When you walk down ShopRite’s dairy aisle, you may notice that the shelves are filled with yogurt. Among the many varieties is Greek yogurt, which is quickly becoming a favorite for its dietary benefits and versatility as an ingredient in recipes.
Greek yogurt is made with milk and an active yogurt culture like other yogurts, but before packaging Greek yogurt is strained to remove the excess watery whey. The result: a creamier, thicker, more satisfying yogurt. Although brands vary, Greek yogurt typically has twice as much protein, less sugar, and less lactose than regular yogurt.
Fullness Factor –The additional protein in Greek yogurt may help you feel fuller, faster. Studies show that consuming protein, as compared to carbohydrate and fat, promotes stronger feelings of fullness. Greek yogurt’s thick, rich and creamy texture can help satisfy cravings and help you maintain a lower-calorie diet.
Easier to Digest – Greek yogurt contains fewer carbohydrates than regular yogurt and therefore less lactose, making it easier to digest for those who are lactose intolerant. Greek yogurt also contains the good kind of bacteria, which can help regulate digestion.
A “Do” for Diabetics - Greek yogurt has a naturally lower sugar and carbohydrate content than regular yogurt, which makes it a great choice for diabetics who want a product that meets their nutritional needs.
Gluten-free – Greek yogurt is gluten free. It contains no wheat, rye, barley or other gluten-containing thickeners making it a great dessert alternative for those with Celiac disease. (Be sure to always read ingredient labels, since new product formulations can occur).
Go-to Ingredient – Greek yogurt is delicious enough to eat plain or topped with a bit of granola and fruit. It can also be added to many of your favorite recipes.
Greek Yogurt Conversion Chart:
1 cup butter = ¼ cup Greek yogurt + ½ cup butter
1 cup oil = ¾ cup Greek yogurt
1 cup sour cream = 1 cup Greek yogurt
1 cup mayonnaise = 1 cup Greek yogurt
1 cup cream cheese = 1 cup Greek yogurt
1 cup buttermilk = 2/3 cup Greek yogurt + 1/3 cup milk or buttermilk
1 cup heavy cream = ½ cup Greek yogurt + ½ cup heavy cream
1 cup milk = ¼ cup Greek yogurt + ¾ cup milk
1 cup crème fraiche = 1 cup Greek yogurt
Source: Chobani website