Greek yogurt is one of the latest health food crazes – but is it really better for you than any other type of yogurt? And are all types of Greek yogurt created equal? Read on to learn more about this health food breakfast and power snack.
What Is Greek Yogurt?
Before we get into the details, let’s talk about what makes Greek yogurt, well, Greek.
It turns out that not all yogurts made in Greece are what we might call Greek yogurt… and it turns out that Greece doesn’t have a monopoly on “Greek” yogurt (it’s a traditional food throughout the Mediterranean and as far east as South Asia).
Essentially, Greek yogurt is a cultured dairy product that has been strained, giving it a thicker consistency. The straining also reduces the sugar, fat, and carbohydrate content.
The Benefits of Greek Yogurt
WebMD calls Greek yogurt one of the “six best foods you’re not eating.” Why? It contains tons of vitamins and minerals that your body needs, like vitamin B6, vitamin B12, zinc, potassium, and calcium.
The probiotic content of Greek yogurt also helps improve digestive function (and is especially useful for people who are experiencing antibiotic-related diarrhea, gas, and cramping).
Greek yogurt is also an excellent source of protein. According to Bonnie Taub-Dix, R.D., a dietician who discussed Greek yogurt with sheknows.com, Greek yogurt has two times the protein of non-strained (regular) yogurt, and as much protein as a three-ounce serving of chicken.
Another bonus: the thick, creamy consistency of even non-fat Greek yogurt can make you feel full and satiated. Since a cup of Greek yogurt is filling, you’ll be less likely to reach for unhealthy snacks later on.
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