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      01.01.2013 15:08
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      An indulgent feeling yoghurt with only 67 calories a pot!

      I don't often buy yoghurts as they are usually expensive and not really something I fancy, but after seeing the adverts about giving your stomach some TLC blah blah blah... I saw these activia fat free yoghurts and thought I'd give them a try as a healthier, lighter dessert option especially if they were going to do my stomach some good. I had tried some other yoghurts from the Activia range before such as the layered yoghurts at my mums, however I had never actually bought any for myself.

      ~ Activia ~
      Activia yoghurts are produced by a company called danone who manufacture products in other ranges such as aptamil, actimel, shape, volvic, evian, cow & gate and nutricia.
      The activia range is designed to be part of a healthy diet, it is involved in the TLC club which 'is the fun way to feel good'. The TLC club has enlisted the help of three TLC experts who've worked out the best recipes, nutrition, fitness and lifestyle tips to get you feeling great inside and out. To find out more about the TLC club and how you can join, visit this link:

      http://www.danoneactivia.co.uk/tlc

      The activia range includes numerous different types of yoghurt to suit any occasion. Such as Intensely creamy, greek style, natural, layers, snack pots, fruit, breakfast pots and the latest addition pouring yoghurt.

      ~ Price & availability ~
      Activia fat free is available in most large supermarkets such as Sainsbury's, Asda & Tesco's. It's available to buy in packs of four and eight. It comes in a large range of flavours such as peach, cherry, forest fruits, mandarin, mango, blueberry, pineapple, raspberry (the one I'm reviewing) , strawberry and vanilla. A pack of four will set you back about £1.84 - which is pricey considering that you can get items very similar such a large 450g pot of fat free onken yogurt for £1.20.

      ~ Packaging ~
      Activia fat free rasperry comes in a multipack of four which is encased in cardboard. The pots themselves are made from the usual yoghurt pot style material and look no different to any other yoghurt. The yoghurt pot is dark green with a white band around the base to represent the yoghurt with some juicy, fresh looking raspberries on top. The activia logo is displayed clearly in the centre with the danone logo above. The back of the pot states that nutritional information can be found on the outer packaging but allergy advice and dietary requirements are on the pot itself. The lid is white with a repetition of the activia logo and the products weight.

      ~Appearance, taste & Texture ~
      Peeling back the lid reveals a thick, pale pink yoghurt dotted with little pieces of juicy raspberry. It looks like any normal yoghurt - but nevertheless very appealing. Putting your spoon in you notice its quite thick, which appeals to me as I like a yoghurt with some substance not just a runny sauce but it's not as thick as a fromage frais. The yoghurt itself tastes very creamy and sharp, but not so sharp that it over powers the flavour as it's nicely balanced. The raspberry flavour is just right in my opinion; gives a nice fruity edge without it being too sweet or too sour. I don't usually like yoghurts with actual fruit pieces in them, however this is an exception for me as these are proper pieces of raspberry, not just the seeds that stick in your teeth and they are evenly distributed throughout the yoghurt - but I do love it when you come across a nice big juicy chunk of raspberry. They are very light and make a perfect ending to a heavy dinner if you still like to finish it with a dessert.

      ~ Other information ~
      Each fat free activia raspberry yoghurt contains only 67 calories!

      Suitable for vegetarians

      Contains; milk and has been produced on a line handling nuts and cereals containing gluten.

      ~ Overall opinion ~
      Overall although Activia fat free is considerably more expensive than some other brands I think it's totally worth it! I'm not a huge fan of yoghurts but I love these, especially because I can enjoy one with it without feeling guilty. I would certainly recommend activia fat free raspberry, especially to people who are looking for some low calorie, low fat TLC! I would also recommend trying the other flavours in the fat free range if you're not too keen on raspberry because if their as nice as this one you won't be disappointed!

      ~star rating ~
      4/5 stars. The one star lost has nothing to do with the taste or quality of the product, its simply the price. With us all having to tighten our belts I can't afford to buy these all the time as I'm sure others cant.

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      23.01.2011 11:31
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      A tasty yogurt that's good for the waistline.

      If someone said to you, "Lets add a load of germs to some milk, wait a while and then eat it!", you wouldn't think this sounded a good idea. Yet day after day, many of us eat this in the form of modern fruit flavoured yogurts. I personally, am very fond of these, and for years have been eaten a certain German brand marketed with a 'corner'. Recently however, we saw some of these Activia Fat Free Raspberry yogurts on offer, and with a little persuasion from Miss McCutcheon in the back of the mind, bought them for that evenings dessert. Here are my findings.

