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Benefits of Greek Yogurt vs Regular Yogurt

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Health Benefits of Greek Yogurt vs Regular Yogurt

Enrich the Taste of Both by Adding Fresh Fruit

The debate regarding Greek yogurt vs regular yogurt has been going on since both became popular food options over the years.  Which one is healthier?  What are the benefits and negatives of each?  There are a lot of questions which can be answered by simply looking at the nutrition information of each product.  Greek yogurt vs regular yogurt really comes down to what you value in your diet.

Greek Yogurt vs Regular Yogurt - Nutritional Information
In my opinion, the best way to compare Greek yogurt vs regular yogurt is by simply looking at the nutritional content of each product.  There are other factors that people may consider when choosing which one to buy, but if your main concern is nutrition based, then comparing the nutritional data will help you make your decision.
 
For comparing Greek yogurt vs regular yogurt, I will be using Dannon Oikos Plain Greek yogurt and Yoplait All Natural Fat Free Plain yogurt.  Here is how the two compare in terms of nutritional content:

Dannon Oikos Plain Greek Yogurt - 1 serving is 150 grams.
*80 Calories
*0 Calories from Fat
*10 mg of Cholesterol
*50 mg of Sodium
*6 g of Carbohydrates
*0 g of Dietary Fiber
*6 g of Sugar
*15 g of Protein

Yoplait All Natural Fat Free Plain Yogurt - 1 serving is 8 oz/226 g
*130 Calories
*0 Calories from Fat
*5 mg of Cholesterol
*220 mg of Sodium
*19 g of Carbohydrates
*0 g of Dietary Fiber
*15 g of Sugar
*12 g of Protein

Greek Yogurt vs Regular Yogurt - Analysis
It's important to take note of the serving size when comparing Greek yogurt vs regular yogurt.  In my comparison above, a single serving of the Yoplait brand is larger, so it is expected that the nutritional facts will be larger in terms of numbers as well.  However, this needs to be taken into consideration when contemplating Greek yogurt vs regular yogurt.  A lot of people buy the individual cups of this food product, because they're convenient for transportation purposes.  You can easily pack them in a lunch or as a snack to have throughout the day.  Also, people buy the single serving cups because they're trying to watch their calorie intake.  It's easy to overeat when you have a big container of yogurt in front of you.  The single serving option eliminates that problem.  If you are having a single serving, do you want one that's 80 calories or 130 calories?

After looking at the nutritional information, it is easy to see that the Greek version has fewer calories, carbohydrates, sugar, as well as more protein.  That's why it is a better choice for those who follow a high protein/low carbohydrate diet, as well as those who are trying to maintain a healthy diet in general.  In my opinion, the most important nutritional fact is the amount of sugar in each product.  When looking at Greek yogurt vs regular yogurt, the former has a lot less sugar than the latter.  

Greek Yogurt vs Regular Yogurt - Price
It can be difficult to compare the price of Greek yogurt vs regular yogurt, because the price varies from store to store.  At my local grocery store, an individual cup of plain Greek yogurt costs $1.00, whereas an individual cup of plain Yoplait yogurt is around 50 cents.  In most cases Greek yogurt is more expensive, but the difference in price really depends on the store.  That's why it's beneficial to go to a couple of different grocery stores, if possible, and compare the prices to see where you can get the best deal.

Conclusion
When making a decision on Greek yogurt vs regular yogurt, it really comes down to what you value in your diet.  Both have numerous health benefits, however, Greek yogurt usually has fewer calories, carbohydrates, grams of sugar, as well as more protein.  I recommend choosing Greek yogurt; however some think it's too expensive, which is understandable. 

Either way, I recommend buying the plain kind and adding fresh fruit to it, rather than buying the flavored kind.  You could also add nuts, low sugar dried fruit, or spices such as cinnamon to enrich the taste.  Flavored yogurt has a lot of added sugar to it, which makes a healthy snack less healthy. 

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Comments

May 12, 2012 1:58am
Introspective
I didn't realize there was any difference between Greek and regular yogurt. Interesting article.
May 15, 2012 10:40pm
southerngirl09
Very interesting article. Thanks for explaining the difference between them. Now I understand why I lean toward regular yogurt - the sugar.
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