Like any health and wellness product or service, Greek Yogurt has not escaped controversy after rising to a mainstream trend even the most novice of us all noticed. But before you add it to your diet, there are a few points of consideration, like protein content, added sugar and fat that need to be examined. Let’s take a look.
If protein is what you’re after, then Greek yogurt is a very good and feasible solution. Usually, a single personal serving of regular yogurt contains about 6g of protein, while a single personal serving of Greek yogurt provides around 12g to 20g of protein, depending on the brand. This is deal for people that train or perform intense physical activity, as it contributes to the regeneration of muscles and keeps us satisfied for longer. And because it is an animal product, the quality of the protein is considered as “high-value protein” which means our bodies absorb it up to 95%.
Be careful with the added sugar that certain yogurts have in them. If a yogurt is skimmed to make it 0% fat, that means you must add something to replace the flavor, and that something is almost, if not always, sugar. Always read the nutritional label to make sure the added sugar does not exceed 6g to 8g of fat. Many brands have almost 40g of sugar per singe personal serving, which is about 8 teaspoons of your daily recommended sugar intake, so imagine how much sugar you are really consuming if you´re not mindful about this fact!
When it comes to the fat content, Greek Yogurt tends to have about the same amount of fat as regular yogurt. Yogurt is an animal product which means that the fat content is saturated fat. As such, watch your consumption since saturated fat has been related to developing cardiovascular disease if consumed in high amounts. I generally recommend that the fat range be between 0g to 1g of fat per serving, which is totally doable since there are many fat-free variations.
Having said this, there is really no reason why not to enjoy a high-protein, low-sugar, low-fat Greek Yogurt. Just remember to read the nutritional labels and choose the best possible option available. Remember, we are what we eat, so be smart.