September 10, 2013

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I became curious as to what truly was the difference between regular yogurt and Greek yogurt.  Here is what I found:

When Greek yogurt is being made, it has one extra step than regular yogurt -- it is strained and filtered to remove the whey.  That is why it is thicker and creamier and doesn't have that runny liquid that you can find on top of the regular yogurt.  True Greek yogurt is also made from sheep or goat's  milk rather than milk from a cow which explains the differences in taste.

As I mentioned in a previous post, Greek yogurt does have more protein.  However, regular yogurt has more calcium and less fat and calories unless you consume low milk fat or no fat Greek yogurt.  Another benefit to Greek yogurt is that it has less sugar (that is why it has more of a tart flavor) and carbohydrates than the regular version.

The bottom line is that Greek yogurt may be the better choice for those you who exercise or are trying to cut down on your sugar; regular yogurt may be the one for you if you want to add more calcium to your diet and are concerned about fat and calories.

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