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According to Fitday, nearly 28% of all Americans are eating yogurt on a daily basis. Chock full of calcium and probiotics, many people choose yogurt because it’s a good, healthy option. Though, what is with all of this Greek yogurt that is taking our dairy aisles by storm? No, it’s not a trend. It’s just yogurt that has been strained a third time for a creamier texture and few added benefits.
You might wonder, what are the differences between Greek and regular yogurt? Let’s compare so you can choose what’s right for you and your family.
Organic v/s Non-organic: I suggest always buying organic yogurt. Some brands can contain artificial sweeteners and flavors, along with gmo ingredients. Organic companies, such as Stonyfield, obsess over everything they put into their products, and everything they keep out. By saying no to toxic persistent pesticides, artificial hormones, antibiotics and GMO’s, they’ve been saying yes to healthy organic food for more than 30 years. With many flavors, including the new Cafe Latte and Black Cherry, you gotta try this #StonyfieldGreek!
- Texture: Greek yogurt is thicker and creamier because it is strained more than regular yogurt. Also, when heated, Greek yogurt doesn’t curdle.
- Calories: They both have about the same calories. If you are watching caloric intake, be sure to choose non or zero fat varieties. Also, plain yogurts have less sugar, therefore have less calories.
- Sodium: Greek yogurt has half the sodium as regular yogurt.
- Protein: Greek yogurt has double the protein as regular yogurt. For those of you watching your intake, higher protein will make you feel more full for a longer period of time.
- Carbohydrates: Greek yogurt has less carbs, making it ideal for diabetic diets.
- Calcium: Even though Greek yogurt “beats” regular in the sodium, protein and carbohydrate areas, regular yogurt wins when it comes to calcium. A regular variety has three times the amount of calcium as the Greek variety. If you require a high calcium intake, it might be best to stick with normal yogurt.
- Cost: Unfortunately, Greek yogurt will be a little more expensive than regular yogurt. However, you have to remember that since it is strained a third time, it takes more milk to achieve the same amount of product. Also, the benefits of Greek yogurt are worth the small extra cost.
- Substitutions: Fortunately, all yogurts can be used for healthy substitutions. You can lower fat and add benefits by subbing for butter, sour cream, mayonaise, heavy cream, oil and buttermilk. A substitution chart can be found HERE.
Do you have a favorite style or flavor of yogurt? Do share!!