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Dannon Light 'n Fit Yogurt FlavorsHang onto your hats folks, because we’re about to review Dannon’s Light ‘N Fit Yogurt line. Huh? A diet food review on Cheap Eats? Don’t we scoff at diet foods? Well, I was lucky enough to receive actual yogurt samples in the mail the other day so I’m not about to complain about the price. By the way, they didn’t send me a coupon for yogurt, they sent four ACTUAL Dannon 6 oz. yogurt cups in the mail in a handy carrier filled with blue ice. Pretty cool.

Everyone’s concerned about calories these days, but here at Cheap Eats we could give a floopy rutabaga about staying healthy. Still, for those who are interested, 60 calories for 6 ounce cup of this Dannon Light ‘n Fit seems to be pretty decent for those watching their weight. (The handout sent with it says that their Light ‘n Fit yogurt has gone through reformulations that now make it the “lowest calorie, nationally branded light yogurt available”)

Of a bigger concern for me, was the fact that like nearly all diet foods today it contains artificial sweetener in the form of Splenda. I’m going to preface these reviews by saying that I have a long, well-documented disklike for any artificial sweeteners. It especially bugs me in soda and desserts. Saccharin is particularly problematic. It just leaves a horrible aftertaste that stays in your mouth for hours.

Lately though, the foods that have Splenda in them have seemed less offensive to me in terms of aftertaste. Still, if this doesn’t bother you then I would disregard everything I say about artificial sweetener in the following reviews.

First up is Raspberry Dannon Light ‘n Fit Yogurt:

Raspberry Dannon Light 'n Fit Yogurt Flavors

One of my favorite flavors in candy, yogurt and other treats is Raspberry. So I had some high hopes for this particular flavor. Dannon’s Light ‘N Fit yogurt line (they also have “Smoothies”) is a blended yogurt like Yoplait. So this isn’t the “fruit on the bottom” yogurt I used to get when I was a kid. It’s already mixed and quite smooth in consistency.

The Raspberry yogurt was ultra silky smooth in both texture and taste. Unfortunately, I had an extremely hard time eating this particular one. For me, when I think of raspberry flavor, I actually want to taste the tartness of the raspberries and there didn’t seem to be any “tang” in this flavor. As it was, it tasted cloyingly sweet and 5 seconds afterwards there came a huge sucralose aftershock that lingered around just like Diet Soda. Ugh. In addition, there was a sort of funky smell to the yogurt… not so much like raspberries and yogurt than raspberries and socks. Hm…

I feel that making this flavor lightly more sour would probably de-emphasize the artificial sweetener. In addition, although all 3 flavors I got contain “fruit puree”, this was the only one that didn’t seem to have any chunks of whole fruit in it. It helped to get over the fact that this was light yogurt when there was a little “distraction” in the form of real fruit.

Cheap Eats Score: 4/10

The second was Blueberry Dannon Light ‘n Fit Yogurt:

Blueberry Dannon Light 'n Fit Yogurt Flavors

I had to wash out my mouth out with water and eat some bread to get rid of the aftertaste of the Raspberry Yogurt. Clean up the palate, just like wine-tasting, hehe. From the moment I tasted the first spoonful of Blueberry Yogurt, I knew it was going to be better. Unlike the raspberry flavor, this one is non-homogenous in texture because it has actual “bits” of blueberry fruit. Tiny little bits, but real bits of fruit nevertheless.

The blueberry aroma was also excellent here. I thought that the flavor actually had more “tang” to it than the raspberry one did which is definitely strange because blueberries are a little sweeter in my opinion.

Maybe it was my imagination or the fact that I’d become acclimated to the Splenda, but the aftershock of artificial sweetener seemed lessened. I actually ate the entire cup of yogurt because it tasted so good. I forgot to mention that the color of the blueberry yogurt is that darkish mauve color, very similar to the raspberry in fact. Both looked appetizing, but boy did the Blueberry one kick Raspberry’s ass in texture and flavor.

Cheap Eats Score: 6/10

The last yogurt I tasted (I got TWO cups of Raspberry unfortunately) was the Strawberry Banana Dannon Light ‘n Fit Yogurt:

Strawberry Banana Dannon Light 'n Fit Yogurt Flavors

After palate cleansing, I moved onto our final tub of yogurt which is the popular Strawberry Banana flavor. We actually buy this flavor a lot when we get yogurt, so I’m familiar with what it usually tastes like. I forgot to mention that there are a ton of other Light ‘n Fit flavors, some of which I would have like to have tried including: Blackberry Pie, Strawberry Kiwi, White Chocolate Raspberry, Cherry Vanilla, Lemon Chiffon, Strawberry, Vanilla, Peach and Orange Mango.

So the Strawberry Banana flavor ended up being my favorite one. The aroma was nice, you could tell there was both strawberry and banana in the mix. Although the banana was from puree, there were fairly good sized chunks of strawberries in the mix and a lot of them. In addition, there was a surprisingly pleasant “tang” to the strawberry side that I didn’t expect. I suppose they put it in as a counterpunch to the sweeter banana flavor. But I definitely think that some of this sourness would help to fix up the raspberry flavor. I ate all of this one too, very yummy.

Cheap Eats Score: 8/10

Overall, I think that given the choice I would always get normal yogurt as opposed to anything healthy. I just cannot take the artificial sweetener aftertaste. And I’m not willing to pay the extra since I’m not on a diet. But at $0.73 per cup, it’s not the worst price in the world, and if it went on sale might be worth it for those Cheap Eats dieters…

Price: $0.73 per 6-oz cup
Purchased at: Company Samples
Cheap Eats Score: 6/10 average for 3 flavors

14 Responses to “Dannon Light ‘N Fit Yogurt”

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  1. cybele Says:

    I like getting free samples that include those freezer packs. Even if I hate the product, I get a free freezer pack!

