Have you joined the craze? Going Greek is in! With its great taste and creamy texture, more and more consumers are tossing aside their regular yogurt and stocking their kitchens with the Greek variety. But is it really that much healthier than the regular stuff?
Both options, Greek and regular yogurt, can be part of a healthy diet. They are low in calories and packed with protein. Yogurt can help you lose weight; both types keep you full on fewer calories. However, the Mediterranean kind does have a leg up. With less sugar content and double the protein, Greek yogurt meets the need of consumers’ health, convenience and taste.
Still undecided? Here’s a nutritional breakdown of the two:
- Protein: Greek yogurt is very high in protein, promoting fullness. A typical serving contains 15-20 grams, the same amount in 2-3 ounces of lean meat. Regular yogurt contains 9 grams and can make you hungry sooner.
- Carbohydrates: Both kinds of yogurt have high amounts of carbohydrates if they contain sugar or any type of sweetening. But if you choose a sugarless option, Greek is the way to go—it contains almost half the carbohydrates compared to the regular kind.
- Fat: In only 7 ounces, Greek yogurt packs 16 grams of saturated fat, 80% of your daily allowance in a 2,000 calorie diet. If you’re Team Greek, stick to low-fat and fat-free versions. If you’re Team Regular, 5 grams of fat come in an 8-ounce container.
- Sodium: Greek yogurt has about half the amount of sodium than the regular kind. Though, there are low-sodium versions of regular yogurt available. Too much salt can increase the risk of heart problems.
- Calcium: Regular yogurt takes the win in this department providing 30% of the recommended daily amount. Greek yogurt loses some of its calcium through the straining process, but still provides 20% of the daily recommendation.
Whichever yogurt you choose, stick to the plain, non-fat or low-fat varieties. Both are great for a healthy diet. So which team are you on? Greek or regular?