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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

On Yogurt

I bought some of that Yoplait Fiber One yogurt the other day, thinking that I could use more fiber in my diet, and that yogurt would be a pleasant way to get it. But I was a little taken aback by how smooth and creamy the yogurt was. What good is that supposed to do, fiber-wise? Fiber is good for your system because your body can't break it down, and so it scrapes out your digestive tract, leaving you feeling shiny, clean, and colon-cancer free. But if the fiber is already ground down so fine that I can't even detect it in my yogurt, do I really think it's going to have the desired affect that fiber is supposed to have? No, I really don't.

I'm just a little tired of being sold on stupid things. Like that special yogurt that's supposed to be good for your digestive system. Activa, I think they call it. Well guess what? All yogurt is good for your digestive system, because all yogurt is cultured, i.e., it contains probiotics, or "good bacteria", which your digestive system uses to help break down food. So you don't need a special brand of yogurt to replenish your probiotics.

I actually kind of like Brown Cow yogurt, which I have to make a special trip to (sow your) Wild Oats Market, aka Whole Foods, in order to purchase, as Smith's (Mark It Fresh Yesterday) doesn't carry anything that's too fancy or delicious. Brown Cow has some flavors that include whole chunks of grain and nuts, which I imagine would have a more fibrous affect on your digestive tract than the creamy smooth boredom of Yoplait Fiber One. I also think it uses regular sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup, and that's always a plus.

I miss the yogurt I used to eat in Germany. It is much thinner than American yogurt, but creamier, and more real tasting. That's the best way I can describe it. We process food so much in America that sometimes I don't even feel like I'm eating food, but some flavored synthetic substance. I used to sit in the kitchen in my dormitory in Kiel with a giant jar of German blueberry yogurt and a big spoon. I could eat a whole jar in two days. Maybe one if I really made an effort. There are several things in Germany that I wish I could have here in America, and yogurt is one of them. Others are: doener kababs (Turkish gyros), Flensburger Weisen (beer), Chocolate (yes, we have it here, but it's not the same), Sauer Kraut (ditto), Mezzo Mix (orange coke).



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7 comments:

Erin said...

Doner Kebabs are AWESOME. But sauerkraut? BLEEEEEECHHHHH!!!

I eat so much processed shit, I'm surprised I don't poop plastic.

heidikins said...

I love homemade yogurt, it's light and creamy and oh so delicious....we used to make it all the time while I was growing up.

xox

B.R. said...

Ah, somebody else who worries about things yogurt.... I keep saying that it's a consequential topic!
It used to be one of my high-frequency foods.
All I can say is I concur with you on the thinner, creamier Euro yogurt.
I mostly use Dannon's plain yogurt because it's smooth enough, I suppose. But I'm always in the market for good yogurt recommendations.

jess said...

i love sauerkraut on a reuben.

i miss sra.

portland!

(diff post...i know...but i got some kick ass vision insurance from my husband when we got married. woot! added bonus! well hung AND contacts and glasses are COVERED. tmi? oops!! hahhaha)

i totally eat activia. but i know it's no different than the other stuff. i just like poop jokes.

Sra said...

Erin: You must try proper sauerkraut, which is ever so slightly sweet. I used to just eat it right out of the jar. In America it has to be on something, like a hot dog or reuben.

Heidikins: You are so much more domestic than you give yourself credit for. I envy that sometimes.

B.R.: I used to be a yoplait snob, but then when I realized most varieties of yoplait contain high fructose corn syrup, I had to shop around a bit. It's actually hard to find yogurt with real sugar in it.

Jess: I know, I've been a bad little blogger, not posting enough, and not tending to comments. Well hung, eh? ;)

Anonymous said...

I, too, fell for the yogurt in Berlin when I was there in March - apricot was my flavor and I'd usually never even buy that one! I came back from Germany looking for yogurt that could compare and I found Liberte (Canadian) came the closest. They have a six grain variety that is really delicious and has big whole grains in it. I have also started making my own which is incredibly easy though not quite as good.

Anonymous said...

I, too, fell for the yogurt in Berlin when I was there in March - apricot was my flavor and I'd usually never even buy that one! I came back from Germany looking for yogurt that could compare and I found Liberte (Canadian) came the closest. They have a six grain variety that is really delicious and has big whole grains in it. I have also started making my own which is incredibly easy though not quite as good.

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