Tuesday, May 18, 2010

What's the Scoop on Greek Yogurt?

Today I'm learning about Greek Yogurt. What's the deal? Is it really better for you? From what I'm gathering, yes - it actually is. Here's what I learned from the Google.

New York-based dietitian Heather Bauer likes Greek yogurt for its lower sugar and higher protein content, which, among other things, makes you feel fuller. On her website, Bauer lists other benefits and also provides some additions and variations to make it into a sweet or savory snack or meal. Of course, regular nonfat yogurt is a good nutritional choice, too, so pick whichever floats your boat. Low-fat options are OK, but watch out for the full-fat versions of both regular and Greek yogurt, which can be heavy in saturated fat. This is coming from this article.

and some more info here:
Greek yogurt is a great source of protein with almost twenty grams on average per eight ounce serving. Compare this to the typical nine to 13 grams seen in most standard yogurts. More protein makes it easier to resist the office doughnuts since protein makes a person feel fuller and more satisfied. Despite its high protein content, Greek yogurt is lower in carbohydrates than most standard commercial yogurts making it a good choice for keeping blood sugar levels under control. The fat-free version is also low in calories, with only 120 calories per eight ounce serving. Other health benefits of Greek yogurt include lower sodium content than standard yogurt – usually almost half as much as in most non-Greek brands.

All that being said, I think I found a keeper. My kids DEVOURED this. Me too. It has 0 grams of fat, 100 calories, and 10 grams of protein. I don't think that's too terribly bad. This is from Brown Cow. It has nothing in it that sounds funky artificial. It's just made out of stuff from the Earth. 13 grams of sugar. We eat fakey stuff all the time, but something about it doesn't feel quite right. I suppose that's a topic for another day. But for today, I'm feeling like this stuff is not only NOT bad for you, it might actually be good for you. And tasty. So try it.

1 comment:

  1. I think Greek yogurt is more mellow in flavor than its counterpart. And even the nonfat variety tastes rich. We like the nonfat plain greek yogurt from Fage. Its kind of expensive, but my extremely-picky-will-not-eat-any-protein-boy actually likes it with a tsp of honey stirred into it and that, to me, is worth about a million bucks!