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Benefits Of Greek Yogurt

Published 5/16/13

What Is Greek Yogurt?

Greek yogurt is a style of yogurt that has been strained using cloth in order to remove the whey, which is the liquid that is produced after milk has been through curdling or straining process, from the mixture. After the whey has been removed the result is a product with a consistency somewhere between regular yogurt and cheese. Essentially, Greek yogurt is a thicker style of yogurt when compared to regular yogurt.

Greek Yogurt Nutrition

One serving of Greek yogurt, about 150 grams or 2/3’s of a cup worth, contains 130 calories, 8-grams of fat (5-grams of saturated fat), 20-milligrams of cholesterol, 70-milligrams of sodium, 5-grams of carbohydrates, 5-grams of sugar, and 11-grams of protein. Greek yogurt does contain some vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A and calcium, but it is not a significant provider of either.

Greek Yogurt Benefits

Greek yogurt can contain as much as two times the amount of protein compared to regular yogurt. Every cell in the body truly benefits from protein. Protein is used to rebuild tissues, it makes up hair and nails, it is used to help produce enzymes and hormones, and it is vital to health of bones, muscles, skin, and blood. Just as important as what Greek yogurt DOES contain is what it DOES NOT contain. Compared to regular yogurt, Greek yogurt has half the amount of sodium and half the amount of carbohydrates. The lowered level of carbohydrates means that Greek yogurt also contains less lactose, which is the type of sugar found in dairy products that many people have a hard time digesting.

Greek Yogurt Vs. Regular Yogurt

Before comparing Greek yogurt versus regular yogurt it is important to know that either form of yogurt can be a very health element as part of any diet. Both provide high amounts of protein and live bacterial cultures while being low in calories. But when it comes to nutritional value there is a clear winner. A single serving of regular yogurt contains roughly 9-grams of protein while Greek yogurt can contain as much as 20-grams. Greek yogurt also wins in the carbohydrate category as it contains half the grams of carbohydrates (8-grams) compared to regular yogurt (17-grams). One serving of Greek yogurt also contains less than half the amount of sodium (50-milligrams) that regular yogurt contains (120-milligrams). The two areas that regular yogurt tends to beat Greek yogurt is fat content and flavor/texture. Greek yogurt is packed with saturated fat, up to 16-grams, while regular yogurt contains roughly 5-grams. Regular yogurt also tends to have a preferable flavor and texture compared to Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt has a much thicker consistency and has more of a bitter taste rather than a semi-sweet taste.

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