What is so great about Greek yogurt?!

By Escali in Healthy Living

The hype revolving around Greek yogurt is hard to miss seeing as everywhere you turn people are raving about it! What is all the buzz about really? Is Greek yogurt really that much better than regular yogurt? Everyone agrees, even healthcare professionals, but why?

Protein: Greek yogurt has double the protein of regular yogurt. 8 ounces of Greek yogurt=20 grams of protein whereas 8 ounces of regular yogurt=11-13 grams. According to Prevention.com, a typical 6 ounce serving of Greek yogurt packs as much protein as 3 ounces of lean meat.

Carbohydrates: For those who are trying to manage their weight or ward off hunger, Greek yogurt is the best route to take according to the article “Yogurt Smackdown: Greek vs. Regular.” One can also enjoy a Greek yogurt and know they are consuming fewer carbohydrates than the counterpart which is beneficial to diabetics and those watching their carbohydrate intake.

Sodium: Greek yogurt has less sodium by up to 50% than traditional yogurt.

Texture: Some people don’t enjoy yogurt because of the specific texture. Greek yogurt varies in texture to original yogurt and is thicker and creamier. The straining process for yogurt, in which the whey is removed, varies for each. The water is removed when straining Greek yogurt which makes it more rich and thick in consistency. Others don’t enjoy yogurt because of the added sugars from the dairy but Greek yogurt has less lactose which is less likely to upset one’s stomach.

Substitution: Greek yogurt can be an excellent substitute for many cooking and baking projects. It can replace eggs and oil as well as high calorie additives for foods such as dip ingredients, sauces, salad dressings and more. Adding Greek yogurt into smoothies, deserts and heavy cream can also make for a tasty alternative.

There are still some categories however where regular yogurt beats out the new guy:

Calcium: When it comes to calcium, regular yogurt wins as it contains more than Greek yogurt does. Both are still good sources but to those who don’t get enough calcium in other foods, it would be better to stick to the original.

Cost: Unfortunately, you’re going to have to pay more when it comes to purchasing Greek yogurt over regular yogurt, maybe even twice as much. Due to the escalated customer demand and the more in depth process for straining and development, the price is escalated as well.

With the added excitement over Greek yogurt, other food producers have taken note and have caught up on the trends and popularity over the term “Greek” added in front of their foods. Some food companies have products that claim to have Greek yogurt as an ingredient but it’s very important for the consumer to read the food labels and make sure that what they are buying is the real deal…consumers are urged to do the following:

  1. Read the ingredient label: If food truly does claim to be a Greek yogurt, it should contain only milk and live active cultures.

2. Steer clear of the shelf: Other food producers have labeled foods as containing Greek yogurt but they don’t have the same health benefits. If it sits on the shelf outside of the refrigeration section, it most likely does not warrant and contain Greek yogurt and its benefits.

3. Don’t count on live active cultures: Live active cultures which are found in Greek and traditional contain probiotics which promotes digestive health, boost immunity and prevents yeast infections. Make sure that when reading the label it reads, “live active cultures” rather than “made with live active cultures.”

It’s up to your own personal preference to choose traditional or Greek the next time you go grocery shopping or grab for a yogurt in the fridge but most can agree and it is shown that Greek yogurt is the more superior choice over traditional yogurt. If you’re asking us…GO GREEK!

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