and yogurt "bacteria" my tummy needs...but when I went shopping yesterday, I got something different....the greek yogurt is ALWAYS sold out, and I know why. Its AMAZING. lol. so I got some Activia, hoping that it'll be a little better. If it's worse I'm screwed lol

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Hehe, removing paint is pretty funny. I used to eat it once or twice a day, just to get the calcium and yogurt "bacteria" my tummy needs...but when I went shopping yesterday, I got something different....the greek yogurt is ALWAYS sold out, and I know why. Its AMAZING. lol. so I got some Activia, hoping that it'll be a little better. If it's worse I'm screwed lol

If it's the non-fat Activia, it has artificial sweeteners too, haha.

Quick trick for making your own Greek-style yogurt: Line a strainer with a couple layers of cheese cloth. Put in normal plain yogurt. Let the liquid drain out for a couple hours. Voila! Thick, non-sour, Greek-style yogurt.

I was wondering the same thing, when I saw that survey thread.  I love the light 'n fit yogurts!  It's a LOT of yogurt for only 80 calories.  And to me, it tastes really good too!  Especially the vanilla.

Lol I was reading Activia ingredients...pretty much the same thing...only this stuff tastes waaaay better....Idk, I'll keep experimenting with different kinds of yogurt to get what I need out of it. 1 cup a day isn't gonna kill me. :)

It's not bad for you.

Here's the scoop on yogurt. The reason it became famously known as healthy is because of the healthy bacteria known as acidophilus. There are other forms of this healthy bacteria that are also beneficial. Acidophilus helps with digestion among other things. Consuming too much sugar feeds the bad bacteria, causing many problems. Research it. But to continue and keep this simple, Dannon Light and Fit does not have active cultures. It thickens by corn starch and gelatin. This is a way to speed up production as it takes a bit of time for these cultures to take hold somewhat like cheese. Corn starch is hard to digest and have any of you watched how they make gelatin, enough said.

Artificial sugars have shown to mess with the metabolism actually making some gain weight. They are not safe for consumption as far as I am concerned.

So why put something in your body that does not nourish you?

I believe it consists mostly of fake sugars, sugar, and other artificial chemical ****.

If you can eat it, plain greek yogurt is the best yogurt to eat.

If you can't tolerate it (me either), Chobani has some pretty good yogurt, with minimal added sugars compared to most, and no fake crap. Even traces of *gasp* REAL fruit. It's less sweet, but amazing texture and after a while it grows on ya haha. Banana, pomegranate, pineapple, and pear are my favorites so far.

Original Post by trh:

Original Post by zombers:

Ingredients for Light n Fit:

 

NONFAT YOGURT [CULTURED GRADE A NON FAT MILK, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, KOSHER GELATIN, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, VITAMIN D3], WATER, CONTAINS LESS THAN 1% OF MODIFIED CORN STARCH, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, SUCRALOSE, POTASSIUM SORBATE (TO MAINTAIN FRESHNESS), CITRIC ACID, ANNATTO EXTRACT (FOR COLOR), CARAMEL COLOR SODIUM CITRATE

 

 

So, it's not that great for you.. but as long as you stay within your calorie range, you should be fine eating it unless fake sugars hurt you like they do me. Some of them even contain -gasp- ASPARTAME! That's why I stopped getting it and switched to greek, much yummier too imo.

I would suggest greek yogurt.....

So the answer then is because it's sweetened?  The ingredient list looks fine to me.

modified corn starch, artificial flavors, geletan, sucralose, caramel color, sodium citrate, (wtf is annato extract?) are all not so good... :/

Original Post by zombers:

Original Post by trh:

Original Post by zombers:

Ingredients for Light n Fit:

 

NONFAT YOGURT [CULTURED GRADE A NON FAT MILK, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, KOSHER GELATIN, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, VITAMIN D3], WATER, CONTAINS LESS THAN 1% OF MODIFIED CORN STARCH, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, SUCRALOSE, POTASSIUM SORBATE (TO MAINTAIN FRESHNESS), CITRIC ACID, ANNATTO EXTRACT (FOR COLOR), CARAMEL COLOR SODIUM CITRATE

 

 

So, it's not that great for you.. but as long as you stay within your calorie range, you should be fine eating it unless fake sugars hurt you like they do me. Some of them even contain -gasp- ASPARTAME! That's why I stopped getting it and switched to greek, much yummier too imo.

I would suggest greek yogurt.....

So the answer then is because it's sweetened?  The ingredient list looks fine to me.

modified corn starch, artificial flavors, geletan, sucralose, caramel color, sodium citrate, (wtf is annato extract?) are all not so good... :/

Annato extract- coloring from a seed. 

Gelatin- the stuff found in bones. Also natural.

Caramel color- color from sugar that's been cooked off

Sodium citrate- salt (sodium) of a citric acid, which are naturally occuring in foods. Forming the salt is also very simple. 

Do your research before saying something is "bad". From a molecular and synthetic standpoint these really aren't "bad". Processed, yes, but no more processed than decaf coffee. I hate it when someone says something like Guar Gum is SOOOOOOO unnatural and "wtf" Is that when in reality guar gum is just as natural and processed as your precious coconut butter. 

Modified corn starch, artifical flavors and sucralose are more highly processed. But those other three aren't so bad.

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