COCO KNOWS YOGURT: The Truth About Going Greek

I’m interning over at Grass Fed Girl and wrote this article about how to make sure you’re getting all the benefits from your Greek yogurt.


Good, Bad and Ugly: Where Does Your Greek Yogurt Fall?

Is your Greek yogurt laced with GMOs, packed with sugar, fortified with vitamins that you can’t absorb, thwarting your weight loss efforts and pushing your body towards an inflammatory state?  No?

Are you sure?

Chobani. Fage. Wallaby Organic. Trader Joe’s brand. With numerous health authorities singing the praises of Greek yogurt, we seem to have forgotten one important fact: Not all yogurt is created equal.

What is Greek Yogurt?

Greek yogurt is characterized by its high protein content. With about 13 grams of protein per 5.3 ounce serving, it has more than twice the protein of traditional yogurt, which averages 6 grams per serving.

During normal yogurt production, one cup of milk is required to produce one cup of yogurt. But in the making of traditional Greek yogurt, the yogurt is strained, which removes much of the whey, water and lactose (milk sugar). Rather than one cup of milk, two to four cups are needed produce one cup of Greek yogurt. The result is thick, creamy yogurt that is high in protein and low in sugar.

Unfortunately, this process also results in a large amount of largely unusable whey acid, which companies are struggling to dispose of. To learn more about the controversy regarding the environmental impact of commercially produced Greek yogurt, check out these articles from Modern Farmer and from NPR.

Greek Yogurt Provides These 3 Benefits…if you’re eating the right kind!

Read the full article here to see how your yogurt measures up.

About CocoKnows

Nutritionionst who blogs about nutrition, beauty, health & wellness. Lover of all things pink.
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2 Responses to COCO KNOWS YOGURT: The Truth About Going Greek

  1. Bug Barb says:

    The high protein content is why a friend of mine eats greek yogurt. She eats only what she needs to survive, so everything she eats must be nutrient dense. I eat greek yogurt because it reminds me of sour cream and tastes good.

  2. Di says:

    I think the best Greek yogurt in Australia is Jalna. It’s pot set and comes in lovely 2kg tubs. Until recently there were no Greek yogurts on the Australian market that had vegetable gums in but now there is Black Swan which has added gums. 😦 Most Greek yogurts are safe here but I still reckon Jalna is the best.

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