Eating Well With Kim: Choosing Between Greek Yogurt, Plain Yogurt and Flavored Yogurt

By: Kim Beavers
By: Kim Beavers

Greek yogurt has become very popular over the last few years, now it's taking up half the yogurt space in the grocery store.

Traditionally Greek yogurt is made by straining ordinary yogurt. The liquid whey is removed and the more concentrated solids are left behind, giving even the fat free varieties a creamy texture.

  • Plain non-fat Greek yogurt is a great addition to the diet providing a healthy dose of protein and calcium.

  • Plain regular yogurt is also a great dairy choice.

  • Regular yogurt typically has less protein yet more calcium than Greek.

Either yogurt is a great option. Choose the one that is right for you based on your desire for more protein or more calcium!

The best way to eat yogurt is “straight-up” with out added sugars. There are natural sugars in both regular and Greek yogurt.

Regular yogurt contains ~12g naturally occurring sugar and Greek has ~5-8g naturally occurring milk sugar. Many flavored yogurts have ~12-16 additional grams of added sugar (3-4 teaspoons).

However many people do like to add a touch of sweetness to their yogurt. For added flavor or sweetness try adding your own fruit or sugar (just in smaller amounts).

In addition, you can look for the lowest sugar yogurts on the market.

One that I found recently is Siggs strained yogurt offers lower calorie flavored options to try with only one and a half teaspoon of added sugar

For additional information on yogurt, check out this article from WebMD.

Until next time: Eat Well, Live Well.


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