Now, full disclaimer here. Chobani has been good to me. They have sent me yogurt to review in the past, and I even went to the Chomobile when it was at a race expo in Atlanta. Lest I am labeled as a "Chobani-ho" (do you guys think that will catch on?), I wanted to share an interesting article that Tim forwarded to me earlier today.
Read it if you're so inclined, but the premise is that an attorney who once focused on bringing down the tobacco industry is now focusing on unhealthy foods. The stock photo at the top of the article was a bowl of potato chips - pretty much standard "junk food", in my opinion. But as I read on, I realized one of the foods most targeted as being "misleading" and full of "hidden sugars" was...Chobani Greek yogurt.
I realized pretty quickly that they weren't specifically talking about the plain yogurts, but instead about my favorites like pineapple and black cherry. Chobani lists "evaporated cane juice" as an ingredient, and this particular attorney believes that that is misleading terminology and should be called, straight-up, SUGAR instead.
|Healthy snack or mislabeled junk food?|
1) Is evaporated cane juice the same thing as sugar?
2) Should companies need to follow clearer labeling instructions?
I did a little research and it looks like: evaporated cane juice, since it less processed than refined sugar, has slightly more riboflavin. That's it. Calories, etc. are the same. So there's the first question answered.
As far as companies being misleading by including evaporated cane juice on their labels, I'm not convinced it's a big deal. People who are interested in reading labels and eating more natural foods will probably already know about differences and similarities between evaporated cane juice, brown rice syrup, sugar and high fructose corn syrup. And really, are kids in America getting obese because they're eating too much fruit-flavored Greek yogurt?
Do you prefer/avoid foods that contain certain types of sweeteners? Or are you on the sugar-free bandwagon?
I typically try to avoid high-fructose corn syrup. And I admit I get swayed into thinking foods are "better" or "natural" when the ingredients say evaporated cane juice or brown rice syrup instead of SUGAR, which is probably a mistake on my part.
Do you think that lawsuits against certain foods, labeling practices and the like are ever justified?
I'm torn on this one. I think a lot of good can come from holding companies accountable for what they are selling and how they are marketing it. BUT...I'm not entirely convinced that some sweetened, high-protein, low-fat yogurt is the problem here.