20120205 - Nutritional balance of low-fat flavored yogurt - 2011

[Data] [<Normal page] [PEREZGONZALEZ Jose D (2011). Nutritional balance of low-fat flavored yogurt. Journal of Knowledge Advancement & Integration (ISSN 1177-4576), 2012, pages 49-56.]

Low-fat flavored yogurt's BNI

Perezgonzalez assessed the nutritional balance of low-fat flavored yogurt in 2011, as part of a research on yogurts in New Zealand.

Low-fat flavored yogurt had, on average, a nutritional balance of BNI 91.56s, being particularly biased towards excess of sugar. It was adequate in protein, saturated fat and sodium, high in carbohydrate, and low in fat and fiber. It also provided about 161mg of calcium per 100g of yogurt.

Illustration 1: Nutrition information (low-fat flavored yogurt)
BNI 91.56s 0.00
Food, 100g 2011 Ideal
Protein 4.0 4.2
Carbohydrate 14.6 11.5
Sugar 11.3 < 2.1
Fat 1.0 2.3
Saturated fat 0.7 < 0.7
Fiber 0.3 1.3
Sodium 0.046 < 0.083
Kcal 83.4 83.4
kJul 348.9 348.9
Illustration 2: Nutritional profile (low-fat flavored yogurt)
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International standards

Low-fat flavored yogurt appeared as highly unbalanced according to international Recommended Dietary Intakes (RDIs).

