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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Going Greek? The truth about Greek yogurt!

Are you going Greek? Many consumers are choosing Greek yogurt because of the increased protein, but does this necessarily mean that it is a healthier option? Non-Greek, conventional yogurt contains lots of health benefits because it is rich in calcium, phosphorus, B12, B6, riboflavin and low in fat. Unfortunately, it is often times rich in added sugars. Beyond the nutrients, yogurt contains live and active cultures that has been shown to promote good gut health and immunity. These cultures are called Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus (say that five times fast!). They form during the Fermentation process.
Conventional yogurt typically contains about 8 grams of protein per 6 oz where Greek yogurt can pack up to 13 grams of protein per 6 oz. How do they pack in so much protein? Greek yogurt goes through a straining process that removes water and most of the liquid whey. Removing the liquid whey also removes calcium. This makes the yogurt thicker packing in more protein and less sugar. When you open your Greek yogurt you may have some separated liquid, this is whey, so stir it in, do not drain it out!
Adding conventional or Greek yogurt to your diet is a healthy option. Some research has linked low-fat dairy consumption to slimmer waist lines! The current recommendations for dairy is three low-fat/nonfat servings per day.
Plain Greek Yogurt vs. Plain Conventional Yogurt!

So, is Greek yogurt really all it's cracked up to be? YES! The key is sticking to low sugar, nonfat, low calorie versions. Healthy ways to naturally sweeten plain Greek and plain non-Greek yogurt

Yogurt can find a place for Greek yogurt at breakfast, lunch, and supper! Check out my Low Fat Chicken Salad recipe.  Want to see how your favorite Greek yogurt grades? Check out Fooducate.

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