Dannon Yogurt Lies
Posted by: “Robert” email@example.com cohensmilk1
Thu Dec 16, 2010 10:29 pm (PST)
Dannon Yogurt Lies
I’ve been telling Notmilk readers for more than 15 years
that the acidophilus Dannon adds to their yogurt does not
work. In Dannon’s own words, the so-called beneficial
bacteria “does not culture in the gut.”
That’s the bad news…the good news is Wednesday’s
(December 15, 2010) story as reported by the Associated Press:
“Dannon Co. Inc. has agreed pay $21 million and drop some health
claims for its Activia yogurt and DanActive dairy drink under
pressure from state and federal regulators. The food company has
claimed in its marketing its Activia yogurt helps relieve
irregularity and that its DanActive drink helps people avoid
catching colds or the flu. The Federal Trade Commission says
Wednesday there is not enough evidence to back those claims.
It says it has reached a settlement with the company that
prohibits it from making such claims unless they are approved
by the FDA.”
Five years ago (December 4, 2005), Notmilk reported:
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I am often asked:
“What about the benefits of yogurt? Isn’t the acidophilus
added to yogurt good for you? Don’t Hunzas who eat lots
of yogurt outlive every other society?”
The truth is that the acidophilus bacterium added to yogurt is
not absorbed by the human body. It doesn’t work. It’s simply
an unethical marketing tool used by dairy producers on a
trusting public. The Dannon Yogurt company scientists admit
this truth but Dannon executives continue to lie to the public.
During the 1950’s, teams of researchers “discovered that
Hunzas regularly ate yogurt and seemed healthy. The Pakistani
Muslim Hunzas living in one of the most isolated areas of the
world craved the new found attention. One year after all of the
excitement of discovery, a group of 60 year old Hunzas
mysteriously became 75. The next year, they were 90. A few years
later, they were over the age of 100. The Hunza myth (Dannon’s
lie) has been exposed in great detail in a book by Wilcox,
Wilcox,& Suzuki, called “The Okinawa Plan.”
Why would one small region of Pakistan, a nation roughly
the size of California, have the average person living
past age 100, while the average expected age of a Pakistani
at death is 64.
The Hunzas are not a small tribe living in a remote
mountain village with 12 goats and a few sheep, as
Americans have been led to believe. The mountainous Hunza
region of Northern Pakistan comprises a land mass greater
than the combined areas of Delaware and Rhode Island.
Why would the Pakistanis of Hunza be any different from those
living in Murree, Quetta, Ziarat, Swat, Kaghan, Chitral, or
Gilgit? The truth of the matter is that the people of Hynza are
no different. Pakistanis (including the Hunzas) eat similar
diets and drink similar water. The answer to this mystery
perpetrated by Dannon is that the Hunza myth was invented,
and it is pure fraud.
The Dannon Yogurt research foundation publishes a newsletter
extolling the virtues of their product. Here are excerpts from
a column written by Cathy J. Saloff-Coste:
In the mid-1980’s acidophilus was first suggested to have
health benefits for humans (1,2). Acidophilus occurs
naturally in the gastrointestinal tract but tends to grow
slowly when added to milk (yogurt), leading to the risk of
undesirable organisms. There is no direct proof and no
consensus among researchers on whether or not added
acidophilus in yogurt adheres to or colonizes in the
intestines (3). Few human studies have been performed. A
recent study reported that yogurt did not alter
immunoglobulin secretions. These results show no health
benefits from yogurt consumption. (4)
1. Jones, et al,(1985) Effect of acidophilus yogurt on serum
cholesterol, triglyceride and lipoprotein levels of healthy
males. J. Dairy Sci. 68 (Suppl. 1 83-84
2. Nelson, et al, (1984) Cholesterol uptake by lactobacillus
acidophilus, J. Dairy Sci. 67 (Suppl. 1), 50
3. Saavedra, et al, (1995) Microbes to fight microbes, J.
Pediatric Gastroenterol. 21, 125-129
4. Marteau, et al, (1996) Effects of Lactobacillus
acidophilus strain LA1 on serum concentration and jejunal
secretions of immunoglobulins and serum proteins in healthy
humans. In SOMED 21st Intl. Congress on microbial ecology
and disease, Paris, October 28-30, 1996.
Thank you, Dannon!
So…let’s set the record straight. What exactly is yogurt?
It’s a delicious snack consisting of jelly, starch, and
flavorings with naturally occurring pus, hormones, and glue.
Marketing geniuses have convinced consumers with a series of
clever lies that this high calorie food is a healthy dietary
option. It is delicious, just as ice cream is delicious.
Healthy? You can bet your life that it is not.