I would like to educate the public about soft frozen yogurt, since it is a very popular treat.

I do not want or mean to degrade any business; that is not my intent. But the facts are the facts.

First, using a dry candy powder mixed with milk doesn’t constitute yogurt. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s specifications for yogurt, nonfat yogurt and low-fat yogurt, they have to have “live” and “active” cultures.

The National Yogurt Association is seeking a ruling from the Food and Drug Administration that requires all products labeled as “yogurt” to contain a “minimum” level of 10 million cultures per gram of the live and active cultures that gives yogurt its healthy properties.

You 20- to 30-year-old moms and dads, be aware what your children eat. Your yogurt treat should contain 100 to 200 million cultures per gram of beneficial live and active yogurt cultures.

The National Yogurt Association requires 10 million cultures per gram of live and active yogurt cultures to qualify for its seal program. Yogurt shops will proudly display the Live and Active Cultures seal in their places of business if they have real yogurt.

Go to www.aboutyogurt. com and www.yocream.com for more information on the health benefits of real yogurt.

GENE TURLEY

Twin Falls

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