One of the foods we get on this PLAN is Greek Yogurt. This is the only official dairy we get. We do sneak a little cream in our coffee, though. We usually put the Greek Yogurt in our breakfast smoothie. We are also looking for dip recipes and we did put it on chicken in a stroganoff sauce which was very good.
So what is the difference between regular and Greek Yogurt you ask? Both Greek and regular yogurt start out with the same ingredients – milk and bacterial cultures. In fact, both types of yogurt even use the same bacterial cultures (Streptococcus thermophilus and Lactobacillus bulgaricus, if you were wondering).
With the healthy bacteria added it causes the mixture to ferment. During this process, yogurt thickens and takes on a slightly tangy taste. Yogurt is then strained through cheesecloth, which allows the liquid whey part of milk to drain off. Regular yogurt is strained twice, while Greek yogurt is strained three times to remove more whey (leaving a thicker consistency).
While all yogurt provides numerous health benefits (including probiotic), the nutritional stats for Greek yogurt and regular yogurt do differ.
Also there is some difference in yogurt. Some companies add sugar, and if you find plain yogurt tough to swallow, you may be tempted to use flavored ones. If you check out the label, you might be surprised to find that some yogurt varieties contain more sugar than two donuts! And, many yogurts that claim to be “low sugar” are packed instead with artificial sweeteners. Though plain yogurt usually has less sugar than flavored ones, we know that many people prefer flavored yogurt.
Since there is a third straining for Greek yogurt, it takes about 4 times the milk and consequently is more expensive. Notice the protein is higher and the sugar lower. Everything else is about the same with calcium actually higher in regular yogurt.
I suspect we get Greek yogurt only because of the extra sugar and whey in the regular yogurt.
Here are a couple of labels so you can compare the stats. The first is Plain Non-Fat Yogurt and the other is Chobani Greek Yogurt non-fat.