How does greek yogurt compare to regular yogurt?

Marjorie Nolan Cohn
Nutrition & Dietetics
Yogurt comes from milk that has healthy bacteria added, which causes it to ferment. During this process the yogurt thickens, and takes on a tangy taste. Yogurt is then strained, which allows the liquid whey part of milk to drain off. Regular yogurt is strained twice, while Greek yogurt is strained three times to remove more whey protein. This produces a more thick consistency.
   
While all yogurt provides numerous health benefits (including probiotics), the nutritional value of Greek yogurt and regular yogurt differ.

Protein -- Greek yogurt has almost double the protein of regular yogurt. Eight ounces of Greek yogurt has about 20 grams of protein, whereas regular yogurt provides around 11-13 grams. Greek yogurt's high protein content makes it a favorite among people trying to manage their weight as it helps ward off hunger.

Carbohydrates -- Greek yogurt has fewer carbohydrates than regular yogurt. This could be beneficial to diabetics, who have to watch their carbohydrate intake.

Calcium -- Regular yogurt has about three times the calcium of Greek yogurt. Both are still considered good sources of calcium, but women who don't get enough calcium from other foods may want to stick to regular yogurt for its bone-building benefits.

Sodium -- Greek yogurt has half the sodium of regular yogurt.

Calories -- Plain, nonfat Greek and regular yogurt have a similar amount of calories per serving.

Texture -- Greek yogurt is much thicker and creamier than regular yogurt because it's strained more. Greek yogurt can also be used in cooking as it does not curdle when heated like regular yogurt.

Cost -- You'll likely spend twice the money on Greek yogurt. This is largely due to escalating customer demand, as Greek yogurt's taste, texture, and great nutritional profile keep consumers coming back in droves. Greek yogurt also costs more because the extra straining requires much more milk, so it's a more concentrated source of protein.
Many consumers prefer the creamy taste of Greek yogurt versus traditional yogurt. Greek yogurt has more of the whey (liquid) part of the milk removed so is more thick and creamy as well as contains a larger amount of protein per bite. Protein can increase the amount of fullness which helps prolong your feeling of fullness. 

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Kate Geagan
Nutrition & Dietetics

With three times as much milk and twice the protein as regular yogurt, Greek yogurt is a nutritional powerhouse, but that's not all, says nutritionist Kate Geagan. Watch the video for another reason to go Greek.


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