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The Health Benefits of Greek Yogurt and Frozen Yogurt

Rajan is a botany and chemistry major. He has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years, breeding layer and broiler parents.

Greek Yogurt

What Is Greek Yogurt?

Quite simply, Greek yoghurt is a regular yoghurt that has been strained to remove the whey or the liquid part of the yoghurt. It is also called labneh, strained yoghurt, yoghurt cheese and hung yoghurt.

As the water has been strained out the yoghurt becomes denser, thicker and creamier than the regular yoghurt. On a weight to weight basis, it has more nutritional value than the regular yoghurt.

The whey can be separated from the yoghurt by using cheesecloth, a muslin cloth, a paper bag or a filter.

Greek yoghurt is available in no fat, low fat and full-fat varieties as well.

The Origin Of Greek Yogurt

Traditionally, Greek yoghurt originated in Greece, hence the name. Sheep milk was originally used to make this yoghurt which had a tangier taste. For the US market, cow's milk was substituted for the sheep milk.

Fage is one popular brand of Greek yoghurt that is produced in Greece and is exported to the USA.

Greek Yogurt vs Regular Yogurt

Both types of yoghurt - Regular & Greek - are healthy, make no mistake about it. Of the two, however, Greek yoghurt is healthier. Let's see why!

The removal of whey removes a lot of sugar and in effect, calories, while increasing the amount of protein which is almost double due to it becoming denser as compared to the same volume of regular yoghurt.

Even low-fat Greek yoghurt is creamier due to its density. It has more tang than regular yoghurt.

Greek yoghurt has much lower lactose than regular yoghurt. This is beneficial for people who are lactose intolerant as it makes digesting it easier.

Greek yoghurt does not curdle at high temperatures and hence it can be added to hot dishes, unlike regular yoghurt.

Why Is Greek Yogurt More Expensive Than Regular Yogurt?

Not only the imported variety, but even the Greek yoghurt made in the US is also more expensive than the regular yoghurt as more milk is needed to produce the same quantity of both the yoghurt by volume.

Sometimes the milk used to produce Greek yoghurt is boiled for some time to evaporate some water and make the milk thick. To enrich it further extra butterfat and milk powder is also added.

As the strained yoghurt or Greek yoghurt is devoid of whey it becomes creamy and dense. The straining of whey removes sugar and carbohydrates contained in the yoghurt and makes for low-fat Greek yoghurt.

One can make Greek yoghurt at home in your very own yoghurt maker.

Nutrition Facts - Greek Yogurt & Regular Yogurt

 Greek Yogurt vs Regular Yogurt 

 

Serving Size - 6 Ounces (170 Grams)

 

 

 

 

 

Greek Yogurt

Regular Yogurt

Calories

144

108

Protein gms

15 - 20

9

Carbohydrate gms

5 - 8

13 - 17

Saturated Fat gms

16

5

Sodium mg

50

100

Potassium mg

120

398

Probiotics

Much more than in Regular Yogurt

Less than in Greek Yogurt

 

 

 

What To Avoid In Greek Yogurt ?

As Greek yoghurt is a healthier food choice, it would be better if the following are kept in mind while purchasing it.

  • Choose a variety that has no additives, fillers or empty calories.
  • Choose the type that is free of gluten so that it can be consumed by those allergic to it.
  • It should be free of animal fats or gelatin thereby being vegetarian friendly.
  • It should only contain natural sugar.
  • Good quality and well made Greek yoghurt does not need thickeners or other ingredients to improve its texture, consistency or taste.

Uses Of Greek Yogurt

Greek yoghurt can be used in much the same way as sour cream and more.

It can be eaten as it is or topped with maple syrup, olive oil, honey, chocolate syrup, muesli, fruits, dry fruits. In fact, anything that catches your fancy.

It can be used to make dips, sauces, added to smoothies, shakes, popsicles, parfaits, muffins etc.

There are numerous other ways to get creative with Greek yoghurt.

Berry Greek Frozen Yogurt

About Frozen Greek Yogurt

Sales of Greek yoghurt have risen by over 100% in the last 3 years. To cash in, the frozen foods industry has jumped in.

