Greek Yogurt & Its Benefits

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Greek Yogurt & Its Benefits
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If you’re tired of the thin, runny consistency of regular yoghurt, consider switching to Greek yoghurt. Traditional Greek yoghurt was made from sheep's milk, but today Greek yoghurt means any yoghurt where the excess liquid has been strained out during the processing, leaving it with a creamy, rich, dessert-like texture that doesn't require stirring before eating. Greek yoghurt also offers many health benefits in addition to good taste.

High Protein

Greek yoghurt contains almost twice the protein of regular yoghurt, according to food editor Kate Chynoweth of Pittsburgh Magazine. After the whey has been strained out during the processing of Greek yoghurt, only solid protein remains, making the protein content higher, and more concentrated and beneficial. One cup of Greek yoghurt contains 20 grams of protein, compared to 1 cup of regular yoghurt that has 12 grams of protein.


Greek yoghurt has higher amounts of beneficial probiotics than regular yoghurt. Probiotics are live bacteria cultures that help to maintain healthy digestion and also boost immunity. Regular yoghurt contains at least two different strains of probiotics, but Greek yoghurt can contain up to six strains of probiotics.

Easier To Digest

The high levels of probiotics in Greek yoghurt aid in converting milk lactose into lactic acid, making Greek yoghurt easier to digest, especially for those who are lactose intolerant and unable to easily digest regular yoghurt.

Low In Carbohydrates

Greek yoghurt is lower in carbohydrates than regular yoghurt, making it beneficial for weight control, according to Jordana Brown, writing in Flex magazine. One cup of regular yoghurt contains 16 grams of carbohydrates, compared to Greek yoghurt, which contains 9 grams of carbohydrates or less.

Less Sodium

Greek yoghurt is much lower in sodium than regular yoghurt, making it a healthier choice if you're watching your salt intake. One cup of Greek yoghurt contains 65 mg of salt, while 1 cup of regular yoghurt has a higher level of 159 mg of salt.

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