March is National Nutrition Month and the time to turn our thoughts to healty eating. If you haven't noticed, Greek yogurt is all the rage these days, and I did wonder if it was more nutritious than regular yogurt. According a a report on U.S. News & World Report Health, Greek yogurt does have a slight edge over regular yogurt, although both certainly can be included in a healthy diet.
Greek yogurt is strained to remove a lot of the liquid, whey, and lactose, so that's why it has a thick, creamy consistency. It's high in protein, about 15-20 grams for a 6-ounce serving. The same size serving of regular yogurt has about 9 grams of protein. Plain Greek yogurt has about half the amount of carbs as regular plain yogurt, but both of these will have more carbs if they are sweetened with sugar or fruit. Coming in at 16 grams of saturated fat for 7 ounces, regular Greek yogurt is not low in fat, so you might want to consider eating a low-fat or fat-free version. Greek yogurt is also a good source of calcium, even though a little bit of calcium is lost in the straining process.
Because of thick, creamy texture, Greek yogurt does have a lot of versatility in the kitchen. You can use it in place of sour cream or cream cheese in dips and dressings, as a topping, or in dessert recipes. If you haven't tried Greek yogurt, check it out and let us know what you think. You can also make your own. Check out our video on How to Make Greek Yogurt and see how easy it is.