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Cabot Greek Yogurt Investigation: Does It Deliver What It Promises?

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How healthy and nutritious is Cabot Greek Yogurt? 

Consumers these days are looking for healthier choices for meals and snacks, and companies go out of their way to make their own products look healthy and nutritious. What the products actually deliver may be something different. 

Cabot makes its “Greek” yogurt in four varieties: 

  • Plain Greek Yogurt
  • Plain Lowfat Greek Yogurt
  • Vanilla Bean Lowfat Greek Yogurt
  • Strawberry Lowfat Greek Yogurt

The Cabot website presses the message: “Dig into easy, #homemade #GreekYogurt dips for a #healthier, more flavorful snack[,]”it says, and “Adding a few simple, savory ingredients can turn Greek Yogurt into delicious, delightful dips and spreads, loaded with flavor…and protein.” 

The recipes provided blend yogurt with wholesome ingredients such as cucumbers, lemon, and mint, with photos that show the resulting dip or drink surrounded by tomatoes, celery, berries, lemons, and other fresh and wholesome foods. The yogurts themselves promise from 18 to 22 grams of protein per serving. The notes on one recipe suggest that the lemon-dill yogurt dip can also be used “as a sauce for fish and even as a spread for grilled vegetable paninis.”

The recipe page notes that “all these recipes are loaded with healthy, fresh ingredients – a real plus when feeding hungry friends and family.” It also recommends, “You can also substitute Greek yogurt in lots of different recipes to lower fat and add protein.”

The page for Vanilla Bean Lowfat Greek Yogurt is even more enthusiastic: “Enjoy this blend of our nutrient-rich Greek Yogurt and the natural sweetness of honey. Cabot’s Greek Yogurt makes a healthy, protein-rich treat when blended with fresh fruits for quick and yummy smoothies.” It also promises, “Made from 2 percent lowfat milk, this sweet treat is guiltless. Dig into easy, homemade Greek-Yogurt dips for a healthier, more flavorful snack…”

Cabot was already hit with a lawsuit in 2012 alleging that its Greek Yogurt products do not meet the definition of yogurt because they contain whey protein concentrate (WPC) and milk protein concentrate (MPC), ingredients that are not permitted in yogurt. An article in DairyReporter.com said the plaintiff claimed, “Instead of filtering out excess liquids—an expensive straining process used in traditional Greek yogurt manufacture—Cabot Greek is thickened using WPCs and MPCs as ‘filler materials’…”

Are Cabot’s Greek yogurt products as nutrition- and protein-packed as the company portrays them to be? Or might a class action suit be needed to set the record straight? 

We’re investigating. If you’ve purchased any of the Cabot Greek Yogurt products listed above, fill out the form on this page. We’d like to know about your expectations and experience.

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