Yogurt lovers: Is Greek yogurt as healthy as they say? Here’s the scoop
Let’s talk yogurt!
Yes, those little cups of vitamins and minerals that many nutritionists say are essential for a healthy diet.
But how healthy are they? And which ones are the best for you?
When it comes to yogurt, variety is key. Low-fat, high calcium, Greek, plain, flavored, even sprinkled yogurts are full of good things, like protein, and nutrients.
“They keep us full for a longer period of time, they are good for maintaining and building muscle mass over a course of a life span, and many of them are rich in calcium and vitamin d and they contain that live and healthy bacteria that’s good for the digestive tract,” Registered dietitian Marie Spano said.
But sometimes it’s tough to decide which one to choose.
Nutrition experts say it all depends on what you are looking for.
Greek yogurt seems to be the hottest item in the dairy section these days.
Packed, sometimes with twice as much protein than regular yogurt, many people say they like it for its consistency and taste.
Greek yogurt differs because the whey, or liquid top in regular yogurt, is filtered through, which makes Greek yogurt creamier and gives it a tangier flavor.
If you’re trying to loan up on calcium, or watching your fats, salts and sugars, dietitians say it’s best to read the labels, because different brands have different nutritional content.