Why Greek Yogurt?
Greek yogurt is enjoying a surge of popularity with American consumers. A trip to your local grocery store's dairy section will show you a large array of choices beyond the usual yogurt products. Have you tried greek yogurt yet? The taste and texture are very different from regular yogurt. Whether eaten by itself or used in a recipe, it has a definite edge over many other dairy products.
As compared to regular yogurt, it offers double the protein and half the sugar. Nutritionally speaking, the low-fat and non-fat versions are the best choice. Greek yogurt is strained, removing much of the liquid whey, lactose, and sugar. A six ounce serving can supply up to 20 grams of protein, which is equal to the protein in 2-3 ozs. of lean meat (in comparison, regular yogurt normally provides just 9 grams of protein per serving). This makes it an excellent source of protein for vegetarians.
Greek yogurt has many other health benefits when compared to regular yogurt. With lower carbohydrates, it can be easier to digest. Most greek yogurts also have a lower sodium content than regular yogurt.