Greek yogurt is everywhere these days! Find out why it is so popular and if it really is healthier than its traditional counterpart.
Why is Greek yogurt so popular? Is it really healthier than regular yogurt?
Here’s how Greek yogurt stacks up compared to regular yogurt:
- Protein– Greek has more protein than regular yogurt- almost double the amount. The high protein content helps keep you feeling full longer. It’s a great option for breakfast to give you long-lasting energy throughout the morning. It can also be a good source of protein for vegetarians.
- Carbohydrates– Greek has less (roughly half) carbohydrates than regular yogurt because a lot of it is lost during the extensive straining process. This makes it a great option for anyone watching their carbs, including diabetics. But be careful because the carbs can add up if you add a lot of sweeteners to your yogurt.
- Fat– Greek actually has more saturated fat than traditional yogurt. Saturated fats in your diet should be limited because they raise cholesterol levels and increase your risk of heart disease. So, if you’re going Greek, choose the fat-free or low-fat varieties instead of full-fat. The good news is that the lower fat versions are so creamy and thick, you won’t miss it.
- Sodium– Greek has less sodium than traditional yogurt because a lot of it is lost in the straining process. This makes it a great option for anyone watching their sodium intake.
- Calcium– Greek yogurt has less calcium than regular yogurt because once again, some of it is lost through the straining process. Although Greek yogurt still contains a good amount of calcium, if you are worried about your calcium intake, make sure you get adequate amounts from other sources.
So what’s the final verdict?
With more protein combined with less sugar and sodium, Greek yogurt does have a nutritional edge over regular yogurt. But with this said, keep in mind that both types of yogurt are good for you and provide probiotics that are beneficial for digestive health- just make sure the label states that it contains live, active bacterial cultures.
How can you incorporate greek yogurt into your diet?
To get started, try some of my recipes that use Greek yogurt: