Even foods have trends. If there’s one trend that is all the rage right now, it would have to be Greek yogurt. As a matter of fact, it has become so popular that aside from seeing Jamie Lee Curtis talk about Activia, you’d be hard-pressed to see a yogurt commercial that doesn’t mention its “Greek option” in it.
So, with all of the hype surrounding it, it’s definitely fair to ask: Is there a real difference between Greek yogurt and the “regular kind”? Or is it just a marketing ploy that many of us are falling for hook, line and sinker?
Let’s do a bit of research and find out, shall we?
Benefits of Greek Yogurt
OK, let’s start with the benefits of Greek yogurt first. If you have been wondering why the consistency seems to be different than regular yogurt, it’s because there is less water in it, which makes it thicker and a lot of people like it that way. Aside from that, Greek yogurt also has less calories and more protein than regular yogurt. Another great thing about “going Greek” is that while virtually all yogurts have some kind of sweetener in them, Greek brands like Chobani tend to have far less than the regular ones. That’s because the fruit that’s in them is real and even the honey flavor tends to use real honey (rather than loads of sugar) as its main flavor ingredient. Two other huge bonuses for Greek yogurt are that it has about 50 percent less sodium and it’s easier for the body to digest. That’s because it has less lactose and that’s one of the things that can sometimes be unsettling on people’s stomachs.
Benefits of Regular Yogurt
If after reading all of that, you’re tempted to throw out your regular yogurt coupons, don’t do it just yet. There are still some ways that regular yogurt excels over the current trend. For one thing, there are some brands (like Fage’s Greek Yogurt) that are extremely high in fat. For instance, Fage’s Full-Fat Greek Yogurt’s has 16 grams of saturated fat in just a 7 oz. serving. That’s more fat than three Snicker’s bars. However, Dannon’s regular yogurt has about five grams in an 8 oz. serving. Regular yogurt also has more calcium than Greek does (about 10 percent more) and if you like a milder taste and texture with a greater variety of flavors to choose from, regular yogurt is probably going to be your better bet in that department as well. Finally, there’s the price. Greek yogurt, even on sale, will be as much as $1-1.50 per serving where for $3.00, you can probably get a “six pack” of regular yogurt.
So, what do we recommend? The truth of the matter is that yogurt, in just about any form, when it comes to the acidophilus that you get per serving and the way that it supports your body (especially if you are on a weight loss regimen) is going to be good for you whether it’s Greek or regular. You just have to be sure to seriously weigh out your personal pros and cons. But honestly, at the end of the day, we’d recommend that you at least try a little Greek yogurt!