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Review: Liberté Mediterranée wild blackberry yogurt

Liberté Mediterranée wild blackberry yogurt -- both delicious and health-minded.

Somewhere along the way, yogurt went from delicious, nutritious food to processed pseudo-food, a scientific experiment that spiralled out of control.

See, bad things happen when you start counting calories obsessively. When faced with two yogurts on a dairy-case shelf, one that’s 250 calories per serving and another that’s 100, health-minded label-readers often pick the lower-cal variety. This trend started a long time ago, and it’s eventually evolved into a nutritional-claim circus.

In a never-ending game of one-upmanship, one yogurt company drops their milk fat level from 5% to 4%, and another dairy follows suit by dropping it to 3%. Then someone raises the stakes by making a fat-free yogurt. (Ooooh, SNAP!)

Similarly, sugar has been replaced by glucose-fructose, which has been replaced by glucose-fructose supplemented by artificial sweeteners, which has finally been replaced by nothing but artificial sweeteners. Yeesh. What the hell is left in a yogurt after it’s been cut down to a measly 35 calories per serving? Not goddamned much.

So, the curious lesson here is that while health nuts helped bring yogurt to the masses, a whole different faction of misguided health nuts is ruining the party. Something must be done. A stand must be taken.

This is why I’m so happy to see a few dairy companies still producing real, old-fashioned fruit-flavoured yogurts. They’re fatty, they’re sweetened with real sugar, and they’re proud of it.

The Mediterranee line from Liberte is a godsend, and their wild blackberry flavour is amazing.

The Pitch: “Our thickest, richest, fruit bottom natural yogurt.” That’s right. The fruit flavouring is on the bottom, so you have to stir it all by yourself before serving, just like in the old days. Good stuff. One very small victory for the slow food movement.

The Seeds: Yes, there are seeds. This is a natural-style yogurt, and blackberries have seeds. Deal with it.

The Taste: 8% milk fat, eh? Yep. You can taste it. It’s thick and creamy, rich and sweet without any artificial sugar substitutes or candy-like artificial flavours. It’s the real deal. The cream slides across your tongue and down your throat, filling your mouth with dairy goodness. The fruit is still in little flecks of ground-up berry, lending it a jammy intensity that tastes just right.

There are seeds in this here yogurt! Which is good, considering real blackberries have plenty of seeds.

RATINGS AND DETAILS

Cost: $4.45 for a 500 mL tub at a local grocery store.

Value for cash money: Not great, compared to other yogurts. But this isn’t like other yogurts.

Availability: In Edmonton, fairly widespread. Check natural-food stores and large supermarkets.

Nutrition?: Per 175 grams: 250 calories, 14 grams of fat, 6 grams of protein, 20% each daily value of calcium and vitamin A.

Vegetarian friendly?: Yes! There’s no gelatin, which is a common concern in modern yogurts.

The verdict: This is a fabulous yogurt. It’s a bit expensive to be a regular daily habit, and the calorie count is admittedly a tad high, but I could see myself picking up a tub every week or two. Add a few fresh, ripe blackberries, and the experience will be complete.

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