The Sad State of Yogurt

I’m strongly leaning towards a vegan diet, but I still indulge in foods that are not vegan; often to my detriment. Lately, I’ve had a hankering for some yogurt, and I’ve been scouring the shelves of the grocery stores I frequent for something that would resemble real yogurt.

Every yogurt product I see is either “low fat”, “light”, or “no fat”. I wonder how that is even possible, since yogurt is traditionally made from a fatty product. What’s worse, is that some of them replace the fat with copious amounts of sugar, or artificial sweeteners.

After standing in front of the myriad brands of yogurt on display on several occasions, I finally gave in and purchased some Yoplait light yogurt that was on sale. Sadly, I didn’t look closely at the ingredients before I made my purchase. I noted that it had 10 grams of sugar, vs. 26 grams in some other varieties, and it proudly proclaimed that it contained no Aspartame.

What I didn’t notice was that it contained many unnecessary and unnatural ingredients, including food coloring (Red #40 and Blue #1). Why does yogurt need food coloring? It had potassium sorbate to maintain freshness, and Sucralose! Why? The ingredient list reads like a science experiment.

yoplait-yogurt-containerI’m pretty sure I’ll never buy yogurt, again. I am absolutely sure I’ll never buy another Yoplait product. The packaging is recyclable, but it’s not recycle friendly. The container is difficult to rinse out thoroughly, and you can’t stack them to save space in the recycle bin. What could possibly be the advantage in such a backwards package design?

The fact that there are no natural yogurt products available at any of the stores I frequent tells me that consumers have demanded this bastardization of an otherwise healthy, pro-biotic food. Wake up people! Stop buying over-processed, chemical soup foods that mimic real food in name only. Stop demanding low fat versions of food that are made of fat. Fat is not evil; preservatives, artificial sweeteners, and food dyes are evil. I get headaches from this stuff; literally. I can measure the difference in my performance when I exercise after eating this stuff. I’m pretty sure I’m going to go vegan and eat only whole foods. There was a time when I couldn’t imagine living without meat and dairy products, but that time has passed. I am not a strict vegan, yet, but I do eat vegan for days at a time, and I have more energy and mental acuity during those times than when I’m eating non-vegan or processed foods.

I got up this morning, ready to take on the world. After days of clouds and rain, the sun was breaking through. After eating 6 ounces of Yoplait yogurt, my brain is fuzzy and I can feel the drag on my body. Food isn’t supposed to make you ill. I hope people get smart and demand more wholesome foods. Yogurt doesn’t need a 3 month shelf life and it definitely doesn’t need artificial coloring.

Thanks for reading!


The PBL MX6-CF Halogen Light

I don’t normally post this kind of thing on my sustainable living blog, but I feel pretty strongly about this P.O.S. light made by PBL. I’d be suspect of any of their products, based on my experience with the PBL MX6-CF.

The most obvious flaw is the nut into which the bolt that clamps the light to the light-stand screws. The threaded nut, insert, bushing, or whatever you want to call it, is simply pressed into the plastic mount. All of my other lights have some kind of washer or flange that prevents the threaded metal part from pulling out. This one has nothing. Here is a video, that demonstrates the design, and how it fails …

I have two of these lights. They have both failed in the same way. They have also gone through 7 halogen bulbs in about 50 hours of combined use. The last bulb didn’t last 2 hours.* At about $15/bulb, the bulbs have cost me more than one of the lights. These lights also have a focusing feature that is totally worthless. I hope anyone who is thinking of buying one of these finds this information in time to save them from wasting their money. The lights are inexpensive, but you cannot rely on them.

I’m pretty sure I’m going to migrate my entire light setup to LED lights. The HMI lights are just too expensive for my business, and the LEDs are lightweight, cool running, energy efficient, and virtually indestructible.

*I do not touch the halogen bulbs with my fingers when I install them, and I have other lights plugged into the same power source that have been using the same bulbs for 10 years.