Among a survey done, it was found that most of the Greek yoghurts that are frozen lost the creamy tang that is associated with it. Rather it tasted like ice cream or regular frozen yoghurt.

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Comments

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 04, 2014:

Thanks for reading and commenting, spacemanusa!

spacemanusa on March 03, 2014:

Great article. For all of the consumers out there that love the taste of Bitter - you are in luck, Greek yogurt is amazing and flavorfull!!!

Thank you for sharing!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 26, 2013:

Yes, greek yogurt can be frozen. But the friendly bacteria may not be able to survive the freezing temperatures.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 10, 2012:

Carol, one can always make yogurt at home both the regular and the Greek one. This way the added sugar can be avoided and one can use fruit or other natural sugar to add to it.

I do hope you are inspired enough to do so. Thanks for dropping by.

carol stanley from Arizona on December 10, 2012:

I know I should buy more yogurt and eat it. There are so many ways to use it. I love frozen yogurt but not many places here that sell it. Also I am concerned about the high sugar content. This is great hub and I am once again inspired to start using yogurt.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 30, 2012:

Hi Patricia, any type of yogurt is healthy. the only thing to watch for are the additions of sugar and other chemical additivites. Homemade is the best and that's what we do. I have another hub, "the health benefits of yogurt" which is exhaustive too.

Thanks for coming by, appreciating and bookmarking.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on October 29, 2012:

i like both kinds of yogurt and am glad you have shared the information about both of these. you have provided a great deal of information here and i am bookmarking this so i can come back and reread.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on August 21, 2012:

Mama Kim, thanks for all the wonderful words and votes. I'm glad you like my hubs and I appreciate your continued support.

Sasha Kim on August 21, 2012:

I recently discovered Greek yogurt and I love it! Its good to know I'm actually making the better choice, I just assumed it was the other way around simply because it tastes so much better ^_^ I even use it instead of the traditional mascarpone or cream in my pavlova recipe. I never tire of these hubs you write. I learn something new every time and as always voted way up, useful and interesting.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 15, 2012:

Thanks a lot Linda and appreciate your visit an comments.

linda on July 15, 2012:

This is such a great blog post! Very good information! Appreciating the hard work you put into your site and detailed information you present. It’s awesome blog.

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Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 11, 2012:

I'm glad you like this hub, unknown spy. Yogurt, any type is healthy,though greek variety scores because of the concentrated bulk in a given volume.

Thanks for stopping by. Appreciate your comments.

Life Under Construction from Neverland on June 11, 2012:

You are really amazing Rajan! i love your hubs!!!!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 04, 2012:

vocalcoach, if you're having no fat whipped cream and sunflower seeds then that's even healthier.

I'm glad for your feedback and thankful for your visit and vote.

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on June 03, 2012:

Iam a regular little pig when it comes to yogurt :-)

I must eat 2-3 cups a day. I add a dollap of not fat whipped creame and 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds. It is so good!

I love your hubs rajan. I always learn exciting information. Voting up and thanks!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 03, 2012:

Glad to get your feedback. Lassi is a drink that is cooling that is preferred in the summer. It can be both sweet and salty.

Thanks for stopping by.

RedElf from Canada on June 03, 2012:

I have always preferred Greek yogurt, and am happy it is now so widely available here. I can get the no-fat kind now, and love it so much more than ordinary yogurt. I have tried an Indian drink called "lassi" that is made with yogurt and fresh fruit - even my nephew, who is a very picky eater, enjoys it.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 03, 2012:

Thanks for giving the hub a read and am glad it was informative. Thanks for voting it up and more and for sharing it too.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 03, 2012:

We eat a lot of regular yogurt and do like Greek yogurt. I figured that the Greek variety would have more protein but did not realize that it contained such a reduction in the carbohydrates. Will have to start eating more of it! Thanks for this informative hub. Voted up, useful, interesting and will SHARE.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 02, 2012:

That's cool, Aurelio! Enjoy and be healthy.

