• Food for Thought: Greek Yogurt Facts

  • by Lauren Russell

According to The Atlantic, Greek yogurt sales skyrocketed from $60 million in 2005 to $1.5 billion in 2011, and it continues to rise. While there are a number of theories as to why it gained so much popularity, one fact remains true. Greek yogurt is healthy for you.

Health Benefits

Greek yogurt is strained yogurt that no longer contains its whey. Differences between Greek yogurt and regular yogurt include a thicker, richer, and creamier consistency and a more tart or sour taste. It also contains less sugar than regular yogurt and features other health benefits, including:

  • It contains probiotic cultures that offer intestinal and digestive health.
  • It contains a good amount of protein, which repairs cells and helps you feel fuller longer.
  • It’s rich in calcium, a nutrient that promotes healthy bones, skin, and blood pressure.
  • It delivers energy with its high amount of vitamin B-12.
  • It is low in sodium and lactose, which some people have too much of in their diet.
  • Its bacterial cultures can help your immune system.

Uses

To get the most health benefit, you should eat plain Greek yogurt – not the pre-sweetened kind. Flavored Greek yogurt tends to have more sugar in it than you may realize. You can enjoy it plain or add your own sweetness to it by pairing it with fruit or drizzling honey over it. In cooking, use it as a lower calorie option than sour cream or crème Fraiche. It’s also the main ingredients in tzatziki sauce, which goes great with hummus and pita. Some people like to blend it into smoothies as well for a healthy protein shake with less sugar.

You can also use it in your beauty routine. Smother it on your skin for a moisturizing face mask. Add a conditioning treatment into you routine by applying it directly onto your hair.