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Hungry Girl: The Interview [Video!]

Posted Aug 06 2009 10:23pm

First of all, big thanks to Julie and her team for making this interview with Lisa Lillien possible. We chatted via Skype on Tuesday and everything went smoothly. The overall topic for the video interview was related to healthy snacks and snacking, but as you’ll see, I also wanted to get Lisa’s thoughts on the FTC guidelines and whether or not she feels her recipes should be seen as mainstays in a person’s diet. The interview can be viewed below and runs slightly over 11 minutes. I hope you will find it interesting! (And laugh at my awkwardness!)

Fiber One Yogurt

As you may or may not know, Fiber One is an official “Hungry Girl Approved” brand. To go along with the interview, I was sent two versions of the Fiber One Nonfat Yogurt: Key Lime Pie and Strawberry.

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The packaging for these yogurts promises “50 calories + 5 grams fiber + 0 grams fat = zero guilt.” Here’s my honest take on them.

The Good:

Obviously, the fiber content is a big sticking point (literally) for these yogurts. Fiber has been proven to keep you fuller longer, so getting more fiber is always going to be a good thing. In addition, the yogurt tasted good by “sweetened” yogurt standards (as opposed to Greek). The key lime pie was slightly tart and had a real lime zing to it, and the strawberry had an overall sweet taste with little pieces of fruit scattered throughout.

The Not-So-Good:

I’ve got to be honest and say that the ingredient list was not really for me. Artificial sweeteners (particularly aspartame) are not good for my sensitive stomach, and I tend to steer away from products that contain them (as I’m sure many of you already know). I am also not a huge sweetened yogurt eater – if anything, I’ll go Greek.

Bottom Line:

If you dig sweetened yogurts and are cool with eating artificial sweeteners, these yogurts definitely meet the taste criteria and have the added benefit of fiber. In other words, it’s up to you to decide what your personal preference is. I know there are a lot of opinions on artificial sweeteners and the like in the blogosphere, so I’ll leave it up to you :)

That said, I appreciate having the chance to do the review and, even more spectacularly, having the chance to interview Lisa Lillien. I also did a little digging and found that not all Fiber One products contain aspartame – check out their Frosted Shredded Wheat cereal or muffins, to list a few examples. 

Questions?

Anyone who has a follow-up question for Lisa Lillien or anyone on the Fiber One team that I did not cover in this post should feel free to ask it below in the comments. I know some of you who have strong opinions, so this may be a good chance to get feedback.

Go eat some fiber!

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