Yoplait-Light-No-Aspartame
Jun 25, 2014 • By

Removing aspartame from Yoplait Light

Yoplait has a history of listening to consumers. So after hearing requests to take out aspartame, the brand is taking action by removing it from Yoplait Light.

You’ll notice the change highlighted in new packaging – and with a blue lid – in a few months.

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“This is something we’ve been considering and looking into for a while,” says Steve Young, vice president, Yoplait. “We set out to accomplish this move to another sweetener, yet still provide a 90-calorie yogurt option. This change also does not compromise the great taste and creamy texture of Yoplait Light yogurt.”

Based on consumer preference in taste tests, Yoplait decided that sucralose is the best option to replace aspartame. Sucralose adds sweetness to foods and beverages without adding calories. It’s FDA approved, and also is the only low-calorie sweetener that’s made from sugar.

Aspartame will be removed from all sizes and flavors of Yoplait Light by end of summer. This includes those sold at convenience and club stores, and in multi pack and single-serve packages.

For more information, visit Yoplait.com.

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  • jmcarp

    I have to agree with you. I thought my littles were being weird until I had some old formula ones left and compared the two. They are not even close. My littles will eat one or two of the key lime or orange creme a day. They each took about two bites of this new type and threw them away. I myself don’t like aspartame because it tastes bitter to me but these were enjoyable with it.

  • Tom J

    I’ve always subscribed to the philosophy, “If it ain’t broke, DON’T FIX IT!” Yoplait Light was great. At least it used to be great. Why change it? We just returned unopened containers of the new “Apricot Mango Sorbet” to our local retailer. It was terrible. Please bring back the good stuff, the original APRICOT MANGO with Aspartame! Thank you from a long-time Type 1 diabetic who knows and appreciates good artificial sweeteners!

  • carissa

    Sucralose is even more dangerous than aspartame. Bad choice. My doctor said to stay away from all of these artificial sweeteners. I will now be switching to Tillamook because they use stevia which is actually natural. Sad because I have bought Yoplait for many many years.

  • dbeck

    Does General Mills really think sucralose is a better artificial sweetener than aspartame, as “the only low-calories sweetener that’s made from sugar”? Stating that sucralose is made from sugar without including information that the process of making sucralose uses chlorine is misleading marketing. From the International Food Information Council: “While the process to make sucralose begins with sucrose, or table sugar, the final product is different from sugar. Sucralose is made by replacing three select hydrogen-oxygen groups on the sugar molecule with three chlorine atoms, resulting in an intensely sweet, no-calorie sweetener”. General Mills needs to be more transparent in it’s communication with consumers and it should not use inappropriate scare tactics implying that aspartame is somehow harmful to consumers. Aspartame and sucralose are both safe alternatives to sugar, although both are artificial in construction.

    Additionally, telling people to look for the blue lid for Yoplait without aspartame is odd since aspartame is associated with the color blue (check the sweetener aisle). Sucralose is associated with the color yellow.

    Finally, if General Mills really wanted to move in a better direction with respect to the sweetener it uses in Yoplait, it would pursue a natural, no-calorie option like monk fruit or stevia, willing to accept that the higher cost of a natural ingredient is worth the benefit.

  • Turtle Woman

    Thank you for taking aspartame and high fructose corn syrup out! Now I can go back to eating Yoplait and give up the crummy brands! Thank you!

  • J Arnott

    I was deeply saddened by the replacement of aspartame with another chemically altered sweetner. I know aspartame has its issues but the move should be to replace it with a product that is a natural substance. I have the misfortune of being highly allergic to Spleda (sucralose). I have had two exposures to it, one in bites from a power bar and the other from a lemon drop martini. Both bought me tickets to the ER with an IV, airway, epinephrine drip…my next exposure could end my life. I have to ask everyone before I eat anywhere-parties, restaurants, friends. I look at all the labels in the store-it is now in my cough drops and toothe paste!!! Even things I used in the past are at risk for becoming tainted with this chemical.
    I am working with legislators to launch a campaign on the dangers of this product as I have found over 4,000 individuals with the same reaction I have. There are many GI bleeds that are associated with this product as well. I encourage General Mills to not fall pray to the use of this substance. And personally, there goes my breakfast….

  • nick

    I’ve been on Nutri-systems “NS” for a year…thanks to the “Prior” tasting Yoplait light..it helped me lose 130lbs…”with walking n NS foods, I have 2 a day based on the NS menu , but I’ve just had my first taste of my favorite flavor strwbrry shortcake…oh my god how awful the taste…how could a company totally Ruin something that was just fine the way it was…Shame on you Yoplait..yer kissing to many butts down at Weight watchers to do whats in your Companies interest….Greek yogurt isn’t going to fix this huge mistake

