I've had a Greek yogurt every morning for the last year and a half now, but I wonder is it worth it? Reading the labels, and perhaps some of my problem is the fact I like the flavored kinds, there are many undesirable ingredients in them.
Apparently I've been having GMO's for breakfast, I may have had a bowl of cereal with as many things in that yogurt I've been eating. Some of the plain varieties may be GMO free, but add a little flavor and you have modified corn starch and sugar, some "Greek" yogurts even have fillers to create the thickness instead of the straining process the good stuff my actually have, see locust bean gum, xanthan gum, kosher gelatin.
Say you've managed to find a product that does not have all those things in them that aren't really in the yogurt normally. Is Greek still worth it?
Greek yogurt comes out on top for your protein content, averaging 20 grams per serving as compared to 13 grams in regular yogurt. You have fewer calories and less sodium in your Greek yogurt too.
On the other hand, if you enjoy the calcium in your dairy, regular yogurt comes out on top with 450 mg while the Greek stuff has 151 mg.
Since Greek yogurt is thicker by design, you may stay fuller from it than the regular stuff.
Once again, you have to read individual labels in order to find your maximized yogurt. Apparently I've been having the one that isn't all that great, my Dannon Oikos (love the flavor!) only has 12 grams of protein. I tasted all the flavors and that was one that stood out on top for my tongue along with Fage. But now I'm rereading labels and seeing these things that may not be all that great for me on a daily basis and having to rethink my strategy.
In my area, there is only one flavor of organic yogurts and that's the Stonyfield Farm yogurts (also owned by the Dannon company, they were bought out last year). It makes for few choices when I'm also trying to cut out pesticides. I didn't care for the flavor nor the smaller packages in the organic flavors, but may have to just start looking at the big containers and dividing them up for the week to make the price worth it.
You obviously still need to read the label on regular yogurts to decide which ingredients you would like in your morning because the regular stuff still has many undesirable ingredients too. Lite or 100 calorie yogurts, either way, have artificial sugars (which I may have stated in a previous blog aren't good for you either).
So I guess for protein find a good Greek yogurt, but for your calcium intake, go with the regular stuff. Either way, you're helping to create good bacteria in your digestive tract.
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