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Greek Yogurt, Yum!

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It’s on everyone’s lips, it can be used in several recipes, and there are many varieties. Of course, I’m talking about Greek yogurt! In addition to its smoothness and rich texture, this yogurt surpasses many others in nutritional value. Let me make you discover this yogurt… if you haven’t already by yourself!

Proteins

It’s the manufacturing process of Greek yogurt that provides it with such high protein content. Indeed, producing Greek yogurt requires three times as much milk as regular yogurt1. Result: Greek yogurt contains 15 g of proteins per serving of 175 g, while regular yogurt contains twice as less!

Calcium

A yogurt should contain at least 15 % of the recommended daily intake of calcium2. All Greek yogurts meet this criterion. However, some brands offer yogurts with more calcium: for example, IÖGO Greko, and Astro.

As a matter of fact, here is a comparative chart of the nutritional value of various Greek yogurts available in stores:

Yogurt
(per 175 g serving)
Proteins
(grams)
Calcium

(% daily value)

Oikos 2 % M.F., plain 18 20
Oikos 2 % M.F., vanilla 13 15
IÖGO Greko 2 % M.F., plain 17 45
IÖGO Greko 0 % M.F., vanilla 15 35
Liberté 0 % M.F., plain 18 15
Liberté 0 % M.F., vanilla 15 20
Astro 0 % M.F., plain 15 42
Astro 0 % M.F., strawberries 15 42

In conclusion, be careful to check the quantity of fat contained in the yogurt you are about to buy! Some Greek yogurts can contain up to 9 % of fat! Instead, you should choose those with 2 % fat or less.

You need ideas for recipes? Try Greek yogurt in a breakfast smoothie, use it to garnish your pancakes , or savor it with fruits as dessert!

By Vanessa Martin

References

1. Blais, Christina. « Le yogourt grec ». Internet. http://www.ricardocuisine.com/rubriques-et-conseils/chimie-alimentaire/424-le-yogourt-grec. Page viewed on September 8, 2012.

2. Fondation des maladies du cœur. « Visez santé : Critères nutritionnels ». Internet. http://www.visezsante.org/sites/default/files/mmallet/EpicerieCriteresNutritionnels_Sep11.pdf. Page viewed on September 8, 2012.


Author
Vanessa Martin

A newcomer to Nautilus Plus, Vanessa Martin holds a degree in nutrition from the Université de Montréal and is a member in good standing of the Ordre professionnel des diététistes du Québec. She also works in the hospital setting and loves to blog in her spare time. Passionate and versatile, Vanessa plans on enhancing her knowledge in the field of psychology with an eye to better guiding and motivating the habit-changing endeavors of her clients. Member of a running club, she enjoys taking part in the competitions organized in her area. Vanessa is currently training for a 21 km race and would like to run her first marathon!


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