  • Dimitri K

    Very very very disappointed and upset. This was my favorite and best yogurt on the market and yet another product switched for that damn thorn in my side Sucralose which I am highly sensitive too. Destroyed the taste, the flavor and my stomach. Being a diabetic this was my favorite treat for so many years now my options are running out on treats. Thank God for diet soda and Popsicles. I can never have this again please please please switch back to Aspartame. Everyone has Sucralose why oh why did you have to do this Yoplait. You were the only one without this disgusting substitute and you had to ruin the most amazing yogurt on the market because of these Aspartame haters where they have so many choices out there because the majority is sweetened with Sucralose and the one that isn’t has been taken away. I wish you could have gone another route and used maybe xylitol or agave something else anything but this Sucralose that has limited my options. It’s in everything under the sun.I know some of you are saying “Relax dude it’s just yogurt it’s no big deal” well for me it is my options have run out for good sugar free aspartame treats.
    I am so disappointed :-(

  • concerned mom

    I just saw your new label of, no more aspartame in your light yogurt. It’s funny how the person below says it doesn’t taste the same because if you read the back label it says suclarose which is another name for aspartame and creates the same neurological issues in individuals and even worse then aspartame. All artificial sweeteners are bad. I used to buy yoplait but now I choose all organic non-gmo products and I am big on reading all labels. Yopliat is dieciving everyone. I choose Stonyville yogurt.

  • Debbie

    The new light yoplait is just awful now. My father and I eat about 15 yoplait light a week and we both do not like the taste. We will not be buying it anymore. The original flavor has too many calories in it.

  • Debbie

    New taste is terrible. I will not be buying it anymore.

  • Mary Washburn

    The new Yoplait light is awful. Bitter aftertaste. My husband and I have eaten Yoplait light daily for many years but I will not buy it again unless you go back to the way is was.

  • Don Mcknight

    This new stuff without aspartame is no good. It’s absolutely sour and I won’t be buying any if the recipe doesn’t change back or use something that’s as sweet as the old recipe

  • Jo

    How about everyone stop being obsessed with no or low cal sweeteners. It is healthier (and cheaper) for you to eat a plain yogurt and add your own fruit than too eat the super fake sugary crap that yoplait and all the other “hip & fun” brands sell. Go buy a brand that doesn’t waste all their money on advertisements but puts that money back into the product. Find the yogurt with the least amount of crap listed on the ingredient list, buy that one, buy some fresh fruit, and some local honey and make your own flavor. Anyone who eats fake sugar is killing themselves.

  • MusicGirl2006

    Today I picked up a Yoplait Light because I saw the new advertising saying the aspartame had been removed. I refuse to ingest aspartame. It’s horrible for your body and it personally makes me very sick. Too bad the aspartame has been replaced with other chemicals including acesulfame potassium, which is just as bad as aspartame. This is a big fat fail and the advertising is incredibly misleading. I’m disappointed.

  • Mary Earle

    this is horrible… you went from one bad substance to another…and the new one I cannot consume because it causes severe migrains. Why not going to monk fruit or to stevia? Or beet sugar? So very disappointed….

  • Launa Deck

    I have been a yoplait light yogurt eater for over ten years, i use to enjoy eating the yogurt but since you have adjusted the taste it is not the same, the very vanilla is plain with hardly any vanilla flavor. I hope you fix the flavors back or I have to switch to a different brand.

  • dawn

    I am not liking the change either… Sucralose is just a side step… Stevia or Truvia may be better replacement… at least those are derivatives from the original NATURAL sugar

  • Veto Chervase

    People just aren’t stupid. They realize that you have simply replaced ASPARTAME with another chemical sweetener and you can still taste the chemical in the new formula. The big question is why does Yoplait feel compelled to trick their patrons and more importantly, why the need to poison the American public? I will never eat Yoplait yogurt again. I have switched to Dannon. At least they don’t lie to their patrons.

  • patty proferes

    OMG what have you done to my Favorite Very Vanilla Yoplait. I was a faithful customer who delighted in this delicious yogurt…and one day, bam, it tastes yucky, bland, chemical aftertaste…I am so bummed and disappointed. Very bad marketing decision.
    As someone said in this thread, if its not broke don’t try to fix it…
    Be bold and go back to the original. ASAP

  • IrieJB

    I do not eat aspartame as it has been shown to greatly increase the aging process, so the news of it being removed from the light yogurt caught my attn. But I do not like sucralose either. It bothers my digestion. How about having light Yoplait be half the sugar of regular yogurt? The daily limit for women is about 25 grams, yet the reg yogurt has more than that in just one yogurt. And to me they are good but too sweet. I recently tried Yoplait Greek yogurt which had a lot less sugar in it & was so much better. Still sweet, but not sickly sweet, like the reg yogurt. So maybe try a version with real sugar but at 15 grams or so.

  • J_Belle24

    I have found that the new Yoplait light is amazing. It has become more enjoyable and I feel better knowing that the company has taken the time to listen to its customers and make the appropriate changes. The new Yoplait is really not different from the older ones. AS for everyone who seems to want to change brands if you read the notes closely you will see they only removed it from the light Yoplait line. GO get the other lines they have. They are just as good and will still make you happy.

