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I’ve been going on and on lately about my new favorite dairy snack…greek yogurt!  Specifically, Stonyfield Organic’s Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt.  I love the kind with honey on the bottom.  Sometimes I’ll buy it plain and add honey myself, or granola and fresh berries.  Any way you fix it up, its delicious.  I’m always praising it’s thick, creamy texture and saying how much better it is than the regular ‘ole yogurt I used to eat.  With that, I keep getting the same question – which until recently I had no answer – “how’s it different from regular yogurt”.  I made it my business to find out.

Here’s the scoop…greek yogurt goes through a process where whey is removed from it by straining through a cloth or paper bag (traditionally made out of muslin).  The yogurt is left with a consistency somewhere between that of yogurt and cheese.  In addition to its smooth, creamy texture and distinctive taste,  greek yogurt offers many health benefits over that of regular yogurt:

  • twice as much protein as regular yogurt, helping to keep you feeling full and satisfied
  • as much as 50% less sodium than regular yogurt
  • less lactose, making it easier on the stomach
  • lower carbs and less sugar

Yogurt offers other great benefits such as intestinal and vaginal health, enhances immunity, lowers blood pressure and has anticancer and weight-loss effects.

Regular yogurt does have a couple of advantages over greek yogurt.  It may have 2 to 3 times more calcium since some calcium is removed from greek yogurt during its straining process.  Greek yogurt is also higher in fat and calories than regular yogurt, however non-fat greek yogurt is available and still tastes great.

If you haven’t tried greek yogurt yet, you definitely should.  If you love it as much as I do, share how you like to fix it up to enjoy it.

References:

“Benefits of Greek Yogurt”. Live Strong. 9/2/10 <http://www.livestrong.com/article/86488-benefits-greek-yogurt/&gt;.

“What Are the Health Benefits of Greek Yogurt…”. 9/2/10 <http://healthmad.com/nutrition/what-are-the-health-benefits-of-greek-yogurt-vs-regular-yogurt/&gt;.

“World’s Healthiest Foods: Yogurt (Greece)”. 9/2/10 <http://eating.health.com/2008/02/01/worlds-healthiest-foods-yogurt-greece/&gt;.

“Strained Yoghurt”. 9/2/10 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strained_yoghurt&gt;.

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