Greek Yogurt & Its Benefits

If you're tired of the thin, runny consistency of regular yogurt, consider switching to Greek yogurt. Traditional Greek yogurt was made from sheep's milk, but today Greek yogurt means any yogurt where the excess liquid has been strained out during the processing, leaving it with a creamy, rich, dessert-like texture that doesn't require stirring before eating. Greek yogurt also offers many health benefits in addition to good taste.

High Protein

Greek yogurt contains almost twice the protein of regular yogurt, according to food editor Kate Chynoweth of Pittsburgh Magazine. After the whey has been strained out during the processing of Greek yogurt, only solid protein remains, making the protein content higher, and more concentrated and beneficial. One cup of Greek yogurt contains 20 grams of protein, compared to 1 cup of regular yogurt that has 12 grams of protein.


Greek yogurt has higher amounts of beneficial probiotics than regular yogurt. Probiotics are live bacteria cultures that help to maintain healthy digestion and also boost immunity. Regular yogurt contains at least two different strains of probiotics, but Greek yogurt can contain up to six strains of probiotics.

Easier To Digest

The high levels of probiotics in Greek yogurt aid in converting milk lactose into lactic acid, making Greek yogurt easier to digest, especially for those who are lactose intolerant and unable to easily digest regular yogurt.

Low In Carbohydrates

Greek yogurt is lower in carbohydrates than regular yogurt, making it beneficial for weight control, according to Jordana Brown, writing in Flex magazine. One cup of regular yogurt contains 16 grams of carbohydrates, compared to Greek yogurt, which contains 9 grams of carbohydrates or less.

Less Sodium

Greek yogurt is much lower in sodium than regular yogurt, making it a healthier choice if you're watching your salt intake. One cup of Greek yogurt contains 65 mg of salt, while 1 cup of regular yogurt has a higher level of 159 mg of salt.

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