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

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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

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Apparently Cadbury Crème Eggs Contain Traces of Beaver Butts

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Halt! Put down that leftover Easter candy. You might want to read this first.

Before today, the most of your worries were whether or not ants managed to dig their way into your colorful plastic eggs, but it turns out the most terrifying part of one popular Easter treat actually comes from within.

According to the Huffington Post, Cadbury Crème Eggs contain an artificial sweetener called castoreum, commonly listed as “natural flavoring” in vanilla and raspberry-flavored treats and which is derived from, yes, the anal gland excretions of beavers.

Except a look on the castoreum Wikipedia page says the anal glands and castor glands are separate and that castoreum is actually used along with beaver urine to mark territory, so I’m not really sure which to believe.

But if I had to choose, I think I’d much rather have the latter. I mean, that’s like choosing between eating poop and drinking pee right? And it only makes sense to pick  . . . pee . . . right?

H/T LAist + PicThx Wunderground