Live Lean Nation, on today’s episode we’re talking about Greek Yogurt, and why you’re probably eating the wrong kind of this “health” food.
So first off, I don’t eat Greek Yogurt anymore. My body just doesn’t handle dairy very well so I stopped eating it over 2 years ago. However, if you can digest dairy, I’m sure you’ve heard of and probably tried Greek Yogurt. It’s been super marketed as a healthy and high protein alternative to regular yogurt.
Like most things in the food industry, food marketers will take something pure, and re-create it to suit the tastebuds of today’s sugar obessed culture.
This means different brands of Greek Yogurt will have different calorie amounts, different protein amounts, different sugar amounts, different ingredients list, and different processing techniques.
Next time you pick up a jug of Greek Yogurt…
In most cases Greek Yogurt should contain twice as much protein per serving as conventional yogurt.
However, depending on the straining process the company uses, the amount of protein per serving will vary.
Always read the nutrition label when comparing brands. I’ve seen some Greek Yogurt brands containing twice as much protein as other Greek Yogurt brands. This is because some food marketers skip the straining process and just add thickening agents and low quality whey protein concentrates to increase the protein amount.
Greek Yogurt is made by straining the liquidy whey from regular yogurt. This process makes it more solid and also removes some of the sugar and increases the protein content.
Therefore the ingredients on Greek Yogurt should read something like milk and live active cultures.
However, be aware, if the label says “Greek” it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s Greek Yogurt. Like I said earlier, some brands just add thickening agents and protein to the yogurt to make it look like Greek Yogurt. The good thing is you’ll see these added to the ingredients list so you’ll know better.
Unflavored Greek Yogurt doesn’t taste sweet. So instead of buying already sweetened versions where companies are adding up to 25 grams of sugar via “fruit sugar” concentrates and “evaporated cane juice” or artificial fake sugars, buy unflavored and add your own healthy natural sweeteners like stevia, fruit, or a little bit of honey.
Take back control of what you’re putting in your body.
Frozen Greek Yogurt isn’t Greek Yogurt.
Even though the calories may be similar, the overall macronutrient balance is not. Frozen Greek yogurt typically is lower in protein and higher in sugar. Not good.
As with any food decision, it’s buyer beware. Follow these 3 tips the next time you’re selecting your Greek Yogurt.
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In the comment section below, let me know what is your favorite brand of greek yogurt.
Brad Gouthro is the founder of Live Lean TV, a media company focused on helping men and women “Live Lean” 365 days a year. Brad’s programs and content have helped millions of people all over the world learn how to get in shape, and more importantly, sustain it for life.