The Holy Grail of Yogurt – No Junk and Not Much Sugar – Siggi’s

The all time most visited page on my site is one about Gelatin in Yogurt and how to find gelatin-free yogurt. My next update on the topic was about switching to Greek yogurt (but avoiding Greek-style yogurt). But now I’ve found the best yogurt you can buy – Siggi’s Icelandic Skyr.

mountain of siggis skyr

Contains no junk, less sugar and is delicious. Excess sugar has been one of my biggest complaints about flavored yogurt and food in general in the US. Here is the nutritional label for raspberry Siggi’s:

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 container (150g)
Calories100 Calories from fat 0
* % Daily Value
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholestrol  0mg 0%
Sodium55mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 11g
Protein 14g 28%
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 20% Iron 0%
Ingredients
Pasteurized Skim Milk, Raspberries, Cane Sugar, Fruit Pectin, Live Active Cultures

More protein and less sugar compared to Chobani Mixed Berry (the closest Chobani flavor), which has:

  • Sugars 16g
  • Protein 12g

Or Dannon Oikos strawberry:

  • Sugars 18g
  • Protein 12g

Or regular Dannon raspberry (which also contains gelatin)

  • Sugars 24g
  • Protein 6g

After Siggi’s, I’ve tried Smari Skyr but Siggi’s tastes better.

Beware of the “Greek Style” Yogurts, especially Vegetarians

One of the most popular posts on this blog is my old post about gelatin in yogurt. The pictures from that post are lost but people still come and visit that regularly from searches about gelatin in yogurt.

I have been meaning to post an updated version of that page after I found that Greek Yogurt is yummier and does not contain Gelatin. But, I have been outsmarted. Manufacturers are now making “Greek style” yogurt, whatever the heck that means, and hiding the word style in fine print. See this shining example from Muller (made by Quaker, owned by Pepsi) below:

Greek Style

So you have been warned. What really needs to be in Yogurt is just this (picture shows Chobani yogurt):

Chobani Ingredients

Photo credit

Milk and cultures. That’s it. No corn starch. No whey powder. No gelatin. Nothing but milk and cultures. No wonder that Chobani guy is a billionaire.

No crap even in flavored varieties:

chobani_strawberry_ingredients

As a comparison, here is Dannon Oikos:

dannon_oikos_nutritionlabel_strawberry

Also see my post on Siggi’s Icelandic Yogurt

Stupid Design I – Frigidaire Gallery Dishwasher

frigidaire bad design splash guardI’m hoping to start a series of articles on poorly designed stuff with this article after I noticed that this is the third time the problem has occurred.

Our Frigidaire Gallery dishwasher, supposedly the quietest dishwasher in it’s class (what a joke) had it’s quiet pump die in the first few months and was replaced under warranty with a new one that is noisy beyond belief. But this is not what this rant is about. We mostly time the dishwasher to run while we are asleep so the noise is not a big concern.

After about a year of use, I was really lucky and noticed that a tiny rubber tab called “splash guard” near the bottom inside the dishwasher was ripped. A little bit of Googling led me to find a lot of complaints about leaking dishwashers thanks to that tab breaking. Also the placement of that tab is exactly where the wheels of the bottom tray slide. So basically it is intentionally placed in a way that it will rip and the dishwasher will leak.

So 12$ later, I find myself with a couple of new tabs, which lasted under a year. Essentially 12$-$15 every 6-12 months to fix a design defect in the dishwasher. Thankfully we don’t have other problems that people have with this dishwasher yet.

Fox Rent A Car Billing Disputes – Beware!

Jan 18: I rented a car from Fox at Oaklad airport and returned the car on time but they charged me for an extra day due to an error on their part. Calling their national customer service just got me forwarded on to the local Oakland office.

A Vanessa at the Oakland office promised to look into the issue and call back the same day. Ha!! No such luck. So I called back a few days later and this time I was promised a refund to my credit card within a few minutes. No such luck again.

If you ever rented from Fox, I would recommend you check your credit card statement and see if you have been billed correctly. I am going to dispute this charge with my credit card now because it is pointless calling Fox. Supposedly only a manager can give you refunds or investigate matters and a manager is never available nor do they call you back after taking your information.

Update on Jan 28: HSBC (my credit card company) has filed a sales receipt request from Fox and I have provided them with all the information I had. Unfortunately I did not save my copy of the rental agreement. I have also called Oakland again but was placed on endless hold waiting for a manager. I have emailed Fox customer service and left a message for them one more time. If this dispute is not resolved a complaint to the BBB is due.

Upon searching for Fox Rent a Car online, I found lots of people who were cheated far more than I was. Here are links to some complaints:
BBB
RateItAll
RipOff Report