Yoplait Delights Parfait – Trick or Treat? [Inside the Label]

Fooducate reader Terri G asks: “Yoplait just came out with a new yummy treat. Yoplait Parfait. It’s really good. What can you tell me about it? Is it very bad, okay, good?”

Yes, Yoplait has  introduced a new product line a few weeks ago, called Yoplait Delights Parfait. They come in 4 different flavors, Chocolate Raspberry, Creme Caramel, Triple Berry Creme, and Lemon Torte.
There’s a definitive European touch to these treats, which Yoplait classifies under the SNACK category, in case anyone is wondering. If you have mistaken this product for yogurt, we invite you to learn together with us what’s inside the label.

What you need to know:

We took a look at the  Chocolate Raspberry flavor. Yoplait touts these snacks as a 3pm pick me up to tide you over til dinner.  At 100 calories per container, it sounds like an appealing option. And the packaging promises that this product “Meets National Yogurt Association criteria for Live and Active Culture Yogurt.” What could be bad?

Well, there’s not much going for this product from a nutritional standpoint. It’s unclear why there are 12 grams of sugar (3 teaspoons) here, as the product has been pumped up with artificial sweeteners (see below). There is absolutely no fiber content and that’s a shame, because fiber helps our body feel fuller.

And the so called National Yogurt Association is nothing more that a trade group sponsored by Yoplait and other manufacturers in order to place a stamp of self approval on their products.

Here is the Ingredient list:
Cultured Pasteurized Grade A Low Fat Milk, Sugar, Modified Corn Starch, Fructose, Nonfat Milk, Raspberries, Kosher Gelatin, Cocoa Processed with Alkali, Dextrose, Color Added, Pectin, Chocolate Liquor, Salt, Agar-Agar, Potassium Sorbate Added to Maintain Freshness, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Sucralose, Acesulfame Potassium, Colored with Carmine, Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin D3.

Let’s decode the ingredients:
Cultured Pasteurized Grade A Low Fat Milk – All those adjectives, just for milk! “Grade A” is actually an FDA approved definition of milk, making sure it has a low bacteria count, was pasteurized, kept at certain temperatures, and not mixed with water, among other parameters.
Sugar – it’s unclear why added sugar appears as the second ingredient here, because the product is also artificially sweetened.
Modified Corn Starch – an additive used as a thickener.
Fructose – more sugar.
Nonfat Milk – this milk has no fat, unlike the milk listed above that has a tiny bit of fat.
Raspberries – probably a very small amount.
Kosher Gelatin – Generally, gelatin (E441) is a translucent, colorless, brittle, nearly tasteless solid substance, derived from the collagen inside animals’ skin and bones. It is commonly used as a gelling agent. It is in almost every “gummy” confectionery as well as other products such as marshmallows and some low-fat yogurt. Kosher dietary laws don’t allow for gelatin from animal products in dairy. Vegetable sources are agar-agar (a seaweed), carrageenan, or pectin.
Cocoa Processed with Alkali – Also known as Dutch Processed Cocoa, helps to remove the natural acidity of the cocoa bean. Unfortunately, it also removes the beneficial flavanoids found in the cocoa beans.
Dextrose – Yet more sugar. Dextrose is a term for Glucose. Glucose and Fructose together make Sucrose, which is commonly known as table sugar. This is the third time sugar appears in the ingredient list.
Color Added – the beautiful luster of this snack comes not from the expected ingredients, rather by adding colors.
Pectin (E440) – derived from apples and other fruits. Found in and between a plant’s cell walls and used to regulate water flow in and out of cells. In food, used as a gelling agent, thickening agent and stabilizer.
Chocolate Liquorwe wonder how much alcohol is in this…a liquid form of chocolate formed in the processing of cacao beans.
Agar-Agar – a gelatin derived from seaweed.
Potassium Sorbate  (E202) – used to inhibit molds and yeasts in many foods, such as cheese, wine, yogurt, dried meats, apple cider and baked goods.
Natural and Artificial Flavor - that raspberry flavor you’re enjoying came from a lab, not real raspberries.
Sucralose – an artificial sweetener with zero calories approved by the FDA for use since 1998. Some tests in the past have shown that it may damage the autoimmune system of rats, but more recent tests have shown the product to be safe.
Acesulfame Potassium – A zero calorie sweetener.  Some studies suggest that prolonged usage, especially if begun as a child, increase the risk of cancer.
Colored with Carmine – carmine is a code word for a red dye powder derived from the ground up bodies of female cochineal insects.
Vitamin A Acetate – a form of vitamin A
Vitamin D3 – a form of vitamin D.

Summary
While this may be a tasty snack, it lacks fiber and thus may not be the most appropriate bridge to keep you full between lunch and dinner. How about an apple? or a banana? or a slice of whole wheat bread with a thin layer of peanut butter?

