“ Brand: Danone / Type: Yoghurts „
In order to beat the bloat I've been trying various different products which I thought might have helped me. One brand I've been sampling in the past few months is Activia! One of the products I've been "lucky" enough to sample is the vanilla fat free yoghurt!
These can be found in all supermarkets, including Asda, Sainsbury and Tesco. We tend to buy ours from Tesco now though but this is simply because it is closest to us! They can be found in the yoghurt aisle alongside the yoghurts such as Muller Light and Shape. They are on the middle shelf in my local Tesco so I assume they will be in the same place in every one but its worth having a little look about.
They come in packets of 4, and each yoghurt weighs 125g. This isn't a huge amount of yoghurt but it is pretty average for the dairy treat! The 4 pack costs £1.56 normally however at the moment there is an offer on and you can get twp packets for only £3. This is only a saving of 12p but if you are watching the pennies then it is worth taking advantage of.
The 4 yoghurts come held together in a cardboard outer packaging. The packaging is a green colour which reminds me of luscious fresh green grass. This adds to the natural feeling of the product. On the cardboard packaging there is lots of product information as well as some interesting looking pictures of vanilla flowers. Personally to me these weren't too appealing and I tend to be more tempted by delicious looking pictures of foods or fruits on yoghurt packets. The packaging does have a very natural feel to it and probably would appeal to those on a diet. The light green of the wrapper provides a light and airy feel to it too and overall the packaging is very tempting!
The pots are made of plastic and follow the same pattern as the outer cardboard packet. The lid is made of a special foil which seems different to other yoghurts. It peels back really easily and doesn't spray you with too much yoghurt, in fact none at all. Each pot has its own picture of the vanilla flower on them! This is again is really not that appealing or tempting.
The lids can be removed easily and the yoghurt is not up to the brim therefore none is left behind on the lid, unless they have been shaken that is. First of all you see the delicious looking white yoghurt. The yoghurt looks completely smooth with no bits in it at all. It also looks quite thick and doesn't have that annoying watery layer on top of it that yoghurts often have. There was a delicious creamy smell coming from the yoghurt too!
The creamy yoghurt tastes like vanilla. It is a very creamy vanilla however there is a strong sweetness to it too. The yoghurt is completely smooth with no lumps or bits in at all and is surprisingly thick too. Personally though I think I prefer muller vanilla yoghurts!
Overall I did enjoy them but they weren't the best and not my favourite fruity yoghurts. I think I will be sticking to Muller in terms of taste. They didn't help my bloating at all either.
One pot of this yoghurt contains 65 calories and 0.1g of fat. This is really quite amazing for a yogurt and apart from Weight Watchers, one of the lowest I've found. Its worth bearing in mind though that a 200g pot from Muller contains only 100 calories.
They are worth a try especially when found on offer.
I'm not a huge fan of yogurts but I recently needed to change my diet after suffering from the effects of a junk food only existence! A friend actually bought these for me as he'd heard they were good for you somehow. The company who makes the yogurt, Danone, actually claims their product can help "improve digestive transit" and calm rumbling or bloated stomaches. It works because the yogurt contains a live culture called 'Bifidus Actiregularis', a name that the company have perhaps rather suspiciously trademarked! The yogurts supposedly work in the same way as popular probiotic drinks like 'Actimel' etc and help to keep your digestive system running like clockwork!
I have the fat free vanilla flavoured yogurts which I have in a four pack of individual 125g sized tubs. Although the yogurts are labelled 'fat free' they contain sugar and sweeteners. The vanilla contains natural flavourings and also the tiny seeds of the vanilla pod.
The yogurts are pale yellow like churned cream and have a delicious, delicate aroma of sweet, sugary vanilla. The consistency is creamy although I find that the texture can be thin or thick if not stirred first to make it even throughout. The top of the yogurt congeals around the lid and the opening and has a stiff, ultra smooth consistency. I liked the appearance of the yogurt as it is dotted with minute black vanilla pod seeds. This makes the yogurt look very sophisticated! The pod seeds are so small that I can not feel them on my tongue. The yogurt is sweet but not too sickly and the vanilla flavour is just right - not overloaded with that biscuity essence. It leaves you feeling kind of refreshed, almost as if it were a cool milky drink rather than a yogurt! It is definately moreish!
This was the first yogurt I have liked in a while and I will definately keep eating it. However when I read the small print on the packaging it tells me that to enjoy the health benefits you must eat a pot every day. I actually would find that too much to eat! Nevertheless, I would keep buying these on taste benefits alone.
One yogurt has 65 calories and 0.1g of fat which is great news. They are also suitable for vegetarians. They contain milk and are produced on a line handling nuts and wheat.
For information on the product call the Danone freephone line: 08081449451 (UK only) as adverstised on their packaging
or check out their website:
Activia yoghurts contain a live culture called Bifidus Actiregularis which is scientifically proven to improve slower digestive transit when eaten everyday.
I chose the Activia Vanilla flavour which is by far the best; it tastes nicer than any of the fruit flavours (cherry, forest fruit, peach strawberry, rhubarb, mango, apricot, kiwi & strawberry). It is also one of the fat free flavours along with cherry, which lowers the calorie content and is quite low on calories in comparison to other types of a similar amount.
The texture is no different from any other yogurt considering it is fat free. The colour is quite yellow which made me look at the packet to see if it had any colourings in it (it does). The taste is sweet and tastes strongly of vanilla, but not overpoweringly so.
I brought them in a packet of 4 for about £1.60 from Morrisons although prices seem to vary, but there are often offers on them, for example 2 packs of 4 for £3 although it's not much of a saving, but if you eat them every day it's worth getting. Each pot has 125g so 4 pots as you would buy them weighs 500g.
The 4 pots snap apart like normal and come with a green cardboard cover which has all the nutritional info and ingredients listed rather than on the pots themselves. The packet tells me that per 125g serving, the nutritional info is as follows:
Calories - 65 (3% GDA)
Sugars - 9.3g (10% GDA)
Fat - 0.1g (<1% GDA)
Saturates - trace (<1% GDA)
Salt - 0.2g (3% GDA)
Ingredients: Fat free yogurt with bifidus actiregularis (skimmed milk, skimmed milk powder, yogurt culture), water, fibre (oligofructose), fructose syrup, (0.5%), stabilisers (modified maize starch, guar gum), flavouring and natural vanilla flavouring, sweeteners (sucralose, acesulfame K), acidity regulator (citric acid), Exhausted vanilla pods, colours (beta carotene, riboflavin).