Illustration 3: Nutritional balance across international RDIs
Low-fat flavored yogurt (diet) 91.56 99.73 61.61 91.65 88.90
Product100g Company BNI WHO US/CAN AUS/NZ UK
Symbio Probalance mixed berry Fonterra 62.76 78.00 32.76 62.76 60.76
Symbio Probalance vanilla bean Fonterra 68.89 80.72 38.89 68.89 66.89
Symbio Probalance passionfruit Fonterra 70.98 83.86 40.98 70.98 68.98
Yoplait Kiwi Favourites apricot feijoa National Foods 74.67 86.94 44.67 74.67 72.67
Yoplait Kiwi Favourites passion mango National Foods 75.85 86.64 45.85 75.85 73.85
Yoplait passion mango National Foods 75.85 86.64 45.85 75.85 73.85
Yoplait Kiwi Favourites peach nectarine National Foods 76.31 88.36 46.31 76.31 74.31
Yoplait peach nectarine National Foods 76.31 88.36 46.31 76.31 74.31
Yoplait Elivae rhubarb & apple National Foods 76.93 91.38 46.93 76.93 72.93
Yoplait Dessert Favourites strawberry pavlova National Foods 77.01 88.41 47.01 77.01 75.01
Yoplait Creamy Berries red berries National Foods 77.23 87.79 47.23 77.23 75.23
Yoplait Creamy Berries raspberry strawberry National Foods 77.68 88.45 47.68 77.68 75.68
Yoplait Creamy Berries blueberry National Foods 78.70 88.45 48.70 78.70 76.70
Yoplait Custard Corner banana custard National Foods 78.70 88.45 48.70 78.70 76.70
Yoplait Elivae prune National Foods 78.91 90.70 48.91 78.91 74.91
Yoplait Elivae fig & honey National Foods 79.50 91.50 49.50 79.50 75.50
Yoplait berry bliss National Foods 79.64 90.82 49.64 79.64 77.64
Yoplait Berry Delights berry bliss National Foods 79.64 90.82 49.64 79.64 77.64
Yoplait Custard Corner rhubarb custard National Foods 79.72 89.47 49.72 79.72 77.72
Yoplait Custard Corner vanilla custard National Foods 79.72 89.47 49.72 79.72 77.72
Cyclops European-style low-fat yoghurt Serra Natural Foods 80.44 100.44 30.39 80.39 57.43
Yoplait Elivae vanilla National Foods 80.50 91.50 50.50 80.50 76.50
Yoplait passion peach National Foods 80.74 90.49 50.74 80.74 78.74
Yoplait Berry Delights strawberry National Foods 80.88 90.83 50.88 80.88 78.88
Yoplait strawberry National Foods 80.88 90.83 50.88 80.88 78.88
Yoplait passionfruit National Foods 81.22 91.16 51.22 81.22 79.22
Yoplait Berry Delights forest berry National Foods 81.28 91.84 51.28 81.28 79.28
Anchor CalciYum Choc Twist choc caramel Fonterra 81.37 88.71 51.37 81.37 79.37
Anchor CalciYum wicked chocolate Fonterra 81.83 89.36 51.83 81.83 79.83
Anchor CalciYum Movie Pack 1 wicked chocolate Fonterra 81.83 89.36 51.83 81.83 79.83
Anchor CalciYum Movie Pack 1 choc Fonterra 81.83 89.36 51.83 81.83 79.83
Meadow Fresh Pre-bio Antioxidant Fruits boysenberry, cranberry & blueberry Goodman Fielder 82.06 91.73 52.20 82.33 78.69
Yoplait Elivae strawberry National Foods 82.44 93.41 52.44 82.44 78.44
Anchor CalciYum original chocolate Fonterra 82.76 90.67 52.76 82.76 80.76
Anchor CalciYum Choc Twist choc Fonterra 82.76 90.67 52.76 82.76 80.76
Anchor CalciYum Choc Twist choc banana Fonterra 82.76 90.67 52.76 82.76 80.76
Anchor CalciYum Movie Pack 1 choc banana Fonterra 82.76 90.67 52.76 82.76 80.76
Yoplait Elivae triple berry National Foods 83.65 95.02 53.65 83.65 79.65
Meadow Fresh Pre-bio Forbidden Fruits rhubarb with a hint of ginger Goodman Fielder 84.83 93.43 54.97 85.10 81.34
Meadow Fresh Pre-bio Forbidden Fruits caramalised pear Goodman Fielder 84.83 93.43 54.97 85.10 81.34
Yoplait Dessert Favourites French cheesecake National Foods 84.97 92.79 54.97 84.97 82.97
Yoplait French cheesecake National Foods 84.97 92.79 54.97 84.97 82.97
Meadow Fresh Pre-bio Antioxidant Fruits pear, blackcurrant & acai Goodman Fielder 85.29 93.37 55.43 85.56 81.74
Yoplait Dessert Favourites lemon meringue National Foods 85.42 93.79 55.42 85.42 83.42
Yoplait Vanilla Basket vanilla bean National Foods 85.42 94.78 55.42 85.42 83.42
Meadow Fresh Pre-bio Vanilla Berries blackberry, blueberry & vanilla Goodman Fielder 86.17 94.25 56.31 86.44 82.62
Anchor CalciYum Sponge Bob & Friends caramel Fonterra 87.16 91.82 57.16 87.16 85.16
Anchor CalciYum Sponge Bob & Friends milk chocolate Fonterra 87.16 91.82 57.16 87.16 85.16
Anchor CalciYum Sponge Bob & Friends strawberry Fonterra 87.16 91.82 57.16 87.16 85.16
Yoplait Vanilla Basket vanilla spice National Foods 87.40 96.00 57.40 87.40 85.40
Meadow Fresh Pre-bio Vanilla Deluxe French vanilla Goodman Fielder 87.46 94.71 57.60 87.73 83.81
Meadow Fresh Pre-bio Vanilla Deluxe vanilla bean Goodman Fielder 87.46 94.71 57.60 87.73 83.81
Meadow Fresh Pre-bio Forbidden Fruits fig & honey Goodman Fielder 87.88 94.97 58.02 88.15 84.21
Meadow Fresh Pre-bio Antioxidant Fruits strawberry & pomegranate Goodman Fielder 88.30 95.23 58.44 88.57 84.61
Anchor CalciYum Movie Pack 2 banana Fonterra 88.61 90.85 58.61 88.61 86.61
Anchor CalciYum Movie Pack 2 caramel Fonterra 88.61 90.85 58.61 88.61 86.61
