Is one better than the other? I get asked this question a lot – so here is the main differences between greek and regular yogurt!
Yogurt is made from milk with healthy bacteria added causing it to ferment, thicken, and take on its unique taste. It is then strained through a cheese cloth to remove the liquid whey from milk. The difference starts here – regular yogurt is strained twice while greek yogurt is strained three times leaving a thicker consistency.
So what’s the difference in nutritional content?
Protein: greek yogurt has more protein due to being a higher concentration of nutrients since more liquid has been removed. For example, greek yogurt contains from 15-20 g of protein while regular yogurt contains 9-12 g of protein.
Carbohydrates: greek yogurt contains about half the amount of carbs compared to regular yogurt, and for both types be wary of extra added sugars.
Sodium: greek yogurt has about half the sodium as regular yogurt.
Fat: full-fat greek yogurt contains more fat than full-fat regular greek yogurt. For both types, look for low-fat or non-fat.
Calcium: while both yogurts contain good amounts of calcium. Greek yogurt loses some of the calcium through the additional straining process. Regular yogurt provides about 30% of your daily needs, while greek contains about 20% of your daily needs.
Both greek and regular yogurt can fit into a healthy diet. Look for low-fat or non-fat versions of both.
I personally enjoy the flavor and texture of greek yogurt over regular yogurt! With some fresh fruit and granola it turns into a light breakfast or tasty snack!