      --Friendly Bacteria that keeps you Regularis!?--

      Activia Fat Free Pro-biotic yogurts are made by Danone, a huge multi-national French food producer based in Paris, but originally started out as a small yogurt producer in Spain, 1919. Apart from being well-known for their Dairy foods, they are also big players in the bottled water and biscuits markets. One of their most commonly known diary products is Actimal, a yogurt based Pro-biotic drink, but Activia is their primary traditional yogurt dessert.

      Much like dairy-based products such as Yakult and Benecol, and established yogurt products like Onken and Yeo Valley, Activia is a Pro-biotic yogurt, with the emphisis on added bacteria to benefit the bodies digestive system. Danone have trademarked their Bifidus Actiregularis, an additive to the yogurt recipe including the widely used bactiria Bifidobacterium animalis, which is found in the digestive system of most mammals. Danone state this helps the human digestive system greatly, and have a large television marketing campaign in the UK, fronted by Martine McCutcheon and their 'TLC' slogan. This, very dully, is an initialisation of 'Tummy Loving Care', but would be funnier if it stood for 'Tiffany Lectures Consumers'. This is a campaign that is seemingly aimed primarily at women, another product trying to convince you that you will look better if you eat this. Currently, scientists are split on weather these type of products actually benefit the human body, but they almost certainly can't do any harm.

      I personally couldn't care weather these bacteria are beneficial, but for me its important that Activia is not marketed like Yakult, who state proudly about the 'living bacteria' in their product. This puts me off somewhat, so Activia promote the phrase 'yogurt cultures' or 'Bifidus cultures', this sounds more user friendly to me, as I believe many people might feel the same. Its all psychological I know, and educated judgement should override this, but still....

      --Packaging--

      Activia comes to you just like many other yogurt products, either in individual 165g pots or in 125g pots sold in a four pack. You can buy these in either multiple flavours or single flavours such as in this case, Raspberry. The four pack comes wrapped in a card sleeve, using a green and light blue layout, with white and yellow headings. Big emphasis is put on the Fat Free wording next to the stylised raspberry's on the front, and topped with the Activia 'arrow' logo dominating the design. There is a quick sentence on the side about the Bifidus cultures, and the other flavours Danone make for Activia. On the bottom are the company details along with ingredients and dietary information.

      The 125g pots follow the design colour scheme, and also have the important nutritional information printed on each label over a rather thin white plastic container. The foil seal is attached well enough to not split or break easy if the pot is dropped of the table, and peels away nicely in one piece. Both the pots and card are fully recyclable with the usual cardboards and plastics.

      --Taste and Texture--

      For me, I gauge a yogurt by is texture a little more than its overall taste. It has to have that right balance of fruit content, smoothness and firmness. Activia pretty much gets all these right on the button. With a pinky off-white colour, accompanied by that usual tangy, slightly milk-on-the-turn yogurt aroma with a filtering of raspberry tones, all is pleasant upon opening the pot. There is no surface water on the top, which is always nice and once your spoon sinks into the yogurt you find its not runny and quite firm, but still retaining fluidity and smoothness.

      The raspberry pieces are not overly large but not blended to oblivion and still give a nice, if slightly acidic raspberry tang. The creaminess of the yogurt is smooth and not overly sweet, and only leaves a very mild after-taste of the sweeteners. Although you don't get that jelly effect that some yogurts develop, there is a chalky, dryish feel to the tongue moments after a spoonful has been swallowed. This is bearable however, as the taste balance of dairy and fruit is excellent, and can be a little moreish. Certainly any thoughts of live bacteria in this product get long forgotten, and the fact that this is virtually fat free and you can just sit back and enjoy. I would imagine excessive consumption would make you a tad unwell though.

      --Ingredients and Nutritional Information--

      Skimmed Milk, Skimmed Milk Powder, Yogurt cultures including Bifidus Actiregularis.
      Raspberry (9%), Water, Fibre (oligofructose), Stabilisers (modified maize starch, carrageenan, xanthan gum), Acidity regulators (sodium citrate, citric acid), Concentrated elderberry juice, Flavourings, Sweeteners (aspartame, acesulfame K).