Anchor CalciYum Sponge Bob & Patrick banana Fonterra 88.61 90.85 58.61 88.61 86.61
Anchor CalciYum Sponge Bob & Patrick caramel Fonterra 88.61 90.85 58.61 88.61 86.61
Anchor CalciYum Sponge Bob & Patrick milk chocolate Fonterra 88.61 90.85 58.61 88.61 86.61
Meadow Fresh Pre-bio Vanilla Deluxe maple vanilla Goodman Fielder 89.57 96.33 59.71 89.84 85.86
Anchor CalciYum Triple Delight cookies & cream Fonterra 89.62 95.48 59.62 89.62 87.62
Anchor CalciYum Triple Delight berry Fonterra 89.62 95.48 59.62 89.62 87.62
Anchor CalciYum Triple Delight vanilla custard Fonterra 89.62 95.48 59.62 89.62 87.62
Anchor CalciYum Movie Pack 2 vanilla custard Fonterra 89.62 95.48 59.62 89.62 87.62
Anchor CalciYum strawberry Fonterra 89.62 95.48 59.62 89.62 87.62
Anchor CalciYum Favourites milk chocolate Fonterra 89.62 95.48 59.62 89.62 87.62
Anchor CalciYum Favourites banana Fonterra 89.62 95.48 59.62 89.62 87.62
Anchor CalciYum Favourites strawberry Fonterra 89.62 95.48 59.62 89.62 87.62
Anchor CalciYum caramel Fonterra 89.62 95.48 59.62 89.62 87.62
Anchor CalciYum Tripalicious milk chocolate Fonterra 89.62 95.48 59.62 89.62 87.62
Anchor CalciYum Tripalicious banana Fonterra 89.62 95.48 59.62 89.62 87.62
Anchor CalciYum Tripalicious caramel Fonterra 89.62 95.48 59.62 89.62 87.62
Meadow Fresh Pre-bio Vanilla Berries black cherry & vanilla Goodman Fielder 90.01 96.93 60.15 90.28 86.32
Yoplait vanilla National Foods 90.26 97.18 60.26 90.26 88.26
Yoplait Vanilla Basket French vanilla National Foods 90.26 97.18 60.26 90.26 88.26
Meadow Fresh Pre-bio Vanilla Berries strawberry & vanilla Goodman Fielder 90.86 97.79 61.00 91.13 87.17
Meadow Fresh Smooth strawberry Goodman Fielder 93.63 102.75 63.63 93.63 91.63
Meadow Fresh Smooth mixed berries Goodman Fielder 93.63 102.75 63.63 93.63 91.63
Meadow Fresh Smooth french vanilla Goodman Fielder 93.63 102.75 63.63 93.63 91.63
Medow Fresh Drinking Yoghurt apricot & peach Goodman Fielder 101.58 108.56 71.58 101.58 99.58
Medow Fresh Drinking Yoghurt boysenberry & cream Goodman Fielder 101.58 108.56 71.58 101.58 99.58
Medow Fresh Drinking Yoghurt strawberry Goodman Fielder 101.58 108.56 71.58 101.58 99.58
The Collective Yogurt Drink malt + honey Epicurean Dairy 103.20 110.45 73.20 103.20 101.16
Meadow Fresh Passionfruit Trio passionfruit & peach Goodman Fielder 106.95 121.08 76.95 106.95 104.95
Meadow Fresh mixed berries yogurt Goodman Fielder 108.49 121.86 78.49 108.49 106.49
Meadow Fresh Berry Trio mixed berries Goodman Fielder 108.49 121.86 78.49 108.49 106.49
Meadow Fresh apricot yogurt Goodman Fielder 109.63 122.38 79.63 109.63 107.63
Meadow Fresh Berry Trio blackberry Goodman Fielder 109.63 122.38 79.63 109.63 107.63
Meadow Fresh Creamy Berries raspberry & cream Goodman Fielder 110.20 123.16 80.20 110.20 108.20
Meadow Fresh Passionfruit Trio apricot, orange & passion Goodman Fielder 110.20 123.16 80.20 110.20 108.20
The Collective Yogurt Drink vanilla + honey Epicurean Dairy 110.87 114.91 80.87 110.87 107.81
Meadow Fresh Berry Trio boysenberry Goodman Fielder 111.31 123.66 81.31 111.31 109.31
The Collective Yogurt Drink berrystart Epicurean Dairy 111.60 116.39 81.60 111.60 107.60
Meadow Fresh boysenberry yogurt Goodman Fielder 111.89 123.50 81.89 111.89 109.89
Meadow Fresh Creamy Berries boysenberry & cream Goodman Fielder 111.89 123.50 81.89 111.89 109.89
Meadow Fresh strawberry yogurt Goodman Fielder 113.43 124.62 83.43 113.43 111.43
Meadow Fresh strawberry & cream yogurt Goodman Fielder 113.43 124.62 83.43 113.43 111.43
Meadow Fresh Creamy Berries strawberry & cream Goodman Fielder 113.43 124.62 83.43 113.43 111.43
Meadow Fresh strawberry yogurt Goodman Fielder 113.43 124.62 83.43 113.43 111.43
Meadow Fresh passion peach yogurt Goodman Fielder 113.53 123.57 83.53 113.53 111.53
The Collective Yogurt Drink passion Epicurean Dairy 114.04 115.69 84.04 114.04 112.04
Yoplait Go-Gurt Spiders Lime & Strawberry lime National Foods 114.37 114.37 84.37 114.37 111.72
Meadow Fresh Passionfruit Trio mango & passion Goodman Fielder 114.79 125.24 84.79 114.79 112.79
Yoplait Go-Gurt Spiders Lime & Strawberry strawberry National Foods 115.55 115.55 85.55 115.55 113.06
Yoplait Go-Gurt Strawberry & Fruit salad strawberry National Foods 115.97 115.97 85.97 115.97 113.63
Yoplait Smackers strawberry National Foods 115.97 115.97 85.97 115.97 113.63
Yoplait Go-Gurt Strawberry & Fruit salad fruit salad National Foods 116.31 116.31 86.31 116.31 113.82
Meadow Fresh Custard Trio banana custard Goodman Fielder 118.23 126.41 88.23 118.23 116.23
Meadow Fresh Custard Trio apple & cinnamon custard Goodman Fielder 119.15 126.83 89.15 119.15 117.15
The Collective Yogurt Drink mango Epicurean Dairy 120.05 120.05 90.05 120.05 118.05
(Source: Perezgonzalez, 2011a1)

