Greek Yogurt vs. Normal Yogurt
Ok so I was reading 50/50 by Dean Karnazes and throughout the book he throws in bits of information regarding proper training, cross training, rest and nutrition. In one of his nutrition sections he talks about how he had cut out refined sugars from his diet and one example was switching over to Greek yogurt because "it doesn't have all the extra sugar added". Now I read this and thought, well I could probably do with some less sugar so when I went food shopping at Whole Foods I went looking for Greek Yogurt. I was dissapointed to only find a single brand, Chobani, for sale there. I bought a big one of plain and some smaller ones with fruit. I compared the lables and was shocked to see that despite what I read, that the sugar content (even on the plain) was almost identical to that of a normal serving of my Stonyfield Banilla flavor.
Are there other brands out there that one can buy? Is this what a normal greek yogurt sugar content is? Anyone have any further advantages of eating greek yogurt over something like stonyfield farm?
That sounds about right. Stoneyfield farm is an organic brand and as far as I know, they do not add sugar to their yogurt. Some other brands do add sugar. The difference is in the taste. Try some other yogurt, especially yogurt that is marketed towards kids, and it tastes like candy compared to the natural stuff. Also, some light yogurts have artificial sweeteners added.
So, greek yogurt probably does have less sugar than most other normal yogurt brands, but Stoneyfield farm makes some good stuff. IMO, stick with the natural, regular yogurt. Greek yogurt is much closer to sour cream. I don't know about you, but I'm not a fan of strawberry flavored sour cream.
Choose plain yogurt over flavored yogurt to avoid added sugar
"It doesn't have all the extra sugar added" is not unique to Greek style yogurt. Any plain yogurt contains only the sugar from the milk. Most flavored yogurts contain added sugar. If you want fruit flavored yogurt, add fresh or frozen whole fruit to plain yogurt.
Originally Posted by firefreak
So choose plain yogurt (any style) over flavored yogurt if you want to limit the amount of added sugar you are eating.
Trader Joe's has its own and another brand of Greek style yogurt, as well as a few other styles of yogurt.
Last edited by tjl; Jan. 14/09 at 05:59 PM.
Reason: The other yogurt brand name gets *ed out.
Note also that Greek yogurt is much higher in protien. I love it! The no fat variety tastes creamy and like it is fattening.
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