Both Greek yogurt and regular yogurt are part of a healthful diet. They’re low in calories and packed with calcium and live bacterial cultures.
More and more people are passing up regular yogurt for Greek yogurt, and there are very good reasons for doing so.
According to Nielsen, a global marketing and advertising research company, in the past five years, Greek yogurt sales nationwide have skyrocketed, likely because it satisfies consumers’ needs for health, convenience, and taste.
Greek yogurt has a tangier and less sweet, as well as creamier taste. Consumers say Greek yogurt tastes better than its conventional counterparts.
Greek yogurt is strained extensively to remove much of the liquid whey, lactose, and sugar, giving it its thick consistency and a creamier texture.
Compare the contents of Greek yogurt and regular yogurt.
Both Greek and regular yogurt have roughly the same amount of calories. However, Greek yogurt doubles the protein, while cutting sugar content by half. In other words, Greek yogurt has more protein, and half the sugar of regular yogurt.
Greek yogurt is high in protein, which helps promote fullness. A typical 6-ounce serving contains 15 to 20 grams, the amount in 2 to 3 ounces of lean meat. Regular yogurt provides only 9 grams of protein. This means you may feel hunger pangs sooner after eating regular yogurt but not after eating Greek yogurt.
Greek yogurt is a smart choice for low-carb dieters. It contains roughly half the carbs as the regular kind. Greek yogurt has only 5 to 8 grams per serving compared with 13 to 17 grams in regular yogurts.
Fat is the only downfall of Greek yogurt. Its fat content has 17 grams of saturated fat. That’s 80 percent of your total daily allowance which is more than in three Snickers bars. Regular full-fat yogurt has only 5 grams of saturated fat. If you’re choosing Greek yogurt, stick to low-fat and fat-free Greek yogurt.
A serving of Greek yogurt averages 50 milligrams of sodium. This is about half the amount in most brands of regular yogurt.
Greek yogurt does lose some of its calcium through the straining process, but still supplies about 20 percent of the daily recommendation. Regular yogurt provides 30 percent of the federal government’s recommended daily amount.
It you choose Greek yogurt, here are some added benefits:
- Mix Greek yogurt with seasonings like garlic, dill, and parsley to create a unique dip for carrots, celery sticks, or cucumber slices.
- Toss in some berries or high-fiber granola in Greek yogurt.
- Substitute Greek yogurt for sour cream on tacos.
- Use Greek yogurt instead of eggs and oil in baked goods.
- Greek yogurt is a great replacement for fatty ingredients like cream cheese, mayonnaise, and butter.
- Greek yogurt is so thick, it can be used in place of mayonnaise on sandwiches.
- Because of the thick texture of Greek yogurt, it can be used in dishes like potato salad, egg salad, pasta salad and coleslaw.
If you haven’t tried Greek yogurt, try it soon and make your own assessment. Don’t be surprised if you have to wait for others to move out of your way to get to the Greek yogurt in the supermarket.