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Greek Gods yogurt: they ought to be ashamed!

Ruth Lafler | Feb 26, 200709:11 AM

I bought some Greek Gods yogurt this weekend, hoping for a less expensive substitute for my Fage Total addiction.

I did read the label -- the moment I saw the word "pectin" I should have put it down and backed away, but no, I actually bought this garbage.

The label claims this is "Greek style" yogurt and that Greek yogurt is "a thick and creamy yogurt, full of body and rich in taste." However, despite the strong implication, this is not Greek style strained yogurt -- it's regular yogurt with (as far as I can tell) extra thickeners. In other words, it's not even as good as a good quality American-style yogurt. If you ever have any doubts, you can compare the nutritional content: since strained yogurt has more liquid taken out, the nutrients are more concentrated. Fage Total 0% has about 15 grams of protein per six ounces; Greek Gods 0% plain has 6 grams of protein per six ounces -- less than half as much. Furthermore, the extra pectin doesn't make it "creamy" -- it makes it grainy and lumpy. Ick! All this could be forgiven if it tasted good, but it doesn't. Double ick!

They really ought to be ashamed of their deceptive packaging. Yeah, I should have (and did) known better, but if I hadn't been eating real Greek yogurt for years now, and if I hadn't had a carton of real Greek yogurt to compare the ingredients and nutrition statement, then I might have actually believed it was real "Greek style" yogurt.

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