The Buzz on Greek-Style Yogurt
Friday, July 3, 2009
LifeTime WeightLoss in Nutrition, Tom Nikkola, dairy

Written by Tom Nikkola - Director of Nutrition & Weight Management

Greek-style yogurt might be one of the products at the grocery store gaining popularity the fastest. While Greek-style yogurt is not new, it is becoming much more popular in the United States.

Greek-style yogurt is thicker and creamier than regular yogurt. This is because some of the whey, which is the more watery part of yogurt, is removed through straining, leaving more of the milk solids. As the whey is removed, some of the lactose is removed as well. What's left is a yogurt with twice the protein of regular yogurt. Full-fat Greek-style yogurt is very much full-fat. It can be as high as 23 grams of fat per serving. As long as you are not adding a lot of extra sugars to it, don't let that dissuade you from using the higher-fat version. You'll likely feel far more satisfied than when opting for low-fat versions.  

Another bonus for Greek-Style yogurt is that it is usually 100% natural. It can be used in place of sour cream, dips or mayonnaise in recipes. The yogurt usually comes in a plain flavor. Fruit-flavors often have fruit with added sugar, so it's use the plain yogurt and add your own fresh fruit, coconut flakes of cacao nibs for some extra flavor or crunch. Just don't be misled by the high-sugar fruit-flavored options. While there are a variety of yogurt brands, the most popular seems to be Fage (pronounced FAH-YEH). If you have a hard time getting enough protein in with breakfast, Greek-style yogurt might be just the answer.

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