    • Tollthis

      Please tell us if you work for General Mills or not.

  • Christa Walters Brown

    I used to eat Yoplait light almost daily. The new ones, without aspartame are awful. I’m not sure why sucralose is a better alternative. I will not be buying Yoplait anymore.

  • chelsea

    I used to eat Yoplait light 3 times a day, but I am now switching brands. The new kind without aspartame is terrible. Please sell the old kind again, I loved the old recipes.

  • Roger Jennings

    I wanted to express my disappointment with the change made with Light Yoplait and was astonished how many are expressing negative comments.. 14 I bought at the Marine Corp Commissary, 12 just got deposited in the garbage..

  • Roger Jennings

    I am not surprised with the number of comments about the new Light Yogurt..I purchased 14 various flavors at the Marine Corp. Commissary and just disposed of 12 that I find unsatisfactory..Flavor is not the same and one that I do not care for..Will notice if you choose to revert back with aspartame, tho don’t think it will happen..
    Disappointed..

  • Wendy

    I am also looking into switching brands. My Boston Cream Pie is nowhere near as good, makes me so sad. I have been eating a yogurt a day for a year on Weight Watchers, I’m surprised they are still promoting the product, they may back out. Food for thought. I’m afraid to try the other flavors. It also made the yogurt more watery than before? I think you should make both options……

  • Candice Herzog

    Yoplait has graciously omitted Aspartame from their light yogurt products. They are now using Sucralose, another sweetener. Sucralose is another dangerous product known to cause cancer and other diseases. Why are they substituting one cancer causing product for another. If they really care, let them use a natural sweetener such as Stevia made only from plants. There are also other wonderful plant based sweeteners available. Step up and create food that will stop poisoning us! When I see this change I will once again buy General Mills products, until then I will buy from companies who care and don’t use cancer causing drugs besides other terrible side effects. I would encourage readers to do some research on Sucralose and stand up for our health.

  • David Gehman

    I will also begin looking at other brands, as I just don’t like the new taste of the light. I was a big customer of Yoplait with our household buying 15 or more every week.

  • mcdl

    Thought I was probably the only one, but so disappointed in the new Yoplait Light. Loved it before. Started eating it a lot when on chemo and have continued to do so, but no more.

  • Guest

    Personally I think they taste great. :)

  • Jeanne S.

    I’ve been buying the Thick and Creamy Yoplait Light. It contains sugar, but is still only 100 calories and all of the flavors taste amazing! I hope you come up with more flavors in this line.

  • John P

    After many years of enjoying Yoplait, I am disappointed with the recent change in the Yoplait light to remove aspartame. The new taste makes the product comparable to any store brand yogurt (lame). I can hardly tell that I am savoring a Boston Cream Pie Yoplait Light, which “was” my favorite flavor. The “make you feel good” change is baseless, unnecessary, and ruins an otherwise excellent product. All good things come to an end. Time to find a new brand.

  • Geoff

    I am a very decades long user of Apple Turnover but couldn’t find it among the new packaging so I tried the Apple Fritter. It too tasted terrible and all unopened containers were returned to the store. I then tried a several others flavors all of which were equally terrible. Sorry Yoplait, you have lost me as a customer.

  • Jacques Clemenceau

    Finally, a low sugar yogurt, without aspartame! Yes!

  • Jacques Clemenceau

    Oh wait, you have sucralose in there! Hmm, bummer…

  • Jester OC

    I just finished my Dannon light and it looks like of all the other yogurts that we have tried to replace the now terrible tasting yoplait. What were you people thinking? If a small portion of the population has no concept about the safety of Aspartame then educate them don’t bow to their wishes as it will just perpetuate the nonsense, these folks will soon be afraid of something else and what are you going to do then? Get a backbone. Especially when it ruins your product.

  • zemel

    I never liked Dannon, because I don’t like chunks of fruit in my yogurt. I also read an article by a scientist who had analyzed yogurts and he said that Dannon had food coloring in it made from bug juice. Not appetizing! I don’t see a big difference in the taste in the Yoplait, I’ve been eating it for 6 years. I will continue to do so.

  • Essboyle

    Unfortunately there are people, like myself, who have an increase in triglyceride levels from Sucralose (Splenda). I hope there’s a company that does not use Sucralose out there or I’ll have to give up yogurt completely.

  • Tollthis

    Well Yoplait, how are you going to fix your “New Coke” version of yogurt?

  • Brian

    I have been a loyal Yoplait light customer for years, buying and eating about 2 every day as my snacks. I am SO VERY disappointed in this move. None of the favorites like Banana Crème, Strawberry Banana, Boston Crème Pie, Lemon, and Key Lime even taste good anymore. Why did you fix what was not broken? You had one of the most popular items…items that were so popular it was sometimes hard to get all the flavors you want on certain days at stores. Why not offer an option? As of now, I am going to be looking for my new daily snack. You have lost me as a customer, and based on these comments, many others too. Sad.