Monday, 23 April 2012

Greek Yogurt Rules Supreme

I vote for Greek Yogurt. I love it better than regular. So what are the differences between Greek and Regular Yogurt you ask?

"Yogurt comes from milk that has had healthy bacteria added, causing it to ferment. During this process, yogurt thickens and takes on a slightly tangy taste. Yogurt is then strained through a cheesecloth, which allows the liquid whey part of milk to drain off. Regular yogurt is strained twice, while Greek yogurt is strained three times to remove more whey (leaving a thicker consistency)."

Greek Benefits Regular Benefits
  • almost double the protein
  • fewer carbs (beneficial to diabetics)
  • half the sodium
  • plain, non-fat has same calories as regular
  • nicer texture
  • doesn't curdle when used in cooking
  • higher in Calcium
  • costs less (usually)
Source: ‘Yogurt Smackdown: Greek vs. Regular’ by Kari Hartel, RD, LD
http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/fitness/yogurt-smackdown-greek-vs-regular.html

Another article compares labels: "Compare the labels of Dannon's regular and Greek varieties.” 
Greek (5.3 ounces, nonfat, plain)
  • Calories: 80
  • Total fat: 0 grams
  • Cholesterol: 10 milligrams
  • Sodium: 50 milligrams
  • Sugar: 6 grams
  • Protein: 15 grams
  • Calcium: 15 percent on a 2,000-calorie diet
Regular (6 ounces, nonfat, plain)
  • Calories: 80
  • Total fat: 0 grams
  • Cholesterol: 5 milligrams
  • Sodium: 120 milligrams
  • Sugar: 12 grams
  • Protein: 9 grams
  • Calcium: 30 percent on a 2,000-calorie diet

Source: Greek Yogurt Vs. Regular Yogurt: Which is More Healthful? by Angela Haupt, Kurtis Hiatt
http://health.usnews.com/health-news/diet-fitness/diet/articles/2011/09/30/greek-yogurt-vs-regular-yogurt-which-is-more-healthful

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