Target: Yoplait USA Inc.
Goal: Urge Yoplait to reduce the amount of sugar and aspartame respectively found in Yoplait’s original yogurt and light yogurt lines
Though Yoplait has already gotten rid of rbGH-treated cow’s milk and high-fructose corn syrup from its yogurt in 2009 and 2012 respectively, several aspects of the yogurt’s content is still a concern to health-conscious consumers. Its Original yogurt line contains far too much sugar; there are 27 grams of sugar in each portion-sized container, contributing to 108 of the 170 calories per serving.
In addition, the Yoplait Light line is still partially made with aspartame, a substance still under debate by many nutritionists. Though there are no certain conclusions about aspartame’s long-term effects, many studies have shown it to be associated with diabetes, obesity, cancer, and birth defects. Critics claim that it is better to simply use less natural sweeteners than ramp up the taste with artificial ingredients.
By signing this petition you will help urge Yoplait to reduce the sugar in their yogurt as well seek alternative low-calorie sweetening solutions for their Light line so that consumers will get maximum health benefits from eating yogurt instead of battling with the side effects that sugar and artificial sweeteners bring.
To Yoplait Yogurts:
First of all I would like to commend you for having gotten rid of both milk from rbGH-treated cows and high-fructose corn syrup from your yogurt. I appreciate your efforts in putting consumers’ health first and seeking ways to make their yogurt-eating experience the healthiest possible.
However, many concerns have continued to grow due to the amount of sugar that is in your Original Yogurt line. Each serving of yogurt contains 27 grams of sugar—exceeding women’s recommended limit of 24 grams per day and making up a large portion of men’s recommended 36 grams per day as given by the American Heart Association.
In addition, aspartame is still being used as a sugar substitute in Yoplait Light, a situation that has led to skepticism as the health effects of aspartame are still being debated by nutritionists. Until we can disprove the claim that aspartame can cause diabetes, cancer, obesity, or birth defects, it would be appropriate to keep it out of consumers’ food.
Please continue to work hard to make yogurt healthier by reducing sugar content and seeking alternative natural sweeteners so consumers can make the best out of their yogurt-eating experience.
[Your Name Here]
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