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Greek Yogurt 101: Your Questions Answered

March 23, 2015

A few years ago, Greek yogurt exploded in popularity. No matter the reason, Americans began embracing this option head-on, and the trend has continued – so much so that over the past year, 60 percent of households have purchased Greek yogurt.

While many Americans may now enjoy this protein-packed food, some may have lingering questions about the differences between Greek and regular yogurt.

How is Greek yogurt different than regular yogurt?

While the process for both types of yogurt starts the same, Greek yogurt is made when regular yogurt is strained a great deal to remove the liquid whey. This results in a thicker yogurt.

What are the nutritional differences?

Compared to regular yogurt, Greek yogurt contains twice the protein, half the sugar, half the carbohydrates, less sodium, and less calcium (although this can vary depending on the brand).

Why is it called Greek yogurt?

The term “Greek” became synonymous with this thicker type of yogurt when the founder of Chobani, Hamdi Ulukaya, decided to label his company’s yogurt as “Greek.” Greeks actually call this type of yogurt “straggisto,” which means strained yogurt.

While yogurt – either variety – can be a delicious part of a nutritious breakfast, there are many ways to enjoy, including a savory snack and other recipes.

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