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Eating Greek yogurt is becoming increasingly popular these days. Although it is smoother, has a stronger flavor and is less sweet than regular yogurt, is it healthier for you?
Here's food for thought:
- Both the non-fat and low fat kinds of these yogurts are healthy for you, because they are loaded with calcium and "good" bacteria.
- The same serving of Greek Yogurt is thicker, has half the sugar and twice the protein as
- A 6-ounce serving of Greek Yogurt contains 15 to 20 grams of protein or the same amount in 2 to 3 ounces of lean meat. While the same serving of regular yogurt contains only 9 grams of protein.
- Greek Yogurt is strained when made. This removes some of the lactose or milk sugar. Thus, it will be less likely to upset the stomachs of lactose intolerant individuals.
- On the down side, Greek Yogurt has a higher fat content than regular yogurt or up to 80 % of your daily allowance in just one serving. Saturated fats can increase your LDL cholesterol numbers thereby increasing your risk for cardiovascular diseases. Therefore, select low-fat and fat-free Greek Yogurts.
- The average serving of Greek Yogurt contains 50 milligrams of sodium. This is half the amount in many kinks of regular yogurts. Too much salt can increase your blood pressure and lead to other heart ailments.
- A 6-ounce cup of Greek Yogurt will only provide you with about 20 percent of the daily allowance for calcium, compared with 30 percent for regular yogurt.
The bottom line is that Greek yogurt may seem healthier for you. However, regardless of the kind you select, the secret is to go with either the "plain" low-fat or non-fat yogurts for weight management.
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