What to do at the supermarket:

As snacks go, you could do worse. But since this product will be waiting for you in the dairy section of the supermarket, don’t confuse it with regular yogurts. The best yogurt to get is a plain lowfat yogurt, to which you can add some of your own raspberries, strawberries, or cherries – fresh or frozen. If it’s not sweet enough, a spoonful of sugar (not three) should be enough.

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  • Paul

    “Chocolate Liquor – we wonder how much alcohol is in this…”
    Um, unless you’re joking with that commend, methinks you need to read up Wikipedia about Chocolate Liquor: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chocolate_liquor
    “chocolate liquor is simply a liquid form of chocolate formed in the processing of cacao beans (thus containing NO alcohol)”

    • http://www.fooducate.com/blog staff

      thanks for the editorial help Paul. updated the post.
      PS – congrats on becoming a daddy…

  • Ter.

    I would agree that Yoplait becomes suspicious by parceling the “parfait” with approval by a phantom authority, especially one that doesn’t even fulfill the definition of a yogurt. However, you’ve built up all the excitement by asking whether it is a bad food, and the one argument you make at the end is that it’s a poor snack food by the quality of… omission of fiber. Your article lacks the “fiber” of building an argument.

    “Dextrose – Yet more sugar. Dextrose is a term for Glucose….”
    Glucose happens to be the form of sugar that plants and animals can naturally get along with. It is the sugar produced from plants, and it is the human body’s “go-to” source for starch, a.k.a. energy, which doesn’t make it a bad ingredient considering other sugars that can be added to food. I too cite Wikipedia because it’s easy.

    “Glucose and Fructose together make Sucrose, which is commonly known as table sugar….”
    That’s if the molecules of both Glucose and Fructose combine chemically. It’s unclear whether that happens in foods where both exist.

    You might exercise better taste (pardon the pun) in mentioning Kosher gelatin. As it reads, it first describes what is gelatin used in food in general. What- are you trying to scare somebody before you go into the actual definition of Kosher gelatin?

    • http://www.fooducate.com/blog staff

      Thanks for you witty comments Ter :-) . Want to write for the Fooducate blog?

      The claim in this post is that the product is a SNACK disguising itself as a yogurt to win favor with health conscious consumers. Another little trick by the food industry, seemingly trivial in and of itself. But when aggregated, all these little tricks add up to create a distorted picture of proper nutrition for consumers.

      We hope that message was clear enough in the post.

  • Pat Johnston

    I have been buying Yoplait Parfait Bites Frozen yogurt bites with strawberry filling coated at Costco for several months, the last 3 or 4 weeks I have tried to get it but it is unavailable where can I purchase this product

  • sharon

    i have also been getting these at costco up until lately and want to know
    where i can look to buy them now that they don’t seem to be available there
    right now.

  • http://firefox doris

    I found this Yoplait Chocolate Raspberry Delight parfait to be a tasty treat. However I found a terrible aftertaste in my mouth. I have tried it twice, same thing. Will not eat anymore or buy anymore.

  • Dan D.

    @doris

    Thats the sucralose they put in there, and for seemingly no good reason at all. I really am tired of food makers adding sucralose (Spelnda) to everything. It tastes like crap (if you cant taste it, your tastebuds must be dead from eating horrible diet food for too long), and it messes with your blood sugar levels and has been proven to have many other side effects. Why do we replace one bad thing we’ve been eating too much of with something else that we are now eating too much of?

  • Jade

    There is natural sugar that comes from Lactose. Just for your information, 113g serving of non-fat PLAIN yogurt contains 9g of ”sugar”(from Lactose probably!)….
    So, it might be fair to believe that there is only 3g of added sugar in 1 serving (113g) of the Delight Parfait…

  • Cmattke4

    I do not care for the ACESULFAME & SUCRALOSE you put in your Yoplait Delights Parfaits.  Why can’t Yoplait just use ‘old fashioned ‘sugar?  Until just good old fashioned sugar is used, I  will not be purchasing this product again. Aftertaste, yes there’s the sucralose/aspartame taste~not FOR ME 

  • Cherri

    The grasshopper are the most wonderful taste just like mint chocolate chip ice cream.  My friends and I love them.  Trying to find the carmel and I believe there is a Cherry Cheescake.  I liked the rasberry until I ate the grasshoper and the grasshopper winds hands down.  Thank You for such a wonderful treat.

    Cherri

  • Cagarske

    Can you freeze this yogurt?
     

    • Janice

      yes you can and its YUMMY!!!!!

  • Janice

    I Love them…I eat 3 or 4 a day. I freeze them though. I cant find the yoplait splitz anymore so I found these. I have a hard time eating regular foods so when I found these and froze them…I fell in love. I cant find all the flavors..they are suppose to have berry berry and caramel and cheesecake. Cant find those 3. I get mine at meijers. Please keep them coming!!!.