Written By Guest Writer Edibles / One ingredient Feb 22, 2012 The Skinny on Luscious Greek Yogurt SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Liberte's 0% plain Greek yogurt, served with a drizzle of honey and fresh raspberries Photo by Ellie ShorttIt began with a recommendation from your health-conscious friend for better digestion and overall well-being. Then you started seeing it in your small local organic grocery stores, eventually spreading to the larger ones and now, it’s even a Starbucks snacking staple. Greek yogurt has become one the most talked about and celebrated new foodsof the past few years. So is it just a fad, or is it really that much better for you than regular yogurt? Firstly, many feel that it definitely tastes better. Thick, rich and decadent, Greek yogurt feels like more of an indulgent dessert than the thinner, sometimes watery standard counterpart. This unique texture is the result of straining off the whey, leaving a creamier yogurt with nearly twice the amount of protein as traditional varieties (a typical 6-ounce serving contains 15-20 grams, equivalent to the amount in 2-3 ounces of lean meat) with the same amount of calories. And if that’s not enough to get you leaping to your feet and running to the nearest grocery store, it also has fewer carbohydrates and less sodium as well as a higher calcium content than traditional yogurt. The decreased carbohydrate content is due the straining process, removing some of the milk sugar and resulting in roughly half the carbs as the regular kind (5-8 grams per serving compared with 13-17). Milk sugar, or lactose, is also what often triggers sensitivities to dairy products, making Greek yogurt more lactose-intolerant friendly. Remember though that both Greek and traditional yogurts can contain high amounts of carbohydrates if they’re sweetened with sugar or similar agents, so your best bet is to read the label carefully, or go with plain Greek yogurt and add your own sweetening, so you can control the amount of sweet stuff going in. In terms of Sodium, a serving of Greek yogurt averages 50 milligrams, roughly half the amount of traditional yogurt. In addition, a 6-ounce cup of Greek yogurt typically supplies about 20 percent of the daily recommendation of Calcium, and while it’s a bit less than traditional yogurt, a handful of almonds sprinkled on top will offer the remaining 10 percent of the daily recommended dose. So, Greek yogurt has fewer carbohydrates, less sodium, and a good dose of calcium, not to mention it is wonderfully delicious and satisfying. But are there any downsides to this exotic dairy product? Unfortunately yes. Most Greek yogurt ranges from 5-12% fat content, which adds to the luxurious flavour and texture. However, almost all brands are now coming out with almost equally delicious fat-free versions that truly offer the best of all worlds. One large bonus is that Greek yogurt is more concentrated than traditional yogurts and contains a higher percentage of probiotics, demonstrated to have remarkable heath benefits aiding digestive issues and alleviating ulcers, allergies and lactose intolerance. Probiotics also enhance immune function and protect against colon and bladder cancer. So if you really must opt for the high fat version of Greek yogurt, you’ll be comforted in knowing that there are so many other things working in your favour, a few extra calories are fine as long as your general diet is healthy and balanced. Like regular yogurt, Greek yogurt is fantastic solo, or missed with fruit, nuts or granola. You can also use it as a sour cream substitute for dips, or even to replace the eggs and oil in baked goods. And because of its thick texture, it’s an excellent replacement for fatty ingredients like cream cheese, mayonnaise, and butter in dishes like potato salad, egg salad, pasta salad, and coleslaw. So now that you’re ready to make Greek yogurt a staple in your fridge, here are some local grocers that offer this wonder food. Planet Organic. 3995 Quadra Street, Victoria. (250) 727-9888 www.planetorganic.ca Greek Gods: honey, originalLiberté: organic raspberry, organic blueberry, 0% plain, 0% vanilla, regular plainOlympic “Krema”: vanilla, plain Lifestyle Markets. 2950 Douglas Street, Victoria. (250) 384-3388 www.lifestylemarkets.com Liberté: 0% date and fig, organic blueberry, organic raspberryGreek Gods: honey, plainOlympic “Krema”: plain, vanilla Aubergine Specialty Foods. 1308 Gladstone Avenue, Victoria. (250) 590-1031 www.auberginefoods.ca Greek Gods: plain, honey Market on Yates. 903 Yates Street, Victoria. (250) 381-6000 themarketstores.com Liberté: organic 0% vanilla, organic 0% plain, regular plain, regular vanillaDanon “Oykos”: strawberry, honey, vanillaOlympic “Krema”: vanilla, plain, lemon-passion fruit, café-mocha, strawberry, honeyAstro; plain, strawberry, vanilla Peppers. 3829 Cadboro Bay Road, Victoria. (250) 477-6513 peppers-foods.com Greek Gods: plain, honey, strawberry, honey-vanillaLiberté: wild blueberry, mango orange, honey, date and fig, organic plain, organic blueberry, organic raspberry, organic vanillaDanon, “Oykos”: vanilla, plain Country Grocer. 4420 West Saanich Road, Victoria. (250) 708-3919 www.countrygrocer.com Greek Gods: plain, vanilla, strawberryLiberté: 0% raspberry, blueberry, vanillaOlympic “Krema”: plain, vanilla, café latte Thrifty Foods *Most locations offer Liberté, Olympic “Krema,” Greek Gods, and Danon “Oykos” brands, with specific varieties differing between each location. For a list of Thrifty Foods locations, please visit their website at www.thriftyfoods.ca. Additional Links: Liberté Yogurt: www.liberte.caGreek Gods Yogurt: www.greekgodsyogurt.comOlympic Dairy: www.olympicdairy.comAstro: www.astro.ca Ediblesyogurt SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Guest Writer We get many people writing guest articles for us, as well as past contributors. This is the Guest ... Read More You may also like EAT Magazine News / Food News November 30, 2020 CITY EATS December 2020 | January 2021 A new bakery has opened in the Leland building at 2506 Douglas St. Working Culture Bread is serving up naturally leavened sourdough breads, as well ... 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