Yogurt – Greek v Regular
What is the difference between Greek yogurt and regular yogurt?
Are there health benefits of one over the other? These days there seems to be a lot of hype about Greek yogurt, but is it really that much better? Let’s break things down with some pros and cons of Greek yogurt over regular yogurt.
Greek yogurt is high in protein and low in carbohydrates, fitting in with many of the latest nutrition trends. It is thick, rich and creamy. It tastes like a dessert, but can actually be good for you (depending on the brand you buy).
Greek yogurt has a large environmental impact. All of the acid whey by-product that is strained to make such thick rich yogurt has to be discarded somewhere. It can be toxic to the environment, particularly waterways, when handled improperly. Greek yogurt often has more additives and is more processed than regular yogurt. It is lower in calcium and costs about twice the amount.
So, the flavor is incredible and it tastes like a decadent and creamy dessert. But as far as nutrition is concerned, the potential environmental problems with this type of yogurt may far out-whey (pun intended) the benefits.
Here is my solution.
Buy plain cows’ or goats’ milk (organic and grass fed) yogurt, put it in a cheesecloth lined colander over a bowl and let it strain overnight. Use the liquid whey in your smoothies, or make probiotic-rich pickles. Sweeten the thickened cream with stevia or local raw honey, a little cinnamon and powdered ginger, or fruit and nuts. For a savory version, add grated garlic, chives and sea salt (to use as a dip or sandwich spread) and you’ll have a delicious, nutritious and environmentally-conscious snack that is very similar to Greek yogurt.
How do you serve your yogurt? Comment below with your favorite recipe.