Greek yogurt has blown up the past few years. Countless brands and varieties of Greek yogurt have been lining the shelves of grocery stores. But what makes Greek yogurt different?

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The difference between Greek yogurt and traditional yogurt is that Greek yogurt has been strained to remove all the whey. Whey is the watery part of milk that is remaining after milk has been curdled. Because of this, Greek yogurt has a creamier, thicker texture and a richer taste. Greek yogurt has 40 percent less sugar, 38 percent less sodium and more than twice the amount of protein than traditional yogurt, making it the healthier choice.

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Probiotics and other health benefits:

Greek yogurt contains a number of probiotics. Probiotics are a form of healthy bacteria that help promote a “healthy gut”. Your digestive tract naturally contains a lot of different types of bacteria – some good,which help you digest food, and some potentially harmful. Eating Greek yogurt with probiotics helps to increase those good bacteria. Greek yogurt also contains calcium, which promotes strong, healthy bones.

Lactose intolerant? No problem!

Lactose intolerance is triggered by the digestive system not being capable of digesting the milk sugar called lactose. However, people who are lactose intolerant should still try to keep milk and dairy as part of their nutrition intake. Since Greek yogurt goes through a straining process, it has a lesser percentage of lactose. The lower amount of lactose combined with the probiotics which break down the lactose make it easy to digest and lactose-intolerant friendly!

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Check out these recipes that use Greek yogurt:

http://www.oikosyogurt.com/greek-yogurt-recipes/all-recipes/roasted-red-pepper-aioli.aspx

http://www.oikosyogurt.com/greek-yogurt-recipes/all-recipes/sweet-summer-smoothie-with-oikos.aspx

 

Written by Courtney Miklos, Volunteer

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