Methods

Research approach

Exploratory study.

Data

The initial research sample included 342 yogurt products (ie, cow-milk and soy, natural and flavored, and fat-free, low-fat, standard and creamy)1. The sample was collected in a convenient manner, looking more for a large sample than a random selection of products. The results in this study simply describe the 'subsample' of low-fat flavored cow-milk yogurts within the original sample: ie, 110 products.

Materials & analysis

Relevant data were collated, then assessed using the Balanced Nutrition Index™ (BNI™) technology (see Perezgonzalez, 2011b2). SPSS-v18 was used for the computation of variables, including BNI and international indexes, and statistical analyses.

Generalization potential

Most of the products were produced locally, although some may have been imported or exported, especially from and to Australia, respectively. Thus, the results of this study may be generalizable to the following populations (in order of decreasing generalization power):

  • Australia.
  • Internationally, if one assumes yogurt products to be of approximately similar nutritional composition anywhere.
References
1. PEREZGONZALEZ Jose D (2011a). Yogurts galore. The Balanced Nutrition Index (ISSN 1177-8849), 2012, issue 1. (Retrievable from http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/BNI).
2. PEREZGONZALEZ Jose D (2011b). Balanced Nutrition Index™ (BNI™). Journal of Knowledge Advancement & Integration (ISSN 1177-4576), 2011, pages 20-21. Also retrievable from Wiki of Science.

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BNI™ database
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BNI™ journal (2012, issue 1) - Yogurts galore
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Wiki of Science - Nutritional balance of foods
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Author

Jose D PEREZGONZALEZ (2012). Massey University, Turitea Campus, Private Bag 11-222, Palmerston North 4442, New Zealand. (JDPerezgonzalezJDPerezgonzalez).


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