Which is Better for Your Health – Greek Yogurt or Regular?
Can Yogurt Help Make You Healthy?
Yogurt is often thought of as a “good for you food.” But if you ask most people why, they usually won’t have an answer. Many of us aren’t quite sure what is so good about yogurt. And distinguishing good yogurts from those that are really more like candy isn’t always easy to do.
Here are a few facts to help you navigate your way to the healthiest choices in the yogurt case at your local supermarket.
Why Yogurt is Good for You
You’ve probably already heard that yogurt can be a good source of calcium. In fact, you get more calcium from yogurt than you do from an equal amount of milk. One serving of yogurt contains up to one-third of the recommended daily dose of calcium for adults. But yogurt has more than just calcium. It contains protein, vitamins and other essential minerals. Yogurt also contains Bifidus bacteria, an enzyme that aids in digestion. Because it is easier to digest than milk, yogurt can be a good way for those who are lactose intolerant and can’t drink milk to pump up their protein and calcium.
An Italian study that looked at the benefits of yogurt showed that Italians who ate yogurt at least once a day had a significantly lower rate of colorectal cancer than those who eat none.
The buzz surrounding Greek yogurt has been growing in recent years. That is because in a variety of ways, it is better for you than traditional yogurt.
- It contains lowers amounts of sodium and sugar.
- It has an average 8 grams of carbohydrates – substantially less than the average of 17 grams in regular yogurt.
- With a typical container boasting 20 grams of protein, it is higher than the 14 grams found in regular yogurt.
The one important thing to note in the Greek yogurt versus regular yogurt debate is in the amount of calcium each contains. Because Greek yogurt is strained to eliminate whey, it loses some of its calcium. As a result, regular yogurt has an average of three times more calcium than Greek yogurt.
The Bottom Line on Yogurt
So how do you ultimately decide which yogurt you should buy? Carefully read the labels. Some are loaded with sugar, carbs and sodium. Many contain a variety of additives and preservatives. Choose one that is lower in sugar and sodium and doesn’t contain artificial sweeteners, gelatins, preservatives, whey or cornstarch.