The thicker, creamier Greek yogurt provides 50 percent more protein and 50 percent less sodium and carbs

By Eloisa Lopez | Photo by Yanina Trekhleb/Unsplash

There’s always been confusion between regular yogurt and Greek yogurt.

Greek yogurt has been hyped for being “healthier” than the other. Many supermarkets have embraced the craze, even giving the “Mediterranean” yogurt its own space in the dairy aisle.

The truth of the matter is, Greek yogurt is just regular yogurt strained with a cloth or filter to get rid of excess liquid. This process is what makes Greek yogurt noticeably creamier and thicker than the regular varieties, making it an effective substitute for sour cream and other creamy ingredients. This same process is also why Greek yogurt contains higher amounts of protein and probiotics.

Greek yogurt contains more or less double the amount of protein than regular yogurt. As you may already know, protein is the macronutrient that builds muscle and strengthens bones. If you’re a vegetarian or just don’t feel like eating the usual protein sources such as meat and fish, Greek yogurt is a great alternative. It can be eaten on its own either as a snack or dessert or even as a post-workout meal.

The truth of the matter is, Greek yogurt is just regular yogurt strained with a cloth or filter to get rid of excess liquid. This process is what makes Greek yogurt noticeably creamier and thicker than the regular varieties, making it an effective substitute for sour cream and other creamy ingredients

Probiotics, on the other hand, are live bacteria and yeasts, which, as gross as it sounds, are good for the body. The “good” bacteria is what protects you from “bad” bacteria, which are often obtained from food, wounds, and the environment. Probiotics also enhance the digestive system, which is helpful for those with problems in bowel movements.

For those who are conscious about their sodium and carb intake, Greek yogurt has about 50 percent less of both than regular yogurt. In many ways, Greek yogurt trumps the other varieties in terms of nutritional benefits. The only con one might take from this superfood is its lack of calcium, which is stripped away during the straining process.