Saturday, August 11, 2012

Product review: Müller Greek Corner Yogurt

Just this past Thursday, I was walking through Philly on my way to a client meeting, and I started to see an awfully unusual amount of people walking by me with yogurt in hand. (Let's be serious--Philadelphia, as a whole, is not that healthy. Especially not the demo that was passing me at that time.) When the masses parted, I saw the distribution source: I young woman with a red Quaker freezer bag slung in front. Free food? We pounced! What she handed me was this:


Müller Greek Corner Lowfat Yogurt with Strawberry (and a coupon for the product, which is currently floating somewhere around the abyss that is my bag.) I took it home, threw it in the fridge, and didn't crack it open until just a moment ago.

At 150 calories, the yogurt makes a nice snack or a good addition to breakfast to help round out the meal. The greek (style) yogurt combined with the included strawberry fruit goo was tasty and satisfying! My biggest problem, though, is the added sugar--a problem I have with most greek-style yogurts. (Yes, even Chobani.) This little 5.3 oz snack has 21g of sugar!! While some of that comes from the strawberries in the form of "natural" sugar, the ingredients read as so:
INGREDIENTS: LOWFAT YOGURT (CULTURED PASTEURIZED GRADE A REDUCED FAT MILK, SUGAR, MILK PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, WHEY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, MODIFIED FOOD STARCH, KOSHER GELATIN), STRAWBERRY PREPARATION (STRAWBERRIES, SUGAR, WATER, GLUCOSE-FRUCTOSE SYRUP, PECTIN, CITRIC ACID, LOCUST BEAN GUM, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, GUAR GUM, SODIUM CITRATE, CARMIN (FOR COLOR)).
Why on earth are companies so compelled to make everything like candy? This product would have been fantastic if it was a bit less sweet! Still, it's lowfat and not a candy bar. Will I go out of my way to buy this product? No. Would I eat it again? Hell yes.


My curiosity was not limited to the nutrition, though. Why the Quaker bag? What is Müller? According to DairyReporter.com, Müller Quaker Dairy is a joint venture between PepsiCo (parent company to Quaker) and the Germany-based Theo Müller Group to bring the US (the company's) first domestic yogurt-producing plant. Read on: 


Muller Quaker Dairy, the joint venture between PepsiCo and the Germany-based Theo Müller Group, has broken ground on its first US yogurt manufacturing plant – less than a month after entering the market.

The plant will use dairy farm product from the US to produce it's yogurt and hopes to aid in the nation's growing demand for the product. Perhaps will see an added product line for a more natural yogurt? Maybe? Here is the full nutrition breakdown:

Nutrition Facts:
Serving Size: 1 Container (150g), Amount Per Serving:  
Calories: 150, Fat Cal: 10
Total Fat: 2g       ( 3% DV)
  Sat. Fat: 1.5g    ( 6% DV)
  Trans Fat: 0g
Cholest: 15mg    ( 5% DV)
Sodium: 80mg    ( 3% DV)
Total Carb: 24g  ( 8% DV)
  Fiber: 0g
  Sugars: 21g
Protein: 9g          (18% DV)
Calcium:             (25% DV)


Along with the Greek Corner yogurt, Müller also offers two other yogurt product lines: regular Corner yogurt (fruit in the corner, get it?) and FrütUp, a yogurt with "fruit mousse." I had a taste of that one from my co-workers street grab. It's not bad, just different... 

DISCLAIMER: I do not claim to be any sort of nutritionist or food expert. My reviews and opinions are based on my own research and fitness goals. If you have any helpful input or critiques, please add your two cents to the comment section! It's not just for me, but for other readers too ;)




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