A few weeks ago, my sister and I made a commitment to begin to integrate healthier food choices into our diets, while phasing out junk food.
One of the obvious choices was yogurt, as women it is great for your calcium intake, and overall, yogurt has a healthy reputation, and can replace bad
for you ice creams, and other junky snacks.
So we go to the store and choose about twenty little cups to start out with.
We get home, and a few days pass as we are eating our healthier foods.
My sister comes in and informs me that the yoplait cups kill wildlife.
Right on the side of the container, sure enough, it says,
"Protect Wildlife, crush cup before disposal."
Right then, for that reason, we decided to immediately quit buying Yoplait.
It should be a crime to design a killer plastic cup for yogurt. How dare this corporation sluff off responsibility for their Peta unfriendly design to
consumers. I refuse to give my hard earned money to such a company that cares so little about life.
But if that werent bad enough, we soon discovered that they apparently would like to kill off the consumers as well, which doesnt make sense because
without consumers they have no business.
Check out this label!
Any good conspiracy theorist knows exactly which ingredients are the killers in this line up.
But for those new to the killer label phenomenon, we have HFCS, Aspartame, acetate, and good old migraine inducing red#40. Please read a little about
these killer ingredients.
"cultured pasteurized grade A low fat milk: It’s cultured, which means bacteria has been added to it to ferment the lactose and galactose (milk
sugars) and convert them into lactic acid. Milk is fermented in order to increase the shelf-life, add taste, and increase digestibility. It’s
pasteurized, which means it’s been heated to destroy some viable pathogens. It’s Grade A, meaning it complies with the National Conference on
Interstate Milk Shipments “Grade A” milk program, which is based on the FDA’s Pasteurized Milk Ordinance requirements to be shipped interstate.
It’s low fat which mean it’s gone through a centrifuge which separates the fat from the the rest of the product.
sugar: This either comes from the sugarcane or the sugar beet.
modified corn starch: This is made by removing the starch from the corn through a fermentation process and a centrifuge. The starch is dried and
modified, typically with inorganic acids, to become a fat substitute and to act as a thickener for the yogurt.
high fructose corn syrup: High fructose corn syrup is a sweetener that’s included in many foods. In fact, it’s in most processed foods that you
eat. HFCS extends the shelf-life of food and is a cheaper sweetener than sugar. It’s made by turning the sugar that’s in cornstarch into
I recently saw the documentary King Corn, where the filmmakers asked the syrup makers in the Corn Belt if they could film the HFCS making process.
There are about 16 chemical plants that produce the syrup and none allowed it! So the filmmakers dug up a recipe and made it themselves. It was
disturbing – a vat of murky fermented liquid with much chemical tweaking. Although there are not conclusive human studies that indicate HFCS has
detrimental health effects, there are animal studies that link HFCS with diabetes and high cholesterol. HFCS can also leave you hungry or make you eat
more. Consuming HFCS raises your insulin and blood sugar levels less than does consuming glucose (regular sugar). Thus, your body does not think
it’s as full as it does when you consume calories from other foods. Thus, you eat more.
nonfat milk: Same as low fat milk, just with less fat.
kosher gelatin: Gelatin. That’s horse byproduct! It’s made from the prolonged boiling of animal skin, tissue, and bones. But it’s kosher,
meaning, well, it’s still made form fish bones and beef skins.
citric acid: This is an organic acid that exists in citrus fruits and is a natural preservative and flavor additive.
tricalcium phosphate: It’s a calcium salt. I’ve read that it is added to reduced fat foods to develop smoothness and opaqueness, as well as
increase calcium content.
natural flavor: A bit nebulous, right? But if you recall from Fast Food Nation, natural flavor isn’t natural at all - it’s an additive concocted
by flavorists. The exact definition of natural flavor from the Code of Federal Regulation is “the essential oil, oleoresin, essence or extractive,
protein hydrolysate, distillate, or any product of roasting, heating or enzymolysis, which contains the flavoring constituents derived from a spice,
fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, seafood, poultry, eggs,
dairy products, or fermentation products thereof, whose significant function in food is flavoring rather than nutritional.”
pectin: Pectin is a gelling agent much like gelatin. Except pectin is derived from the cell walls of plants instead of cows or fish bones.
colored with carmines: That’s Red No. 40, made of carminic acid, which is produced by the cochineal insect. Yes, that’s right. Small red bugs make
my yogurt pink.
vitamin A acetate: This is a one of the primary forms of Vitamin A nutritional supplement
vitamin D3: It’s the same vitamin your skin gets when exposed to the sun."
So why is yoplait doing this? I feel frauded by them. They harp on about being healthy and they support breast cancer research, etc. Yoplait has the
Pink Lid campaign where they bank on women gobbling up their killer yogurt, yet they fail to mention that only in August of last year did they quit
using milk from cows injected with rbst, a bovine hormone linked to you guessed it, Breast Cancer. Talk about hand holding in the world of big
Here is a link to an article about this:
So Yoplait takes this step TEN yrs into the Pink Lids for Breast cancer campaign. Way to go, now we just have to get rid of the other ingredients on
I found many other brands ingredients and cup design to be perfectly acceptable. The problem is yoplait has the consumers share of this market, and
some stores around here carry mostly yoplait, with tiny selections of other brands.
Why would yoplait do this? How hard is it to change a daggum cup design? And how manipulative to support breast cancer research while feeding mainly
women (yogurts biggest consumer) cancer causing food?
I am not the only one to notice the yoplait conspiracy.
In closing I leave you these links, from others who notice something wrong with yoplait.
How About An Excerpt From This One?
"The Forum on Public Health consisted of a panelists of individuals focusing on Breast Cancer, what we can do to prevent this disease, and the blind
eye that corporations want us to have when it comes to their so-called efforts in fighting this disease. Barbara Brenner of Breast Cancer Action in
California, Laura Weinberg of the Great Neck Breast Cancer Coalition, and Karen Joy Miller of Prevention is the Cure were all very organized,
knowledgeable, and thorough in the presentations. There are so many organizations and corporations who paint such a beautiful picture of their
efforts in helping the fight against Breast Cancer, but, underneath the façade of lies, there lies the truth that the majority of funds donated to
the cause are recycled right back into their organization. Let’s take Yoplait Yogurt for example; they offer to all their consumers that for every
label of yogurt sent back to their corporation, the corporation will donate “X” amount of cents to the Breast Cancer Coalition. This is a not so
obvious gimmick that touches the hearts of sincere consumers who in turn does this to “do their part” and expect Yoplait to fulfill their end of
the bargain. Yoplait does their part and donates cents on the dollar, for every label returned, to the Breast Cancer Coalition. But here’s how
they get you; the amount of Yoplait a consumer needs to eat, the number of labels that are sent back to Yoplait, and the postage used to send out the
labels directly relates to Yoplait’s profits. Yoplait still makes out with the upper hand. The money they donate does not come close to the profit
they make on their increased sales of their yogurt. An even larger contradiction with Yoplait’s gimmick is that some of the ingredients used to
make their yogurt…are cancer causing. This alone defeats the entire purpose of the Yoplait organization. Again, we see that even though the
primary objective is a little more subtle than Monsanto and their super spuds, Yoplait’s number one goal is still their income. "
So, in conclusion for the moment, as I am almost out of characters, is buyer beware. I now look at my labels more closely than ever. Dont assume
everything labeled healthy is healthy.
I hope others can share their food conspiracy findings, comment on yoplait and the miriad of conspiracies here, or just comment on the post itself.