Greek Yogurt: Why It’s Super

People who want to lose weight immediately usually eliminate dairy and carbohydrates from their diet. These same people tend to forget that some dairy products actually help weight loss. Greek yogurt is one of the best forms of dairy  you can add to your everyday diet.

Greek yogurt, sometimes referred to as strained yogurt has a unique, tart taste. The process of Greek yogurt, strained in a cloth paper bag to remove the excess liquid, is what gives it this taste. Through this process, the yogurt ends up thicker and creamier, filled with protein and probiotics. This straining process is why Greek yogurt differs from all other dairy products and other types of yogurt.

This kind of yogurt is typically lower in carbohydrates and sodium than other yogurts and can have all the fat in the dairy eliminated depending on the type of process. This no-fat, high-protein and low-carbohydrate super food is the perfect snack or mini-meal. Be careful, the whole milk in Greek yogurt typically has twice the fat than the 0% Greek Yogurt.

The straining process makes Greek yogurt an acquired taste—some people may never  enjoy it. You should start off by trying the 2% version, which tends to be a little creamier and less tart. Once you’re comfortable with the taste and actually enjoy the yogurt, opt for the non-fat, 0% version to get the most health benefits possible. Add Splenda or cinnamon to sweeten it up a bit!

Greek yogurt is certainly a super food and makes a perfect snack—100 calories a cup, 15+ grams of proteins and barely any sugar. Give Fage and Chobani a try, the top brands for Greek yogurt!

By Carly Goldstein

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