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Greek vs. Regular: Which Yogurt Is Healthier?

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Five years ago almost no one was eating Greek yogurt. Now it accounts for 35% of all yogurt consumed in the U.S and comes in just about every flavor you can imagine!

So is this Greek yogurt trend a healthy one or just another fad?  Here’s everything you need to know.

What exactly is Greek yogurt?

Greek yogurt is regular plain yogurt that’s been strained to remove much of the liquid. It’s much thicker, creamier, and a bit tangier than regular yogurt – a lot like sour cream.

Greek Yogurt vs. Regular Yogurt

One is not healthier than the other, they just have slightly different nutritional profiles.

Nutrition Facts (per cup) Plain Nonfat Yogurt Nonfat Greek Yogurt
Calories 120 130
Protein 13 grams 22 grams
Calcium 30-40% Daily Value 15-25% Daily Value
Lactose (milk sugar) 10 grams 6 grams
Sodium 160 mg 90 mg

The Best Greek Yogurts

When shopping for Greek yogurt, look for simple & easy-to-undersatnd ingredients. The shorter the ingredient list, the better. Beware of additives for thickening and texture, since these are unnecessary and not present in real yogurt.

If you can, buy plain Greek and add your own fruit or sweetener, to minimize unnecessary sugar or additives. These are a few of my favorite Greek yogurt brands.

  • Stonyfield GreekWhy I like it: organic, milk comes from Organic Valley Cooperative farmers, flavored versions are lower in sugar than other leading brands.My favorite Greek yogurt brands
  • Wallaby Greek. Why I like it: organic, comes in 2% milk-fat and is deliciously creamy
  • Straus Family Creamery Greek. Why I like it: organic, comes from grass-fed cows, the full-fat version is to-die-for!

Watch out for FAKE Greek yogurt products

With the popularity of Greek yogurt, processed foods that claim to include Greek yogurt are popping up all over the place. This cereal is a great example of fake Greek yogurt pretending to be healthy. Remember – if it sounds/taste too good to be true, it is!

Fun Greek Yogurt Facts

  • In 2007 Greek yogurt accounted for just 1% of all yogurt sales in the U.S. Now it’s 35% and still growing.
  • The history of Greek yogurt is unclear, but it dates at least back to the 11th century!

Greek yogurt facts source: Packaged Facts Report & Wikipedia

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Aisling @ Sunny Side Up
    July 11, 2013 at 4:35 am

    Thanks Amelia… I had been wondering about that, great to find all the info in one place. I’m finding it hard to find low fat plain greek yog here in Dublin, they have full fat plain or l/f flavoured. I’m a fan of greek yog though, find it lovely and filling and it feels quite decadent to eat!

    • Reply
      Amelia
      July 11, 2013 at 2:51 pm

      I agree – real full fat Greek yogurt is such a treat!

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