The Best Greek Yogurt, Types and Health Benefits of Greek Yogurt

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Choosing Greek yogurt is a matter of personal opinion. The Greek yogurt is thicker and creamier, and strained three times. Due to straining, the moisture loses, and what is left is the thicker form of yogurt. The consistency is closer to that of sour milk. It is called Greek yogurt, because the original forms of thicker yogurts were made in Greece. This yogurt is made from the milk of sheep, cow, and goat.

Other types of yogurt include frozen, custard, European, liquid, and plain. The Greek yogurt is much sweeter compared to their American and European counterparts.

Different Types of Greek Yogurt

Before deciding on the best yogurt, let us first discuss about different types of the Greek yogurts.

•    Chobani Greek Yogurt:

This yogurt, being creamy, is very thick and smooth. It suits those individuals who enjoy fruity flavours and those who also prefer sweeter yogurt. Chobani Greek Yogurt is cheaper than the other types of Greek yogurts and is devoid of GMOs or rBGH. Many consider this type to be the best simply because of the different flavours in which it is available such as pomegranate, raspberry, mango, strawberry, and banana. The manufacturers are also constantly trying to bring out new flavours. The manufacturers decide regarding the flavour based on what tastes the best.

•    Fage Greek Yogurt:

Fage Greek yogurt works well with those who prefer mild fruit flavours or prefer sweeter yogurts. This type of Greek yogurt is also very creamy, thick along with being very smooth. There is no aftertaste and no kind of bitterness after the consumption of such yogurt, which may not be in case of Chobani. Many consider the Fage to be the best Greek yogurt as it is the best for baking purposes. The reason is that, it is much sweeter than Chobani and is a very good substitute for sour cream in case of baked goods. It also works well when frosting cakes.

•    Oikos Greek Yogurt:

Oikos is creamy but it is not as thick as the other two types of Greek yogurts. It is organic in nature and has a very good taste. However, consumers of such yogurt also say about a bitter kind of aftertaste. It is for people who are not looking for too much sweetness in their yogurt and are looking for a little bitter taste. Moreover, people who prefer organic yogurt, Oikos Greek yogurt are the best for them.

Irrespective of the different types, Greek yogurt provides the following health benefits:

•    Great source of calcium:

Greek yogurt is a rich source of calcium. Calcium keeps the bone healthy and ensures proper functioning of the heart and the nerve system.

•    Healthy for the gut:

Greek yogurt increases the quantity of probiotic bacteria in the diet. Some of these beneficial for the health bacteria are:  Streptococcus thermophilus, Lactobacillus bulgaricus , Lactobacillus acidophilus and some others. They improve the immune system of the body, along with maintaining a proper digestive system and keeping the gut in optimally healthy state.

•    Good source of protein:

Greek yogurt is a bigger source of protein than the American counterparts are, as it contains double the protein than the regular ones. This protein keeps our body healthy and maintains muscle mass.

So, we see that Greek yogurt is not only tasty, but also very healthy and I recommend consuming it as often as you can whenever you can. Enjoy it :).

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