    That aside, I detest the idea of artificial sweeteners. I don’t have a diatribe to offer about their dangers or anything, I just don’t like the idea of eating fake things. A fake flavor is one thing, but something that mimics an energy source for your body and then doesn’t deliver on it is just plain mean.

    Nice photos and write up! I like the blue polka dots.

  2. Cheap Eats Editor Says:

    cybele – oh yeah, they sent about 8 freezer packs and 4 cups of yogurt. There were more freezer packs than yogurt cups! I kind of figured you would have strong feelings about the artificial sweet stuff (I forget if you had any reviews of sugarless candy on candyblog) … you are preaching to the choir, I have a really hard time eating anything with saccharin and even splenda. Plus, I don’t need to watch calories. But, I think it doesn’t bother a lot of people so I wanted to let them know to ignore my personal dislike of artificial sweeteners for the reviews…

  3. Jude Says:

    Yes, I know what you mean about the aftertaste. Some people don’t notice but others, like, me, can taste it at only a few parts per million. Whenever I think about the cost of yogurt, I remember my big gripe with Dannon raising their prices thorugh reducing the serving size, which I blogged about here…

    http://iniardwatch.blogspot.com/2005_02_01_iniardwatch_archive.html

  4. Juliet Says:

    You know, I am usually fine with sweeteners — I was okay with Nutrasweet, and I often use Splenda in tea or coffee. But the chemical aftertaste of the reformulated Light n’Fit was absolutely OVERWHELMING to me. Chemical and bitter and *lingering*. And this coming from someone who can tolerate Splenda! I tried several flavors, and hated them all. I used to eat the old formula all the time, and actually quite liked it — but I’ll never eat the reformulated Light n’Fit again if I can help it.

    I never really understood what people were talking about when they complained about chemical sweeteners, but I sure do now! I’m so sorry, people! If this is what you’ve been living through all this time, I offer my heartfelt sympathies!

  5. Katy Says:

    I agree about the chemical taste of the newly formulated Light-n-Fit. I used to eat the blueberry yogurt all the time. It was quite good when it had NutraSweet and a touch of fructose, and I could swear it had more chunks of fruit. It tasted even better with fresh blueberries and granola. Now nothing I do makes it taste better.

    I first noticed the new taste when they started with that contest, and I was so grossed out I actually wrote the company and asked if I’d gotten a bad batch. They wrote back saying that they had changed the sweetener because “more people prefer it.” I don’t know who those people are, but they might not actually have taste buds. I guess they figure that most people will put up with anything for 30 fewer calories per serving. Needless to say, I’m now shopping for a new yogurt. Any suggestions?

  6. Amy Says:

    Hey guys… I stumbled across this site while web-surfing and I noticed the article about this particular yogurt because I buy it quite often… although the only flavor they seem to ever have at the store when I go is Vanilla (which I like). I have tried the Raspberry before.. I agree with you that it needs a little re-thinking flavor-wise.

    If you are looking for a new yogurt with better flavor I don’t have any advice other than to opt for a higher calorie one. You could always buy plain and spruce it up with your own fruit and honey or something.

  7. Patty Wiliams Says:

    I used to buy Dannon Frozen yogert @ Fred Meyers it seems they no longer carry it, can you tell me who dose carry \your frozen yogert I especially like the Mint Chip Frozen Yogert. I am not supposed to eat ice cream so I switched to frozen yogert and your brand was the best . I live in Newport Oregon , Thank You

  8. steve segall Says:

    I am a diabetic and have a fungus problem. I heard that yogurt was good for fungus and also that it was healthy to eat. I like the
    7 gram sugar per cup and also the tast of the light and fit blueberry yogurt. Steve

  9. Isabel Says:

    I’m writting you to let you know that yesterday while my husband was eating one of your yogurts (the new Light & Fit) he found something black inside… it’s like a piede of foam. I still have the yogurt on my refrigerator with that black thing on it.
    Please reply to this e-mail.
    Thanks,
    Isabel

  10. Vickie Strate Says:

    We received a contest notice in the mail but the website it gives us to download the entry form is not found. The website given is http://www.dannonfocusonfit.com. Can you help me? We definitely want to get in on this. We are St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. Thanks!

  11. aguttman Says:

    I just discoverd yogert and enjoy its different flavors my nutritionist and my doctor recommended your brand name to me
    this helping my digestion as well as keeping me healthy. Thank you for what your company does for all of us that enjoy your product.

  12. Mike M. Says:

    I have been eating the Light & Fit for sometime now. I’m 64.
    The taste is tolerable, and I am benefitting from eating it rather than ice cream, which I can no longer eat because of trying to keep cholestorol down without going on ANOTHER pill. It also helps with my 34 inch waist. hehe.

  13. Linda Says:

    I have been buying Dannon Light & Fit for quite some time BECAUSE it was sweetened with Splenda. I won’t be buying it again because I notice that it now contains Aspartame, which I detest. I don’t want yogurts with real sugar because I have a sweet tooth and the more sugar I eat the more I need or else I get nauseous. I’d rather have a low fat yogurt because some fat is good for you and helps the absorption of antioxidants.

  14. Billy Hollis Says:

    I noticed the same thing as Linda in the most recent batch. Aspartame sweetened = no more purchases from me.




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