      Allergy Information: This product contains milk, and may contain traces of almond, hazelnut, walnut and wheat. Contains a source of phenylalanine. Suitable for vegetarians.
      Average quantity per 125g (Per Pot)
      Energy - 249kj / 59 kcal
      Protein - 5.8g
      Fat in total - 0.1g
      Of Saturates - Trace
      Carbohydrate in total - 8.6g
      Of Sugars - 8.1g
      Fibre - 3.1g
      Sodium - 0.1g
      Salt Equivalent - 0.3g
      Calcium - 160mg (20% RDA)
      Vitimin B12 - 0.50ug (50% RDA)

      Claiming to be Fat Free, you cant really argue with that. With virtually no saturated fat and low in sugar, and with a high vitamin content, this is a nice and healthy dessert, providing you like your dairy. As it does contain milk, I wouldn't recommend for those who are lactose intolerant.

      --Conclusion--

      Weather or not the added 'friendly' bateria gives your digestive system a boost is not for me to decide, but Activia Raspberry tastes great, and has more obvious health benefits with the calcium content and fat levels. I must admit, there are better tasting yogurts available (at a higher calorie and financial cost of course), but I would recommend these for the fridge as they are great as a lunchtime compliment or even a quick breakfast. The always go for the raspberry ones as this is my preferred fruit, but there are 30 different flavours according to Danone, so you have plenty of choice.

      At £1.60 to £2 for a pack of four, many supermarkets and convenience stores stock Activia, and are one of the most recognisable brands in the fridge. You can pick up the single pots for 70p each, but these are a little harder to find. Although the retail price maybe a little higher than other yogurt brands, The four packs and eight packs are on various offers sometimes in the usual supermarkets, so you cant go wrong.

      Finally, I find that after eating Activia I feel a happy with myself that I haven't eaten a cake or doughnut instead, and at least given a little bit of thought to my weight in my increasing years. It has become a mainstay in our fridge at the moment, taking the place of those peskily tasty 'corner' yogurts. Activia is cheaper and lower in fat however, so it becomes a feel-good food after consumption, well recommended Miss McCutcheon!

      Thanks for Reading. © Novabug

      Also posted on Ciao.co.uk

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        15.04.2010 18:27
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        Low fat friendly yogurt

        Having tried (and enjoyed) Danone Activia Cherry Fat Free Yogurt last week, I decided to give their Raspberry variety a go. Currently costing £1.65 for the four pack, the yogurt contains 'Bifidus Actiregularis', a friendly bacteria which is supposed to aid digestion (although whether it does or not is a different matter). The product seems to be frequently in a 'buy two for £3' promotion in the supermarkets, so keep your eyes peeled for a bargain.

        Flavour & Appearance
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        I often expect the worst when a food says it's "fat free", and in my opinion, 'fat free' normally to equates to 'taste free'. Happily, Activia's Rasperry is very nice - lovely and sweet, plus, it actually tastes like what it's supposed to. There are a generous amount of chopped raspberry pieces throughout, and the consistency is good (I hate watery yoghurt), which is always a recipe for success. As well as the fruit there are quite a few raspberry seeds scattered around the place which could potentially get stuck in the teeth - I personally didn't find them any bother, but for those with an irrational fear of raspberry seeds, it may be a problem. Although the yoghurt isn't actually that creamy, it does have a very pleasant taste which I would associate with a non-fat free food.

        Ingredients
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        The yoghurt contains;
        Rasperry (9%), Oligofructose (Fibre), Fructose (1.4%), Stabilisers (Modified Maize Starch, Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum), Elderberry Juice Concentrate, Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrate), Flavouring, and Sweeteners (Aspartame, Acesulfame-k).

        Final Word
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        Like the Cherry variety, I highly recommend Activia's Fat Free Raspberry Yogurt as a tasty and surprisingly filling snack. As it uses a combination of sugar and artificial sweeter, the saccharine-like taste normally associated with sweetener-only foods isn't obvious, which is something that I definitely appreciate. Danone have created a very tasty snack which contains only 0.1 gram of fat... something I imagine is a very difficult thing to do - I would certainly buy this yogurt again.

        Nutritional Info per 125g Pot
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        Calories: 59
        Fat: 0.1g
        Saturated Fat: Trace
        Sugar: 8.1g
        Salt: 0.3g

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          15.04.2010 08:09
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          Danone Activia Raspberry

          Having tried the Cherry Danone Activia I decided to see what the raspberry flavour was like.


