December 19, 2018

Greek Yogurt vs. Regular Yogurt

what is better for you - greek yogurt or regular yogurt?

It used to be that Greek yogurt was an exotic snack. Then John Stamos had to come in and shoot a commercial for Dannon Oikos and that was that. Greek yogurt took off. OK, I’m not saying that it is all because of Stamos, but the timing lines up pretty close.

Many people switched over to eating this kind of yogurt over regular yogurt as they preferred that it was less sweet, much tangier, and much more creamy than its traditional counterpart that is made from whole milk. But is it any healthier for you than regular yogurt? I did some research to find out.

Is Greek Yogurt Healthier Than Regular Yogurt?

For starters, any kind of yogurt that you like to eat can be considered part of a healthy diet. They are all relatively low in calories, are very rich in calcium (like most dairy foods), and contain live bacterial cultures that are great for your gut and digestive system.

Does one type of yogurt have an edge over the others? If you were to ask me, I’m going to call Greek the clear winner in this race. Because this type of yogurt is strained thoroughly to remove all of the lactose, liquid whey, and sugars to make it the thicker consistency than regular yogurt, it has many nutritional advantages. This straining process results in half the sugar and as much as twice the protein in the same sized serving of both.

If you’re looking for the best option, go with low-fat Greek yogurt to get a whopping dose of protein, tons of nutrients, and less fat. Put all those together and you have a convenient, healthy, and delicious snack to have at home or when you’re on the go. It has become one of my favorite snacks lately, and while I used to go with regular yogurt, I have completely switched over to Greek. 

I know I’m not alone in that, as Statista (a consumer data firm) reported that Greek yogurt accounts for more than half of all sales in yogurt in the U.S.

Nutritional Value

As for how these two different types of yogurt measure up against each other, here is a breakdown of their comparative nutrition information:

  • Protein: Greek yogurt has 15 to 20 gram of protein in a 6-ounce serving, roughly the same as 2 to 3 ounces of lean meat. The same size serving of regular yogurt contains around 9 gram.
  • Carbs: Greek yogurt contains around half the carbohydrates (5 to 8 grams per serving) as regular yogurt (13 to 17 grams).
  • Fat: This is one area where regular yogurt has the edge if you buy a full-fat version. The key here is to buy a low-fat option, as a full-fat Greek yogurt can contain 16 ounces of saturated fat. In comparison, full-fat traditional yogurt has around 5 grams.
  • Sodium: You will find around 50 milligrams of sodium in a serving of Greek yogurt, which is about half of what you would get in the traditional kind.
  • Calcium: Because of the straining process, traditional yogurt has the edge here as it provides 30% of your daily recommended value. Greek yogurt has around 20% of your daily value.

The Verdict

I’ll sum it up by saying that Greek has a bit of an edge for overall nutritional value, but you can’t go wrong with either choice as a healthy snack. There are certainly worse options out there!

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T.J. LaPanta is a Florida based aspiring comedian and health nut.
When he's not trying to hack his way through a post-graduate degree, he's slaving away in the kitchen, working out, or trying to score a date.

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