What you should know about your Greek yoghurt?

Greek yoghurt is booming. Driven by a huge increase in consumer demand over the past years, it is taken over cereal as the healthiest breakfast choice. But Greek yoghurt is merely strained yoghurt, so what is so special about it? Here, 5 facts about Greek yoghurt that everyone should know.

1. It is a fantastic source of calcium, potassium, bacteria (the good one) and… fat!

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It contains more calcium than plain yoghurt and the whole fat version contains higher levels of calcium than low fat versions: Low-Fat Vs. Nonfat Yoghurt

The full fat version gives that yummy thick consistency because it contains higher levels of fat but don’t forget that both versions give you health benefits. What is Healthier: Greek Yoghurt or Regular Yoghurt?

Therefore, I wouldn’t use non-fat versions for growing healthy kids on a balance diet!

2. It fills you up

…Because it is packed with protein. It contains twice the protein than regular yoghurt, although not every brand contains the same amount of calcium. This has been explained due to different straining process used by the industry.

Greek yoghurt
Greek yoghurt

3. Greek yoghurt has to be made in Greece

…. but not ‘Greek Style Yoghurt’, at least in the UK, where as a result of a big court case it now has to be authentically made in Greece unlike the USA , where anything can be called ‘Greek.’ Greek style just need to look like such and can be thickened by either one of the two processes described in 3 things you probably don’t know about Greek yoghurt.

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4. Milk and active cultures should be the only ingredients

Read the label. Stay away from “whey concentrates” and “modified corn starch” that add thickness. More on 6 myths about Greek yoghurt.

Greek yoghurt
Greek yoghurt

5. Flavoured yoghurts are not the healthiest choice

Even flavoured yoghurt with “real pieces of fruit” contain by far too much sugar and/or artificial sweeteners and little nutritional value. Always read the label!

It is wise to stay away from corn syrup, fruit concentrate sweetener or processed sugary ingredients. Avoid any of these 57 Sneaky Sugars.

The healthiest way to have yoghurt is to add fresh fruit; if you need the extra sweet, add natural honey.

But if you want to have a more comprehensive guide on the health benefits of yoghurt, definitely check the post What Are The Health Benefits of Yogurt? written by Helen Sanders, the Chief Editor of Health Ambition.

Greek yoghurt
Greek yoghurt

6. It is not exclusive for breakfast or desserts

There is a range of ways of incorporating Greek yoghurt to your meals: from salad dressings, to muffins and main dishes. It is fantastic for cooking as it does not curdle when heated. Check my favourite family finger food recipe Chicken yoghurt strips

CHICKEN YOGURT STRIPS Final Recipe 
CHICKEN YOGURT STRIPS

7. It may be creating a pollution problem

There has been some environmental issues raised in the media due to the rapid industrialisation of the process of Greek yoghurt. For every four ounces of milk used in the production of Greek yoghurt, only one ounce becomes the creamy, edible one. The rest transforms into acid whey, a fast-growing pollution problem.

Read from the source: Whey Too Much: Greek Yoghurt’s Dark Side Whey Too Much: Greek Yoghurt’s Dark Side 

The alternative is to make your own home strained yoghurt.

I bet it’s truly delicious…!

Greek Yoghurt 
Greek Yoghurt
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