          Packaging:

          The 4 x 125g pots of Danone Activia Raspberry come in a cardboard "sleeve". On the top there's the Activia logo, a picture of a couple of juicy raspberries, the "helps reduce digestive discomfort" blurb, a statement that these yogurts are "fat free with fruit and sweeteners and a couple of other bits and pieces. The bottom of the sleeve contains the usual, ingredients, nutritional information and contact details. For more information you can visit the website at:- www.danoneactivia.co.uk

          The pots themselves are predominantly green and have "fat free" in white type on the front. The ingredients and nutritional information shown on the cardboard sleeve are repeated on the back of the pot.


          Ingredients: Fat free yogurt with Bifidus ActiRegularis (Skimmed Milk, Skimmed Milk Powder, Yogurt Cultures), Raspberry (9%), Water, Fibre (Oligofructose), Stabilisers (Modified Maize Starch, Guar Gum, Xantham Gum), Acidity Regulators (Sodium Citrate, Lactic Acid), Concentrated Elderberry Juice, Flavouring, Sweeteners (Aspartame, AcesulfameK)


          Nutritional Information per 100g {per 125g in brackets}

          Energy kJ: 199kJ {294kJ}
          kcal: 47kcal {59kcal}
          Protein: 4.6g {5.8g}
          Carbohydrate: 6.9g {8.6g}
          of which total sugars: 6.5g {8.1g}
          Fat: 0.1g {0.1g}
          (of which saturates): Trace {Trace}
          Fibre: 2.5g {3.1g}
          Sodium: 0.08g {0.1g}
          equivalent as salt: 0.2g {0.3g}
          Calcium: 160mg {200mg}

          Allergy information: contains milk. This product is produced on a line handling almond, hazelnut, walnut and wheat.

          Suitable for vegetarians



          The Yogurt:

          Once you've pulled the lid off you'll see the yogurt which is a lightish pink in colour. You can see small bumps in the yogurt which look as if they're some sort of seeds rather than fruit.


          Price:
          At time of writing Asda are charging £1.64 for a "4 pack" of these yogurts. You can also buy 2 packs for £3.


          Taste and opinion:

          This is another yogurt in the Danone Activia range which Martine McCutcheon's on the television with often enough urging us to treat ourselves to some TLC (Tummy Loving Care, for those of you that don't know) in a current advertising campaign.

          Not being a person who suffers from 'digestive discomfort' I couldn't say whether or not Danone's claims about Activia are true or whether they're just another rather spurious claim that the food, health and beauty industries put out in an effort to try and convince us to buy their product. So, I'll just concentrate on the taste then.

          As with the Cherry flavour the yogurt itself seems a little thicker than a number of other ranges on the market. As I "dug down" into it with my spoon I found that the pieces of fruit in the yogurt were very small indeed and that they all contained seeds. So, if you're someone who doesn't like bits of fruit, or indeed seeds, in their yogurt then this isn't the yogurt for you.

          Tastewise this is reasonably pleasant. Like the Cherry flavour I wouldn't say it's a good as a Muller Amore but then this is a fat free yogurt so it's hardly comparable. The yogurt itself is thick and creamy and it contains our old friends aspartame and acesulfameK . I wouldn't say that the artificial sweetener taste is really strong in this flavour but it's more noticeable than it is in the cherry flavour but less so than you'd find in most of the Muller Light range.

          Overall, I quite enjoyed this flavour and would recommend it to anyone looking for a fat free yogurt. As I said, it's not quite as nice as the cherry flavour but then that's probably just due to me preferring cherries to raspberries when it comes to eating fruit.

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            07.03.2010 23:46

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            fill your fridge!

            I love the raspberry fat free ones. There's only like 60 calories in a pot so nothing to feel guilty about, and they're gorgeous. Obviously not particularly filling but I'd recommend having it with some fruit in a morning like blueberries or strawberries for a really light and healthy breakfast to start you off - that's what I do and it just does the job! They taste really smooth and creamy too which makes a really good yoghurt for me. The only thing I would say though is that I'm a bit sceptical about the anti-bloating thing that activia goes on about. I don't have any particular problem with bloating, but I have these every day now just because they taste good and I don't think its made me feel any LESS bloated, especially after meal times and things. But in terms of a really nice yoghurt when you're sweet tooth is calling out to you, I'd certainly say these are a nice treat!

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