Greek vs Regular Yogurt

 

greek vs regular yogurt

Ever wonder what the difference is between regular yogurt and Greek yogurt?  What’s all the hype about with Greek yogurt these days?  Is it really healthier than regular?  Can I trust the advertisements?  Should I really spend more on Greek, just because the magazines say to?  

Almost 28% of Americans eat yogurt every day, so you are definitely not the only one asking these questions. I’m here to tell you the truth about yogurt. 

You can learn about how the different yogurts are made, the nutritional facts, and why Greek yogurt is more expensive.  Look no further than this article to find out everything you ever wanted to know about the difference in the two types of yogurt.  You’ll learn a lot AND be able to tell your friends and family all about these facts.

Are you ready to look like a genius and nutritionist?  Here are the facts… 

How Is Yogurt Made? 

We all know that yogurt comes from milk.  A healthy bacteria is added to the milk, which causes it to ferment over some time.  This is why yogurt labels often read “active cultures”.  During the fermenting process the yogurt thickens. 

It is then strained through cheesecloth to allow liquid to drain out.  This liquid is the whey part of the milk.  This straining process takes place 2 times for regular yogurt, but 3 times for Greek yogurt. 

Because Greek yogurt is strained more, it has a thicker and creamier consistency.  Since a large part of the liquid is strained out, Greek yogurt does not curdle like regular yogurt would when heated.  That is really the only difference between how the 2 types of yogurt are made. 

Nutrition Differences

Protein – Greek has almost double the amount of regular yogurt.  In 8 ounces of Greek yogurt there is about 20 grams of protein, while there is about 11-13 grams in regular yogurt.

Carbohydrates – Regular yogurt has more carbohydrates than Greek yogurt.

Calcium – Regular yogurt has about 3 times the amount of calcium that Greek yogurt has.

Sodium – Regular yogurt has twice as much sodium as Greek yogurt.

Calories – The amount of calories in each type of yogurt is about the same when comparing plain, nonfat versions 

All About The Money

Of course, since you are paying for the nutrients and increased straining, Greek yogurt will cost about twice as much as regular yogurt.  Another reason for the higher price is the demand of people wanting Greek yogurt.

 

So now you know the real story behind the 2 different types of yogurt. With this information, I'll let you decide which one is the better choice. Are you looking for more calcium (regular), or are you looking for more protein, less carbs, and less sodium (Greek)? It depends on your goals.

 

 

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