Greek vs Regular Yogurt
While everyone knows the health benefits and nutritional values of regular yogurt, there are many who are put off by its distinct flavor and sour taste. Many who are ordered by their doctors to consume regular yogurt daily to have their extra dose of calcium consider it a punishment in sharp contrast to those who find it yummy and savor the flavor. Fortunately for these people, there is another variety of yogurt, called Greek yogurt available. This article is for those people who have heard about it, but not so sure about what it is and how it is different from regular yogurt.
Though both regular and Greek yogurt are made in a similar way (by fermenting milk with live bacteria culture), the excess liquid, which is a characteristic of regular yogurt is strained out while making Greek yogurt. This makes the yogurt thicker with greater consistency and gives it an appearance of almost a dessert that is delicious if you have it with fruits. To be fair, Greek yogurt has a consistency that places it between yogurt and cheese, and there are people who say that it tastes yummy. Greek yogurt has become very popular of late and there are scores of American companies producing Greek yogurt today. It must be mentioned though, that both regular as well as Greek yogurt is exceptionally good for our health. Both are rich sources of calcium, are full or protein, help in digestion with live, beneficial bacteria, and are low in calories. But being concentrated, it is natural for one to get some extra grams of protein per serving as compared to regular yogurt. Greek yogurt has the added advantage of liquid whey being strained out which makes it very low in carbohydrates.
Because of the straining procedure, the yogurt becomes thicker and has less of fat as most of the water containing salts and sugars gets removed. Nutritionists say that Greek yogurt has twice as much protein than regular yogurt but considerably less carbohydrates, sugar and sodium than regular yogurt.
Some environmentalists are concerned with the leftover liquid whey. Factories producing Greek yogurt usually give it to farmers to either use it as an animal feed or as a fertilizer, but of late there have been endeavors to turn this waste into energy to power factories.
Greek Yogurt vs Regular Yogurt
• Greek yogurt is so called because of the marketing of a Greek company called Fage.
• Greek yogurt is just strained regular yogurt.
• Straining removes all the liquid whey giving yogurt greater consistency
• Greek yogurt is lower in fat than regular yogurt and has twice as much protein than regular yogurt.
• The sour taste of regular yogurt is gone in Greek yogurt and is thus preferred by a majority of people though it is more expensive than regular yogurt.