The trendy, international frozen yogurt chain known as Pinkberry, originated in Los Angeles and has been the center of a heated debate in the past few years. Currently described as “natural goodness” on their website, this sweet-treat contains natural and artificial flavors, starch, maltodextrin and other ingredients which can be found here. According to the New York Times article ‘The All-Natural Taste That Wasn’t’, food scientist and Professor Dr. Gary A. Reineccius stated “Isn’t it amazing how many additives it takes to make something taste natural? They are there to make something smooth, sweet and tangy that would otherwise be gritty and flavorless in a frozen state.” The yogurt chain recently made its ingredient list available to the public after controversy surrounding the contents of this low-fat, low-sugar snack.
Pinkberry contains over 20 grams of sugar per 1/2 cup. Basically, you’re consuming at least 50 grams of sugars per serving (based on the average serving size of 1 cup). Recent studies have correlated added sugars to prepared foods (like Pinkberry) in the US diet were significantly correlated with increase blood lipids. (1)
So although the previously posted health claims on the walls of many Pinkberry locations have since been removed, the only “natural” thing would be to wonder what other products out there are making similar claims that are actually nothing of the sort.
And as we head toward summertime and the temptation for something refreshing and sweet taunts us, try to indulge in a real fresh-fruit gelato or attempt to satisfy your cravings with frozen fruit. Frozen grapes or berries make for a great snack, one that you can be sure actually is all natural. Be aware of your serving sizes–fruit contains natural sugars!
To find more information on ‘artificial colors’ used as ingredients in our foods, click here to review Dr. Andrew Weil ‘s response.
P.S., Try the Banana Gelato recipe below–you’ll love it!!
1). JAMA 2010 vol. 303 (15) pp. 1490- “Caloric sweetener consumption and dyslipidemia among US adults”
Recipe: My Frozen Banana Gelato
Summary: Try this all-natural gelato for that perfect summer treat!
2 Frozen Bananas
Light Whip Cream (I prefer homemade)
Raw Nuts of your liking (my favorite are pecans)
Shredded Coconut (un-sulphured)
Maple Syrup or Unrefined Honey
1) Freeze bananas and allow to sit for approximately 20 minutes prior to mashing.
2) Once bananas are lightly defrosted, place in a bowl and begin mashing with the back of a fork until the consistency of gelato.
3) Add whip cream on top, followed by a few raw nuts, shredded coconut and maple syrup or honey drizzled over the top.
Cooking time (duration): 5
Diet type: Vegetarian
Diet (other): Low calorie, Gluten free, Raw
Number of servings (yield): 2
Meal type: dessert
Culinary tradition: USA (General)
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