The benefits of Greek Yogurt

December 6, 2012

We all know that yogurt is a healthy food which can be taken in the morning as breakfast, in between meals as a snack and in combination with other foods as part of regular meal. It served in many international cuisine restaurants. Yogurt is also an essential Mediterranean diet food and part of the Mediterranean diet.  The Greek yogurt is a variety of yogurt which is very popular among the healthy eating population.

What is the Greek Yogurt?

One may very reasonably ask what the Greek yogurt is. What is the difference between Greek yogurt and regular yogurt?

Yogurt is considered to be a Mediterranean food as all of the countries of the Mediterranean Sea use yogurt in their diet and include yogurt in many of their foods, side dishes and salads.

The etymology of the word yogurt comes from the Turkish word yoğurt which means coagulated or to thicken. This offcourse refers to the process for making yogurt from milk.

The Greek yogurt is yogurt which has been strained. By straining the yogurt we essentially remove the whey giving a thick consistency to yogurt which gives it the velvet texture liked by people of all ages and sex.  Whey is the liquid which remains after the mik has been coagulated and strained.  By straining the whey we additionally remove lactose and sugar but we keep the proteins. So one can can safely deduce that we keep the healthy components of yogurt and remove the unwanted surplus componets. This is an ideal and desired process by all of the dietitians and these are the two things dietitians want.

So Greek yogurt is in simple words, strained yogurt with all the healthy benefits which come with it.

The benefits of Greek yogurt

Greek yogurt is a creamy delicious dairy product whis is more than a regular snack and it is the kind of food which is adored by all and as they say it goes with all. The heatlhy benefits of Greek yogurt fall into many categories. Some of the most important benefits are listed below:

Greek yogurt contains a lot of proteins: Greek yogurt has double the proteins than other yogurts have and this because it is strained and the strained quantity is about half of the original unstrained quantity. Statistics about protein content indicate that Greek yogurt has as much protein as meat, and in fact 8 ounces of greek yogurt contain the same protein as 3 ounces of chicken fillet. What is benefit of protein? While Protein gives you the feeling of fullness and keeps you away from other fatening temptations it builds and maintains the body muscles.

Greek yogurt is a source of calcium:  Greek yogurt is an excellent source of Calcium. Calcium is needed for the growth and wellbeing of our bones. It is also needed by our teeth and central nerve system. The quantity of calcium in greek yogurt varies from one yogurt to the other we must make sure that read the labels. The sure thing is that any kind of greek yogurt will have the bare minimum of calcium which would satisfy the daily needs of our body.

Low Sodium content: One of the benefits of greek yogurt is its low sodium, salt, content. It has upto 50% less than the rest of the yogurt types and this is beneficial for most people since the majority of people are looking for food which has low salt contents. As a reminder please note that high salt concentration in the body  is responsible for high blood pressure.

Low in carbohydrates: If you are one of the people who is looking for food with low carbohydrates then the Greek yogurt is one of them. One cup of Greek yogurt contains .3 ounces of carbohydrates versus .5-.6 ounces per cup that the ordinary yogurt can have, more than 33% less carbohydrates. Who might want food with low carbohydrates? The low-carb dieters like the diabetic people.

Greek yogurt is part of the Mediterranean Diet

Greek yogurt is definately part of the mediterranean diet. If you look at the Mediterranean diet pyramid you can clearly see that yogurt is one of the dairy foods which is recommended to be consumed daily in moderate amounts and preferably in the low or non fat prepartions. The emphasis is given in the calcium content of yogurt and the beneficial effects it has on the bones and heart.

Greek yogurt and weight loss

Greek yogurt is definately one of the weight loss diet foods and almost all diets include it their weekly diet plan. Several diets have indicated that eating yogurt helped people lose weight especially in the stomach area while at the same time they have not lost muscle tissue and thus they stayed fit.

Greek yogurt is not a fashionable food. İt is a healhy food which has survived through the centuries, is part of the mediterranean diet and is also part of many international cuisines such as the Turkish cusine, the Indian cusine and Lebanese cuisine. Greek yogurt  is a way of living.

Andrea Aurelio
About the author

Andrea Aurelio adopted the Mediterranean diet and the Mediterranean way of living after evaluating a series of diets and realizing that the Mediterranean diet is a proven diet and the best way to adopt a healthy lifestyle. You can connect with him on Google+, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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