What’s the Buzz around Greek yogurt?

Why is Greek yogurt the Kim Kardashian of the yogurt world?  Greek yogurt consumption has more the doubled the past decade. Perhaps it’s just a fad, or maybe it’s the velvety texture that makes Greek yogurt a favorite among kids and adult alike. So, let’s dive into what exactly makes it SO different.

 

The Good

It’s a powerhouse…

The main upper hand that Greek Yogurt has lies within its protein content. While regular yogurt contains a little protein, Greek yogurt comes in swinging like the hulk! The average serving size of this powerhouse type of yogurt contains 10 grams of protein per 5.3 ounces (almost twice that of regular yogurt!) Bonus? It’s a great source for omega-3’s and vitamins A and D.

It’s versatile…

Greek yogurt isn’t just known for being delicious on its own, it also knows how to be a team player. Whether it’s a smoothie, dip, bark, salad dressing, or baked goods, Greek yogurt is tasty in them all. Because it’s super healthy, it can be a replacement for other ingredients in almost anything (even brownies)

It’s tasty…

Besides its health differences, Greek yogurt has a different tang to it. First off, it’s thick (which is why it makes smoothie and dips creamier.) It’s also slightly tart, due to a lower sugar content than regular yogurt.

 

 

The Bad

It’s not the only alternative in town…

In recent years, the world of yogurt has expanded tremendously. Besides traditional yogurt, there’s Australian, Icelandic, Kefir, lactose-free and non-dairy yogurt. Non-dairy yogurt is a huge category in and of itself with options like cashew, coconut, and almond yogurt. They’re all different in their own way, offering something slightly different to the consumer. Because of these, sales of dairy yogurts have been declining.

It’s not budget friendly…

Greek yogurt is pricier than your average yogurt. This is due to a longer production process that uses more milk to create it. Though this is definitely worth it for some people, it can be a turn off to others!

Eco-friendly troubles…

In a normal yogurt production line, one cup of milk is needed to produce one cup of yogurt. When producing Greek yogurt, the yogurt itself is strained. During this process, whey, water, and lactose are removed. In turn, it can take up to four cups of milk to produce one cup of Greek yogurt. Why is this bad you may ask? Well, this leaves huge amounts of unusable whey acid, which is difficult to get rid of. Luckily, they are finding ways to utilize this waste and break it down safely!

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