How Much is Inside Yogurt?


If you ever find a product with eight different flavor varieties, that is a sure sign that the product itself has no flavor whatsoever.

One such product is vodka. The other is yogurt.



If you have ever had yogurt, chances are, you've had "fruit on the bottom" yogurt.

Most american dairy companies combine the products of their yogurt bioreactors and their fruit shredders, resulting in an invigorating stack of health mush! The "fruit on the bottom" concept was originally hatched more than a hundred years ago, inspiring similar products, such as "toy on the bottom" cereal and "worm on the bottom" tequila.

Fruit on the bottom MAKES the yogurt. It flavors the flavorless and adds a joyful stir to the yogurt experience. But how much actual fruit is on the bottom?

On Friday night, we decided to find out.


Mike, Brooke, Sean and I bought one each of eight flavored yogurt cups: blueberry, cherry, Mixed Berry, raspberry, peach, Strawberry Banana, strawberry and boysenberry.


Strawberry was first. With help from eastern meditation techniques, we resisted the urge to stir the yogurt, and instead dumped the undisturbed cups one-by-one on a dinner plate. Now, the fruit was on the top, and boy, was it disgusting.



Actual chunks of fruit were suspended in a red strawberry jelly. We fished out the actual strawberry bits.

There were fourteen small chips of strawberry in the cup.

The total mass of strawberry flesh, weighed in at 5.2 grams!

5.2 grams! That is pitiful! I've had more strawberry than this stuck between my teeth!

Ok, to be fair, you shouldn't expect a half-cup of strawberries in a 6oz. cup of yogurt, but I was a little disappointed to see that these bits represented just 3% of the total mass of the yogurt cup.

The next yogurt flavor was raspberry, berries which were even more difficult to locate. Mike showed us how to avoid straining our eyes.

Please continue reading part two of how much is inside yogurt?

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