Today we’re talking about Greek yogurt.
Why all the hype?
Is it really as good as “they” say?
What are the health benefits?
What is so special about Greek yogurt?
In order to better understand this I’m going to take you through a Cliff’s Notes version on how yogurt is made. Both traditional and Greek yogurt are considered cultured dairy products. Cultured dairy products undergo a fermentation process that converts the lactose (sugar that is naturally found in milk) to lactic acid using specific bacteria known as starter cultures. The bacteria used in both traditional and Greek yogurt is the same. Actually, both types of yogurt contain the same initial ingredients (Milk and the starter cultures Streptococcus thermophilus, and Lactobacillus bulgaricus).
What makes them look and taste so different?
Well let me tell you my friends! As with all food, the way it is prepared can alter the chemical make-up, thus, adding of additional nutrients or the taking away of some.
Traditional yogurt can be made by heating milk and adding in the starter cultures. It is left to ferment until it reaches a pH of about 4.5. The final consistency is smooth and creamy, but can vary in thickness.
When you eliminate the whey and liquids from traditional yogurt, by straining it through cloth bags, you are left with a yogurt that is a lot thicker and tangier – Greek yogurt! However, because you are essentially removing volume from the beginning product Greek yogurt requires a lot more milk in order to achieve the same end amount as with your traditional style yogurts. More milk means more protein. Removing the whey means less carbs and less sugar.
So, why all the hype? Is Greek yogurt really the better alternative?
Simply put: Yes, because all the hype is true!
Greek yogurt has TWICE as much protein. Protein is vital to building muscle and repairing tissue.
Greek yogurt has 50% less sodium! Those of you struggling to lower your blood pressure, Greek yogurt is a fantastic cooking substitute for mayo, sour cream, dressings…
Greek yogurt has less carbs. If you’re counting your macros this yogurt is for you.
Greek yogurt has less sugar! Less sugar means less lactose*. Less lactose means it’s easier to digest. *Greek yogurt is not considered Lactose Free.
In closing Greek yogurt has so many benefits and is a very versatile food staple. Check out our Facebook and Instagram pages for some recipes using Greek yogurt.
Stay healthy and make good choices!
Here are the links to the articles I used if you’d like more info on the benefits of Greek Yogurt.