To Greek or not to Greek…. Yogurt that is!

If you’re looking for a good source of protein, Greek yogurt wins out over regular yogurt. It is strained extensively to remove much of the liquid whey, lactose, and sugar, giving it its thick consistency. Most commercial Greek yogurts at supermarkets have almost double the protein content of standard brands such as Dannon. One cup of plain, low-fat convention yogurt has between ten and twelve protein grams, whereas most Greek yogurts average around twenty, the amount in 2 to 3 ounces of lean meat. (Great for Vegetarians!)

Lower in carbohydrates.
For the carb watcher, Greek yogurt is the better choice. Whereas standard yogurts have fifteen to seventeen grams of carbs, Greek yogurt averages around nine with some brands having even less. Greek yogurt is also a better choice for those with diabetes for obvious reasons.

Sodium
Greek often contains as much as fifty percent less sodium than standard yogurts!, Wow!

Disadvantages of Greek Yogurt?
Standard yogurt has two to three times the bone building calcium of Greek yogurt, but the Greek still packs a wallop. A 6-ounce cup typically supplies about 20 percent of the daily recommendation. If you’re still worried about calcium intake, you can load up on milk (if so inclined as many are dubious on diary in their diets), seeds, and almonds,.

Both types of yogurt can be used as lower-calorie substitutes for fatty ingredients. Swap out eggs and oil in baked goods for Greek yogurt, or use either yogurt type in place of full-fat sour cream, heavy cream, mayonnaise, or cream cheese in recipes. Both types can also be used in place of other high-calorie ingredients in dips, sauces, salad dressings, smoothies, and desserts.

Go enjoy some health now!

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