Friday, 24 January 2014

Chobani Yogurts & the low fat/full fat debate

When I see people raving about low fat this, low fat that, sugar free drinks (sweetened with aspartame) a part of me wants to tell them to stop, but... I stop myself from saying anything, because apparently fat people are not allowed to have an opinion about healthy eating... Low fat doesn't always mean healthy and sugar free stuff is usually packed with artificial sweeteners, officially linked to cancer and premature births! Most people I know don't even have a clue about this and carry on drinking diet coke and eating Weight Watchers yogurts (full of aspartame!). I am all about full fat dairy and natural sugars, but I do make exceptions sometimes and go for low fat or fat free products, longs they don't contain aspartame and other nasties! That's why I decided to try Chobani yogurts. Fat free (or low fat), high in protein and sweetened with fruit and natural sugars. Perfect for me!

The reason why I love them so much is because they have the most creamy and rich consistency. I have never tried anything like it. Chobani yogurts are made with cows milk and strained to achieve a super thick consistency. No added preservatives, no artificial flavours, no gelatin or animal-based thickeners. 

I absolutely adore all the flavours I have tried so far, including the plain  Chobani yogurt. Yum! My favoruite is definitely lemon - it is sooo good! The flavored yogurts with fruit on the bottom are perfect as a snack (very filling) or a dessert and can also be put in the freezer for 1-2 hours and served as amazingly creamy frozen yogurt. 

The plain yoghurt can be used in cooking, especially to create creamy sauces for pasta or meat, in soups, pies, currys, bakes or added to fruit salads and used as a base for creamy dips. I made a low calorie mac n cheese for my husband with plain Chobani and he loved it. Sooo good! Oh, it is perfect for creamy desserts too, like cheesecake, chocolate mousse or muffins. 

The calorie content in each pot is really low, even for the 2% options. The 150g pots with fruit on the bottom are around 140-150 calories and the 0% options are around 130 calories per pot. Amazing! You can also get blended Chobani yogurts without the fruit on the bottom and smaller versions in a pack of four. They are currently available in Tesco and Mirrisons.

I used to buy Chobani yogurts from Wholefoods, but... I read an article recently about WholeFoods pulling Chobani off the shelves, because of the 'GMO content'. There is a big debate about it and it turns out that Wholefoods stocks other brands who use GMO ingredients, etc... so they are not being fair at all. Just to clarify, Chobani is made with milk from GMO-fed cows, it doesn't actually include GM genetically modified ingredients.  I am not sure if you are aware of this, but unless you only buy organic and GM-free labeled products, you are more than likely getting meat and dairy from animals fed with GM feed. I hope that makes sense and clarifies things. Basically - if you don't eat all organic and GM-free, technically you have nothing to worry about. I thought I should include this info - I like to know what's in my food and this debate got me worried, so I decided to look into it.

Overall, I really love Chobani yogurts and they are the only low fat dairy products I decided to include in my diet. I simply adore their texture and the delicious flavours. Diary isn't a big part of my diet and I don't even drink cows milk (I only drink almond milk), so two pots of Chobani (or other Greek yogurts) are not going to hurt me :)

Have you tried Chobani? How do you feel about low fat foods and what are your thoughts on products made with milk from GMO-fed cows? Do you consider this kind of stuff, when you choose your food? 

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  1. Yum! I love Chobani yoghurts, the plain one is great for cooking and makes a good guacamole and is yummy in mash!

    Sophie x

  2. the brand "total" is the best! It cannot be compared with anything

  3. Have you heard of Noosa yogurt? It's better for you and tastes better too. Also, I agree with what you said about low fat - low fat isn't necessarily good for you. The only way to get lean is to eat a balanced, clean diet and up your HIIT.

  4. I really want to try them except i am unsure if they are sold in New Zealand! :)
    Great post!

  5. Found these in Morrisons in EK, tried them, loved them and haven't been able to find them since! why are they so difficult to find?!

    Lauren xx

  6. I like that the protein content is higher than normal yogurt and the lovely creamy texture. I used to buy regularly from Tesco but recently I haven't been able to find them anywhere!

  7. I like that the protein content is higher than normal yogurt and the lovely creamy texture. I used to buy regularly from Tesco but haven't been able to find them anywhere recently!

  8. I wish I loved Greek Yogurt. They smell so good and are packed with so much protein, but I just can't make myself like them!

  9. I love Chobani and Fage yogurts. Totally delicious, but just an occasional treat, like you say. The more I learn about dairy, the less I want to eat it. Much better off getting protein from lentils/brown rice/nuts/etc. I'm not nearly educated enough about the GMO issues to comment, though! Definitely something to think about.

  10. As a huge yoghurt lover, these sound great! I too am careful about low fat options. I watched a documentary recently that reviewed ingredients of low fat vs original and although the low fat was lower in fat, it was higher in things like salt and sugar. Really weary of aspartame, nasty stuff.
    Laura x | Life and Lipstick

  11. Oh my, I love yoghurt! And these all look just amazingly good. I would definately love to try out them.

  12. They sound really good!!! And you're right, it seems like we're not allowed to talk about healthy eating because people just assume we're fat because we only eat sh*t! It's better to use sugar than aspartame, but most people don't care about that! I like using sweeteners instead of sugar, but stay away from aspartame and such... And I've actually heard from a nutritionist that people shouldn't go for the low fat things because they're usually packed with more sugar and salt, which ends up being worse than eating the whole fat version of the product..

    Rosie's Life

  13. i have never seen these before but they do look nice :)
    The Inked Blonde

  14. i looove chobani! most of the time, the grocery stores i go to have a 10 for $10 deal on the medium sized ones. i love coconut, vanilla and plain. i used to get the large tub of the plain, but i wouldn't use it fast enough so getting the smaller ones works out for me!

  15. I hate the way people are utterly convinced something is good for them just because it's labelled 'low fat' or 'sugar free', or branded Weight Watchers. I really wish people would do some research and try to actually understand nutrition! These sound lovely and it's great that they don't use artificial sweeteners :)

    Jess xo


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