Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Yogurt - Greek or Not

 

I found these questions and answers on a site for Grand Parents.  I love my yogurt and eat it daily so I thought I would share with those of you who love it too and maybe a few that don't but will after reading this.


Is Greek Better Than Regular?

First off, Greek yogurt and regular yogurt have the same ingredients—milk and cultures. The difference is how the yogurt is made, explains registered dietitian Danielle Omar, M.S., R.D. Greek yogurt is strained, which removes the excess liquid and is responsible for its thick and creamy consistency.

In terms of which is better for you, Greek is the definite winner. Greek yogurt can contain up to twice the protein and half the sugar of regular yogurt, because the technique of straining the yogurt removes the excess sugar and concentrates the protein. A typical 6-ounce serving of Greek yogurt contains between 15-20 grams of protein, the same amount in 2 to 3 ounces of lean meat. (Regular yogurt has about 9 grams). Protein helps keep you fuller longer and may keep blood sugar levels from spiking if you have diabetes, says Taub-Dix. The CDC recommends that 10-35% of your daily calories come from protein. Women should get about 46 grams of protein a day.
 

Is Yogurt with Added Fruit Healthier?

It might sound healthy, but beware: many times the “fruit” added to yogurt is not real fruit, but instead, fruit-juice concentrates or artificial flavorings. “If it’s not real fruit, it may say something like ‘blueberry flavor’ or ‘natural flavor,’” says Omar. Read the label and steer clear of artificial coloring, flavoring or other additives. Your healthiest option if you want fruit and all the nutritional benefits fruit has to offer like cancer-fighting antioxidants and vitamins, buy plain unflavored yogurt and add your own fresh or frozen berries or other favorite fruit, advises Taub-Dix.
 
Does Yogurt Really Help with Digestion?
 
Can Eating Yogurt Help You Lose Weight?
 
Is Yogurt Filled with Sugar?
 
Find the answers to these questions by going to Grand Parents.com
 
 
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