Despite the hype, does Greek yogurt really have more mythical properties than its regular counterpart? Here are the true differences between Greek yogurt and the regular kind.
MY BIG FAT GREEK YOGURT — WHY IT’S SUPER
Greek yogurt, also called strained yogurt, yogurt cheese (or in some cultures, you-left-the-milk-out-too-long), is simply yogurt that has been strained in a cloth, paper bag, or filter to remove the excess liquid. Through this process, Greek yogurt ends up not only thicker and creamier than regular yogurt, but also chock-full of protein and probiotics, which are basically live bacteria (the good kind!) that can improve digestion, and bolster immunity, and maybe even reduce symptoms of lactose intolerance
Yogurt of the Gods — Your Action Plan
Although some may not initially like Greek yogurt’s tangier taste, its versatility in the kitchen may turn them into believers. Besides being delicious on its own, Greek yogurt also doesn’t curdle at high temperatures and stays fresher longer, making it particularly useful in the kitchen. It can be used as a substitution for sour cream, cream cheese, and even mayonnaise. But before loading up on a fridge full of Greek yogurt, know that whole milk Greek yogurt typically has twice the amount of fat and protein than regular yogurt. Like the traditional flavored yogurt, flavored Greek yogurt can also be loaded with sugar. When looking for Greek yogurt, opt for low-fat or non-fat versions to reap its health benefits without the added calories. Have a sweet tooth? Sweeten up Greek yogurt with honey, cinnamon, a sprinkle of flaxseed, or some fresh berries and nuts for a delicious and healthy treat.Updated August 2011.