The other day, Katie and I discussed our favorite types of Greek yogurt. I have no idea how we got on this. But it happened. And it was a very serious conversation.
K: VERY serious. Don’t get in between us during a food discussion unless you are prepared to embark on a journey of self exploration. OMG. That doesn’t sound very appetizing.
Yogurt has become a favorite snack for dieters and breakfasters. Recently, Greek Yogurt has become trendy. And tasty. And healthier, in many respects.
So first let’s make sure we all know the difference between regular yogurt and Greek yogurt.
K: Please sing the theme song as you proceed: Da da da daaaaaa
I would like to say that the article I got this info from is called “Yogurt Smackdown: Greek vs. Regular,” which seems violent and intense for such a light, girly treat, but whatever. I mean, best-known yogurt spokesperson is Jamie Lee Curtis, with smilies on tummies. And now Shakira, with her shimmies…
K: I have to say I would probably read any article if “Smackdown” was in the title somewhere. Also, can JLC stop talking about poop while I’m eating. Thanks!
What IS yogurt?
Yogurt comes from milk that has had healthy bacteria added, causing it to ferment. During this process, yogurt thickens and takes on a slightly tangy taste. Yogurt is then strained through a cheesecloth, which allows the liquid whey part of milk to drain off. Regular yogurt is strained twice, while Greek yogurt is strained three times to remove more whey (leaving a thicker consistency).
Ok, now, plain vs. Greek:
- Protein – Greek yogurt has almost double the protein of regular yogurt. Eight ounces of Greek yogurt has about 20 grams of protein, whereas regular yogurt provides around 11-13 grams. Greek yogurt’s high protein content makes it a favorite among people trying to manage their weight as it helps ward off hunger.
- Carbs – Greek yogurt has fewer carbohydrates than regular yogurt. This could be beneficial to diabetics, who have to watch their carbohydrate intake.
- Calcium – Regular yogurt has about three times the calcium of Greek yogurt. Both are still considered good sources of calcium, but women who don’t get enough calcium from other foods may want to stick to regular yogurt for its bone-building benefits.
- Sodium – Greek yogurt has half the sodium of regular yogurt.
- Calories – Plain, nonfat versions of Greek and regular yogurt have a similar calorie count per serving, but added sugars can significantly increase the calories of either variety.
Ok great, so now we know what we’re up against, I can say that I love Greek yogurt and cannot fathom going back to regular yogurt. It seems way too sugary and thin and watery.
K: That water is sometimes too much for me.
Fine, so now, of all the myriad of brands of Greek yogurts out there, which is best? Are you sticking with plain and adding fruit and granola? Are you going flavored? Honey? Yogurt smoothie? I think we can all agree that there is a time, place, and mood for each.
K: Who knew there were so many options?! I mean, it’s a Yogurt Jamboree! Weeeeeee!
TIME TO VOTE!
We are not going to tell you our favorite Greek yogurts, we are instead going to post a poll and ask you to vote, dear readers. You can select all of your favorites, pass the poll onto your friends, whatever. The point is to get a good variety of opinions and see which one wins the YOGURT FACE-OFF!
We shall report back and let you know.
May the best Greek win.