Worst Food of the Week: Yogurt Tubes

THERE ARE TWO REASONS YOGURT TUBES MAKE IT TO THE CTF WORST FOOD LIST. One: they contain additional ingredients not found in regular yogurt. Two: they are a huge rip-off.


In the best case (Stonyfield Farms Yokids Squeezers), you’re getting the addition of emulsifiers like tapioca starch, carob bean gum, and carrageenan.

In the worst case (Yoplait GoGurt), you’re getting the addition of high fructose corn syrup, potassium sorbate, carrageenan, red 40, and blue 1. Basically, GoGurt is Yoplait Trix yogurt in a tube, not Yoplait Kids Yogurt.

Some of these ingredients (like the emulsifiers) are generally considered safe, but  some food dyes have been linked to health problems like hyperactivity, headaches, asthma, and tumor growth. And, of course, the debate rages on about  high fructose corn syrup.

Whatever the tube of yogurt, it’s not the same yogurt that comes in the cup.


GoGurt comes in 2.5 ounce tubes, Stonyfield in 2 ounce tubes. That’s half the size of a kid sized yogurt cup and a third the size of a regular yogurt cup. Yet the tube price is $.05 or more per ounce.

If your child typically eats a regular sized yogurt cup at snack time, it will take three yogurt tubes to give the same satisfaction. Not very economical.

We pay a premium for the convenience of the tube, but then get less so our kids have to eat more to be satisfied. It’s a double win for the food makers, but where does that leave us?

The bottom line:

Maybe you care about the additional ingredients and maybe you don’t, but it’s important to know you aren’t getting the same product in a yogurt tube as in a regular yogurt so we can make conscious buying decisions.

From a budget standpoint, we are getting less and paying more for a product we don’t really need in the first place.

Maybe it’s time to leave the yogurt tubes on the shelf, put some money back in our wallets, and keep some additives out of our kids.

4 comments for “Worst Food of the Week: Yogurt Tubes

  1. February 17, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    On a somewhat positive note, GoGurt recently redid its recipe, and it no longer contains HFCS and artificial colors…. Progress? I guess I’ll applaud even the smallest improvements. But I’ll stick with my plain nonfat yogurt. Nummm.

  2. nimue
    September 15, 2011 at 12:31 am

    I know it’s not the focus of your blog, but you leave out something I think is a valid criticism of this product: It creates a lot of unnecessary trash.

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