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to be angry that an Onken Biopot Yoghurt 'made with live bio cultures' and trying to pass off as healthy is actually full of chemicals and utter crap

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onceinalifetime Wed 27-Aug-08 17:17:37

Grabbed two pots of Onken Biopot yoghurts on special offer at Sainsbury's - usually buy Yeo Valley. They taste disgusting so checked the label and horrified to see what's actually in them - amongst other things:

Strawberry (fat free, bought by mistake):
- fructose - sugar
- modified maize starch
- thickeners
- locust bean gum
- aspartame! more sweetener and one that can be dangerous
- colouring

Mango, Papaya and Passion Fruit:
- invert sugar syrup
- sugar
- and all the aforementioned crap.

What pisses me off more than anything is the oh so healthy looking packaging and the strap line about live bio cultures. Yeo Valley has sugar but why does all this random stuff have to be in these ones?

<<wanders off muttering reminder to check labels when buying, not afterwards>>

SheikYerbouti Wed 27-Aug-08 17:19:32

The name "Onken" should have been a big clue

Cos that's what they make you feel like doing after eating them.

poppy34 Wed 27-Aug-08 17:20:47

lol at sheik..

onceinalifetime Wed 27-Aug-08 17:22:22

lol, no wonder they're on special offer. Are they in the category of fruit shoots then? Just did a quick search and threads entitled 'what makes your child hyperactive' appeared hmm

forevercleaning Wed 27-Aug-08 17:24:58

I am surprised and a bit pissed off too, it is quite an expensive yoghurt and I have often bought it because i expected it to be that much more healthy.

Serves me right for not looking on the pot, but certainly would not have expected it to have all that shite in it.

won't be buying it again if i can buy yog for half the price and just as much crap in it.

moondog Wed 27-Aug-08 17:25:33


I love Onken but only plain.
Allflavoured and sweetened youghurt is full of shit.

Don't even dream of finding out what is in that vile Activia.

onceinalifetime Wed 27-Aug-08 17:30:55

Yeo Valley is pretty good and relatively crap free, tastes a lot better for it too. Contemplating plain yoghurt with fruit puree as an alternative.

gagarin Wed 27-Aug-08 17:37:01

All yoghurt is made with "live bio cultures".

That is what yoghurt is - milk altered by harmless naturally occuring bacteria which causes the yoghurt to be formed.

It's what is then added that makes it healthy or unhealthy!

poppy34 Wed 27-Aug-08 17:39:16

given the claims in activia ads I am expecting all sorts of rubbish in it moondog...

onceinalifetime Wed 27-Aug-08 17:52:56

gagarin, I know, it's just the way in which its marketed. I know they're not exactly going to say - here's a yoghurt full of shit but it's too much the other way - and anyway if the sugar and crap serves to make it taste disgusting, what is the point in doing it?

Flibbertyjibbet Wed 27-Aug-08 18:00:55

I read the labels on every thing. Just habit. I'm always surprised that people don't read labels and just believe the marketing or 'strap line' that something is healthy.

Plain natural live yogurt is healthy. Anything else has added rubbish in.

The worst ones are the low fat or no fat varieties - yoghurt is made from milk ffs, so if they take out the fat and fill it up with bulking agents instead, why do people think thats healthier than a natural, un tampered with, full fat yoghurt?

Onceinalifetime have you looked at the ingredients on petit filous or do you just hear the marketing about 'calcium'?

onceinalifetime Wed 27-Aug-08 18:10:28

Flibbertyjibbet, I normally read the labels on everything. Don't worry, I wouldn't believe anything petit filous say about themselves. Just annoyed that buying something other than the norm results in an aspartame addled yoghurt. I bought one of the pots fat free totally by accident but it's actually quite an effort to get full fat yoghurts as the aisles are filled with fat free. I never buy anything fat or sugar free normally because of the alternative stuff they add to them.

FrannyandZooey Wed 27-Aug-08 18:15:33

oh man
I just bought one
didn't check label
how could I not check label? [bewildered]
I didn't though

moondog Wed 27-Aug-08 18:18:53

Yes,low fat work of devil.
People have to realise that lomg life food will not hold together with bulkers and stabilisers.

CountessDracula Wed 27-Aug-08 18:19:59

I agree
natural is the way to go

Though I am partial to stapleford ones which are deeeeeeeevine here and not full of shit
They make some sainsbos ones too it says

CountessDracula Wed 27-Aug-08 18:20:21

stapleton that is

Flibbertyjibbet Wed 27-Aug-08 18:20:40

You are right, I have no yoghurt in at the mo because last week I did lidl and aldi and they only sell low fat or fat free 'healthy' crap yoghurts.

I usually buy big tubs of greek or natural yoghurt as these are more likely to be full fat and therefore completely natural. I find I need a lot less of the full fat versions, so they last a lot longer.

handlemecarefully Wed 27-Aug-08 18:20:56

I'm a sucker too having regularly bought it and not previously checked the label.....

handlemecarefully Wed 27-Aug-08 18:21:42

But I hate the taste of natural unflavoured yoghurt - even when mixed with berries and muesli

moondog Wed 27-Aug-08 18:22:14

Netto does cheap normal youghut. About 65p for a big tub.

You can make yer own. Dead easy.

maidamess Wed 27-Aug-08 18:22:45

I like those Rachel whats-her-face organic ones. And her rice pudding is divine

FluffyMummy123 Wed 27-Aug-08 18:22:52

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moondog Wed 27-Aug-08 18:22:56

How come HMC?
It is delicious!

maidamess Wed 27-Aug-08 18:24:22

I hate plain yoghurt too. Its so sour. Needs a good dollop of sugar in to tart it up.

PerkinWarbeck Wed 27-Aug-08 18:27:31

morrison's sell longley farm yogs, which are just yoghurt, fruit and unrefined sugar. 29p each. fabbo.

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