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What are the Health Benefits of Greek Yogurt vs. Regular Yogurt?

Greek yogurt is growing in popularity, but is it really better than standard yogurt? Discover the many benefits of Greek yogurt.

Yogurt is growing in popularity as more people discover the ease of opening a carton and eating this probiotic rich food for breakfast or a mid-morning snack. Not only can you eat yogurt straight from the carton, it can be used as a base to make healthy salad dressings, sauces, smoothies, yogurt based ice creams, and desserts. Versatility never tasted so good! One type of yogurt that’s more recent to the American supermarket, but growing in popularity is Greek yogurt. What are the benefits of Greek yogurt and is it better than standard yogurt?

The Benefits of Greek Yogurt

It’s higher in protein.

If you’re looking for a good source of protein, Greek yogurt wins out over regular yogurt. Most commercial Greek yogurts at supermarkets have almost double the protein content of standard brands such as Dannon. One cup of plain, low-fat convention yogurt has between ten and twelve protein grams, whereas most Greek yogurts average around twenty.

It’s lower in carbohydrates.

For the carb watcher, Greek yogurt is the better choice. Whereas standard yogurts have fifteen to seventeen grams of carbs, Greek yogurt averages around nine with some brands having even less. Greek yogurt is also a better choice for those with diabetes for obvious reasons.

It’s thicker and creamier.

Greek yogurt has a thicker, creamier texture which many people find appealing. Standard yogurt is generally strained two times, whereas Greek yogurt is triply strain to remove more of the whey. When whey is removed, so is water which creates a thicker, more substantial yogurt product. For this reason, thickeners aren’t added to Greek yogurt, yet it still has an appealing texture. Because it’s thicker and creamier, it’s often better than standard yogurt for making dips and sauces.

It’s lower in sodium.

If you’re watching your salt intake, Greek yogurt is the better choice. It often contains as much as fifty percent less sodium than standard yogurts.

The Disadvantages of Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt is a good option both from a taste and a health standpoint, although standard yogurt has a few health advantages over its Mediterranean counterpart. Standard yogurt has two to three times the bone building calcium of Greek yogurt. Why During the triple straining process, some of the calcium is removed from Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt can also be higher in fat and calories, but non-fat Greek yogurts are still naturally creamy, meaning you don’t need the full-fat version for great taste and texture.

If you can’t decide which to choose, why not keep them in the refrigerator to enjoy when a craving hits? They’re both a good alternative to high calorie desserts.

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  1. well written informative article!

  2. That was very informative. I was not even knowing about Greek yogurt. Got some good knowledge. Thank you.

  3. Now, all we need is the process for turning regular yogurt into Greek yogurt.

  4. I was first introduced to what they are calling “Greek yogurt” 13 years ago when I lived in Turkey. Was hooked on it immediately. Am glad it is getting some marketing in the states now.

  5. Greek yogurt has a better texture, but it’s more expensive than regular yogurt brands.

  6. I Am a person who cant stand regular yogurt unless in the mood for it. About maby 2x per year.evan the flavored kinds.recently tried basic vanilla nonfat greek (I normally hate anything nonfat) and like it enough to eat couple times per week.

  7. Greek yogurt is higher in fat, and a good portion of that (an average of 30% when I checked 4 popular brands) is saturated fat, which is not good for anybody.

    For this reason, I’m wary of people who wholeheartedly endorse adding this to their diet if they haven’t thought through all of the implications.

  8. Actually, Sara Bennet-Jones, saturated fats protect the heart, burn quicker than polyunsaturates, and are essential for successful, long-term weight loss as they have a satiating effect that curbs the appetite. The American emphasis on polyunsaturates is misinformed and driven by the food industry, who has a vested interest in consumers believing the cheap, rancid oils they use are better for them. In fact, cheap, overly-processed polyunsaturates from vegetable sources have been linked to heart disease and cancer, whereas the \”research\” claiming the same of medium-chain saturated fats has failed to bear up under further study. Want to protect your heart, lose weight and fend off cancer? Throw out all your corn, vegetable, and hydrolized oils. Replace them with full fat whole foods (like pastured meats, dairy, butter, and tropical oils)!

    You’d do better to be wary of people who blindly follow health advice set forth by a broken and highly political system based on profiteering. Look out for your own health. Do the research and educate yourself on REAL whole, healing foods. You’ll be glad you did!

  9. You are so right. Thanks for speaking up about saturated fats. I took a course based on the work of Sally Fallon and her book Eat Fat to Lose Fat, and found that all that nonfat stuff had caused me to gain and not be able to lose. I am now thinner, healthier, and eating better tasting foods!! Butter, coconut oil, whole milk, eggs, etc. My cholesteral numbers are excellent—the good fats greatly outnumber the others. Yes, this system is indeed run by the corporations. Don’t trust the monsantos of the world, or the FDA.

  10. You are so right. Thanks for speaking up about saturated fats. I took a course based on the work of Sally Fallon and her book Eat Fat to Lose Fat, and found that all that nonfat stuff had caused me to gain and not be able to lose. I am now thinner, healthier, and eating better tasting foods!! Butter, coconut oil, whole milk, eggs, etc. My cholesteral numbers are excellent—the good fats greatly outnumber the others. Yes, this system is indeed run by the corporations. Don\’t trust the monsantos of the world, or the FDA.

  11. Ya, Greek yogurt has been a real blessing for my health, especially the non fat varieties. It has allowed me to get tons of extra protein into my diet which helps with hunger cravings, especially when I add fresh fruit.

    But it also has allow me to enjoy the benefits of probiotics which have really saved me a couple of times when I have had food poisoning or an upset stomach. Just make sure you only buy organic, like the kind made by stoneyfield called “oikos”. I read about the probiotic benefits here: http://www.healthyhelp.net/what-are-the-health-benefits-of-greek-yogurt-vs-regular-yogurt/

  12. A good article, but I wish you would ahve addressed the claim that most Greek yougurt contains beneficial pro-biotic bacteria in higher amounts than regular yougurt. I don’t know whether this is trye or not, but I have heard many fans of Greek yougurt repeat it.
    natural living

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