Yogurt can be a great way to start your day and Greek yogurt has received lots of attention lately. But what makes it different? Let’s take a look:
• Production Methods
Both Greek and regular yogurt are made of mostly the same ingredients, but Greek has the whey and other liquids mostly strained out of it. The result is a much thicker and tangier yogurt. Think of Greek yogurt as being more concentrated.
• Higher in Protein
Because it’s more dense, Greek yogurt is able to pack in more protein. It typically contains around 11g more protein than regular yogurt per 6oz serving.
• Lower in Sodium
It’s not a huge difference but going from 5-6% sodium in regular yogurt to 3% in Greek may help out those who need to watch sodium levels.
• Lower in Sugar
Removing the whey in Greek yogurt means the natural sugars are lower than regular, usually by 3g per serving.
• Lower in Calcium
Unfortunately, the whey also contains a lot of calcium so Greek yogurt contains about 10% less of your daily recommended amounts of calcium. A 6oz serving of regular yogurt will yield 25% of your DV while Greek comes in at 15%.
• So What’s the Same?
Both Greek and regular yogurt are great sources of magnesium, vitamin B12, and calcium (even though Greek is lower). Calorie counts are typically close, but regular sometimes wins by 10-20 calories. Potassium amounts are typically the same at around 8% DV.