From Pinkberry to Yogurtland: A Breakdown of Chemicals Found in Frozen Yogurt [VIDEO]


Here I was, thinking frozen yogurt was good for me, a light treat that was both virtuous and conveniently healthy. Turns out, I’ve been living a lie for the past five years.

“It’s not an alternative to yogurt, it’s an alternative to ice cream,” says David Katz, a doctor and founding director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center.  “The fact that there’s yogurt in the name in no way exonerates what’s in your cup.”  Great. Just great.

According to the report by Huffpo’s Unreal Eats, many frozen yogurt brands have tons of added sugar and delicious sounding (not) additives like maltodextrin, sodium citrate, cellulose gum, and disodium phosphate. Because nothing says delicious like a heavy dose of chemical stabilizers.  Or beaver butts, apparently.  Yeah, that “natural flavor” in your white chocolate raspberry, graham cracker, and chocolate sauce creation? It’s found in nature alright, but castoreum, often used for berry flavorings, is an extract from beaver perineal glands.

Watch the full breakdown of the chemicals your favorite frozen yogurt chains are packing:

So, um, I’ll be over here, drowning my tears in some equally “healthy” ice cream I just pulled from the freezer. And don’t you dare ask me if I want to go to Pinkberry to make it better.

H/T Huff Po

By Nora Landis-Shack

Nora Landis-Shack was born to be a foodie. With a classically trained French chef for a father, she’s been exploring new tastes since she was big enough to help chop vegetables for dinner. Pig’s feet, frog’s legs, and tripe are delicious child’s play. Which isn’t to say she doesn’t love a great steak. Because she does. With frites, please.

1 reply on “From Pinkberry to Yogurtland: A Breakdown of Chemicals Found in Frozen Yogurt [VIDEO]”

While some websites continue to report that it’s used often, castoreum is very rarely used these days in natural flavors. Also, if something doesn’t state “with other natural flavors,” it definitely does not and cannot contain castoreum.

Everything else you listed is pretty standard, inoffensive food ingredients.

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