Thanks for the votes and it's always a pleasure to see you here my friend.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on June 02, 2012:

We are lucky to have a large Greek community here in Southern California, so Greek yogurt and many of the dishes that it uses are easy to come by. Voting this Up and Useful.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 01, 2012:

That's a wonderful combination. Thanks for your input. Nice to see you back.

Thanks, Rahul.

Jessee R from Gurgaon, India on June 01, 2012:

Rajan Sir... Between you and me this one... Greek Yogurt with a little bit salt and pepper added, mango pickles... aloo paranthas... and loads of butter...

There... my perfect use for yogurt... :))

Great hub Sir... I always tend to destroy the nutritional qualities of yogurt by eating them with butter loaded paranthas... and other spices...

will take care now!!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 31, 2012:

Christy, so glad I was able to explain the difference. It feels nice when I get such nice compliments.

Your compliments always are so uplifting.

Thanks for visiting.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 31, 2012:

Cathleena, I'm happy that you liked the information. Appreciate your feedback and glad you root for greek yogurt.

Thank you.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 31, 2012:

@ DreamerMeg - nice to know you liked the hub. Greek yogurt is favorite with most of us now.

@ Kbdare - glad this was interesting to you. Greek yogurt is as healthy as it looks.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 31, 2012:

jayryan, I'll keep it in mind. Thanks for stopping by.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 31, 2012:

Kelley, thanks for linking my hub to yours. I did link to your chicken with greek yogurt recipe hub. I hope you don't mind.

Thanks for reading and I appreciate your comments.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 31, 2012:

suzette, thanks for your input. Greek yogurt is definitely healthier and tastier.

Thanks for liking and appreciating the hub.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 31, 2012:

Daisy, thanks for this information. As it should be expected the authentic Greek yogurt is in Greece.

I appreciate your visit and comments. Thanks.

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on May 31, 2012:

Thank-you for explaining the differences between regular yogurt and greek yogurt. I have seen lots of articles on the topic but just could never quite figure it out. Your hub is so clearly laid out and really helped me understand!

Cathleena Beams from Tennessee on May 31, 2012:

Very thorough and informative hub on my favorite kind of yogurt and the only kind I will buy now, the Greek kind! I eat the fat free version, putting it over the top of a cup full of blueberries nearly every morning for breakfast. Thank you for sharing all the facts with us and giving us even more reasons to eat more of it besides the main one, it tastes absolutely amazing!

Kbdare from Western US. on May 31, 2012:

Very interesting information! The first yogurt picture looks absolutely delicious!Thanks for sharing!

DreamerMeg from Northern Ireland on May 31, 2012:

I like Greek yogurt and now I know that it's good for me too!

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kelleyward on May 31, 2012:

Rajan this is a great hub. I'll link yours to mine about Greek yogurt!

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on May 31, 2012:

I have become a Greek yogurt convert. I don't eat the other yogurt after having moved on to Greek yogurt. It tastes so much better and has much less sugar. I eat the plain Greek yogurt and then add honey to it. It is so much more healthy eaten this way.

Years ago, we had some Lebonanese neighbors that gave is their homemade yogurt starter and we kept making our own yogurt from the starter. It was so good and probably was the Greek yogurt everyone is going crazy over now. It tasted pretty close to the Greek yogurt I am buying. I wish I had that starter yogurt now.

Thanks so much for a healthy, informative and interesting hub. Well done!

Daisy Mariposa from Orange County (Southern California) on May 31, 2012:

Rajan,

Thanks for publishing another great Hub. The best Greek yogurt I have ever had was in Athens. It's served with honey on the side. The Greek yogurt I buy in California is very good, but not as good as the yogurt in Greece.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 31, 2012:

Thanks Keith! The Greeks did used goat milk too to make greek yogurt. Thanks for reading.

KDuBarry03 on May 31, 2012:

I absolutely love Greek Yogurt! It is one of my primary sources of protein. I had no idea the US uses cow milk in place of sheep's milk. Has there been greek yogurt made out of goat milk?

Thank you for the information!

-KD

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