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Should you eat it? Greek Yogurt

March 28th, 2010 | no comments

Yes!  Greek yogurt is the “new guy” in the dairy aisle, although it really isn’t new.  You will find it right along side the more traditional Dannon yogurt.  Because it is strained, it has more protein than traditional yogurt and is much thicker and creamier in texture.  Greek yogurt has very little (if any) fat when you choose the 0% or 2%  fat varieties.  It tastes almost sinful!  Be careful because some brands, like “Fage Total Authentic Greek Yogurt”, can have as many as 23 grams of fat per 8 ounces.  Just be sure you are looking for the 0% or 2% fat varieties.

The higher protein content of Greek yogurt helps to keep you full longer, making it a practical food to eat if you are trying to watch your weight.  Check out the nutrition facts of Greek yogurt as compared to Dannon yogurt:

Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt, Vanilla:  5.3 oz container

Calories:  110; Fat:  0 grams; Total Carbohydrates:  12 grams; Sugars:  11 grams; Protein:  15 grams; Calcium:  20%

Dannon Fruit on the Bottom Strawberry Yogurt:  6 oz container

Calories:  140; Fat:  1.5 grams (1.0 grams saturated fat); Total Carbohydrates:  27 grams; Sugars:  25 grams; Protein:  6 grams; Calcium:  20%

There are 3 major brands of Greek yogurt in the grocery stores today:

  • Oikos (made by Stonyfield)
  • Fage
  • Chobani

Although Greek yogurt is a little more costly than regular yogurt, you are getting a better “nutritional” buy for your money!

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