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Dairy Dilemma: Yogurt versus Greek Yogurt

  By Trina Remedios  posted Apr 12th 2012 at 7:00AM IN | Avg Rating
Diet & Fitness
Regular Yogurt Greek Yogurt

 

 

Difference: When cow’s milk is fermented with a select collection of yogurt cultures for 4 to 7 hours you get curds.

Texture: It is thick and sour.

Health benefits: People who are lactose intolerant are encouraged to have yogurt, as the lactose present in the milk is converted to glucose galactose. It is good for helping people through diarrhea by preventing antibiotics. Regular curds can boost immunity and improve the health of your colon. Low fat yogurt also helps in weight loss

Fat content: You have low fat and non fat yogurt, but regular yogurt has 2.5gms fats.

Protein content: Your regular curd has 10gms of protein and is a great snack for those who need to eat more protein to support resistance training workouts.

Calcium content: Calcium is an important component for strengthening bones, and yogurt is one the best sources of calcium.

Cost: You can prepare it at home or it is easily available in stores.

What we think: For years Indian have used curds in their food, prepared drinks with curds and used it as a salad. But Greek yogurt seems to be the new flavour of the fitness community. Whether you eat regular yogurt or buy or make Greek yogurt, rest assured that one ingredient does not a healthy body make. Combine it with a good workout and overall balanced diet and you will be healthy.

Difference: The process is the same but there is a further step, regular yogurt is strained for liquid whey, sugar and lactose.

Texture: It is thick and creamier than curds but with less sugar.

Health Benefits: It is a great option for diabetics, easier to digest and cures Candida. Greek yogurt is a better alternative for individuals who have to cut down sodium intake. It has 50 percent less sodium than regular curds.

Fat Content: It contains more fat than regular curds hence stick to low fat yogurt.

Protein Content: This is where the proportion greatly differs; Greek yogurt is a rich source in proteins. It has nearly double the amount of protein than curds and is a good option for vegetarians.

Calcium content: Don’t expect Greek yogurt to contain the same amount of calcium. Due to the straining process this yogurt loses some amount of calcium.

Cost: More expensive than regular yogurt.

What we think: Greek yogurt is great for dips and ice cream, but seems to be ahead of the race as it is a better option for vegetarians, those who are lactose intolerant and diabetics. 

 

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