Health benefits of Greek yogurt

February 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

I’ve been more than a little addicted to Greek yogurt lately.  Even the nonfat version is much richer than the usual fruit-flavored highly sugared commerically available yogurt.

The manufacturing process strains out most of the liquid whey, sugar, and lactose (making it ideal for lactose intolerant people like me).  It has double the protein of regular yogurt, and is richer, creamier, and tastier.  Dave and I like a few tablespoons of Greek yogurt with 1/2 cup of shredded wheat or our homemade granola.  It’s higher in calories and fat that regular yogurt, but if you buy the nonfat version, you’ll save yourself a lot of calories.

And with its relatively low 5-8 grams of carbs per serving, Greek yogurt works for people like me, who seem to do better with low carb diets.

We also like Greek yogurt for making dips and salad dressings (try substituting it for buttermilk and sour cream or mayonnaise).  The substitution makes for a slightly sharper flavor, but I think you’ll still like it.

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