Most of us have likely tried the creamy smooth texture of Greek yogurt and wondered hey is this better for me than the regular yogurt I’ve been eating for years? Greek yogurt’s popularity has been on the rise over the last little while and you may wonder what all this fuss is about. My big question was is one more nutritious than the other?
From a production perspective, all yogurt comes from milk that has had healthy bacteria added, causing it to ferment. Yogurt is then strained through a cheesecloth, which allows the liquid whey part of milk to drain off. Regular yogurt is strained twice, while Greek yogurt is strained three times to remove more whey.
While all yogurt provides numerous health benefits the nutritional stats for Greek yogurt and regular yogurt do differ. Here’s how the two stack up:
Protein – Greek yogurt has almost double the protein of regular yogurt. Eight ounces of Greek yogurt has about 20 grams of protein, whereas regular yogurt provides around 11-13 grams.
Carbohydrates – Greek yogurt has fewer carbohydrates than regular yogurt. This could be beneficial to diabetics, who have to watch their carbohydrate intake.
Calcium – Regular yogurt has about three times the calcium of Greek yogurt. Both are still considered good sources of calcium, but women who don’t get enough calcium from other foods may want to stick to regular yogurt for its bone-building benefits.
Texture – Greek yogurt is much thicker and creamier than regular yogurt because it’s strained more. Greek yogurt can also be used in cooking as it does not curdle when heated like regular yogurt
As both are a nutritious snack especially topped with granola and fruit – choose one which best suits your taste buds and your nutritional needs.
Kristin Harris is a registered dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador.