Toward a Definition of Yogurt

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The commercial yogurt-covered raisin is actually the icing-covered raisin. It is sugar and hydrogenated oil (and some "yogurt powder"). It has more calories and more saturated fat than the chocolate-covered raisin

A judicious alternative is the almond, or the nothing-covered raisin.

Should we call a thing yogurt because it contains a modicum of desiccated dairy particles? When we fill an urn, does that make it a person? Some say yes. But no one markets that person as a high-energy snack food.

Tell your friends; write your congressperson.

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James Hamblin, MD, is a senior editor at The Atlantic. He writes the health column for the monthly magazine and hosts the video series If Our Bodies Could Talk.

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