Once You Go Greek, You Never Go Back?

Posted: February 5, 2013 by jerkmagblog in CRISP -- health
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Going Greek has become the latest trend this year, and I don’t think many people will be going back to regular yogurt anytime soon. Not only is it exotic and trendy, it also seems to be the healthier option between the two types of yogurt out there. Greek yogurt has removed much of its lactose, liquid whey, and sugar –all while packing double the protein, cutting sugar in half, and containing the same amount of calories that regular yogurt has.

Not sure which side to take in this battle? Here are the nutrition facts of both Chobani yogurt and Yoplait yogurt.

Chobani: plain flavor

Calories: 140

Fat: 0 g

Protein: 23 g

Calcium: 30%

Sugar: 9 g

Yoplait: plain flavor

Calories: 170

Fat: 1.5 g

Protein: 5 g

Calcium: 20%

Sugar: 27 g

Here is a closer look at why Greek yogurt is nutritionally better for you.

Fat.

Well there is none. Nothing in the world is more appealing than food with no fat. Compared to the regular yogurt, which has 1.5 grams of fat, it is obvious why Greek would win.

Protein.

As shown in the nutritional facts, Greek yogurt contains five times the protein that regular yogurt contains. Protein helps promote fullness and repair muscles and is vital to your diet.

Calcium.

Greek yogurt contains 30% of your daily intake of calcium, whereas regular yogurt only contains 20%. Although there is not much of a difference, it still accounts for that extra 10% that your body needs everyday.

If you want to add some more healthy goodness into your Greek yogurt, add some fruit and granola to it. You can also use Greek yogurt as an alternative in baking recipes, substitute for sour cream, salad dressing (with added spices), and much more!

Happy eating!

-Chelsey Perry

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