Greek Yogurt vs Normal Yogurt - Key points
- About twice the protein
- Less lactose
- Fewer carbs
So, if you're looking for something tastefull and healthy, want a new way to add creamy flavor to your daily cooking, or you're looking for a new kind of diet, you may just want to go Greek Yogurt.
True Greek yogurt traditionally includes some expensive equipment and process of straining a bit part of the water inside, so the final product has a greater concentration in protein than the normal yogurt.
There is no legal patent for the name "Greek" yogurt so multiple companies have found cheaper ways to produce yogurts with similar texture and taste and still get away with calling it Greek, or Greek-style yogurts. They follow a much cheaper way by adding milk protein concentrates (MPCs), whey protein concentrates (WPCs) as protein-enhancing fillers and thickeners like gelatin or modified cornstarch to traditional yogurt.
The benefits of Greek Yogurt (low or non-fat) are easily identified by comparing a regular yogurt to a Greek Yogurt and checking the nutrition sticker or label. Most of the regular yogurts contain 5 grams of protein per 6-ounce serving, while the Greek Yogurt contains up to 20 grams, depending on the brand. Another good aspect of Greek Yogurt is that it has about 1/3 of the carbohydrate of any regular yogurt -- and since lactose is a source of carbohydrate, many people find Greek Yogurt better in digestion than regular yogurt because of the lower carbohydrate and lactose concentration.
Finally Greek Yogurt is available now in many regular grocery stores and markets; inside the dairy section. You'll probably see a wide varietiy being sold. Don't be afraid, they all are good options -- just make sure you pick a low or non-fat Greek Yogurt Variety.
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