Dannon Yogurt Lies


Dannon Yogurt Lies

Posted by: “Robert” cohensmilk1@yahoo.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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Yogurt Lies

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:

Lactobacillus Acidophilus

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.

Robert Cohen