Are we all about to hop on another health-food bandwagon?
To begin with, let's get one thing straight: both Greek and regular yogurts, in their plain non-fat (or low-fat) forms can be a great addition to any healthy balanced diet. Both are undoubtedly low in calories and have tons of calcium and live bacterial cultures. However...at the end of the day, Greek yogurt reins victorious.
Here are a few important nutritional comparisons between Greek and regular yogurts:
Protein: A typical 6-ounce serving of Greek yogurt packs a whopping 15 to 20 grams of protein, compared to a measly 9 grams in regular yogurt. This doesn't even compare. This fact could be especially appealing to vegetarians who need to find alternate sources of protein, instead of beef, poultry or fish. The added protein also makes you feel fuller, helping prevent overeating.
Carbohydrates: Having a diabetic mother who counts carbs, I know that you are constantly looking at the nutritional facts to see where you are at. In comparison to regular yogurt, Greek yogurt has almost half the amount of carbohydrates. Keep in mind though, if there is added flavoring or sugar, you will in return have added carbohydrates.
Fat: This is where we all need to be wary. Full-fat Greek yogurt can have 16 grams of saturated fat. If you were on a 2,000 calories daily diet, this would count for over 60% of your daily intake of saturated fat. If you choose to go the Greek route, be sure to get the nonfat or low-fat option.
Sodium: A serving of Greek yogurt has about only half the amount of sodium as regular yogurt. Too much sodium can increase blood pressure and the risk of other heart problems.
Calcium: Regular yogurt will provide you with about 30% of your daily intake of calcium while Greek yogurt will only bring in about 20%. As said before, Greek yogurt goes through a strenuous straining process which results in the loss of some calcium.
What I love most about Greek yogurt is its versatility. Mix it with herbs for a great vegetable dip. Or throw in fresh fruit, granola and agave nectar for the perfect breakfast to start your day.
While facts add up in Greek yogurt's favor, it is undeniable that both yogurts, if consumed properly, can help keep you full on fewer calories and can help you lose weight. The key? Stick with the nonfat or low-fat versions.