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Guest Post: What to Look For in a Greek Yogurt

What to Look for in a Greek Yogurt

These days, it’s hard to know who or what to believe when it comes to nutrition. We’re constantly being fed the newest trendy diet, told to avoid the latest “deadly” ingredient, all the while on the look out for the next superfood and fitness regime. In a constantly changing foodie culture, we’re actively seeking education, a healthier lifestyle; looking to become fitter, healthier versions of ourselves. But it’s not easy. Luckily, we’re friends with a few experts, like Kristen Bourque, RD. Kristen was kind enough to educate us on what to look for when choosing a yogurt. Read on for tips from the incredible Ms. Bourque.

What to Look for In a Greek Yogurt

With the increase in yogurt consumption, there has also been a bit more confusion with what to look for in a Greek yogurt.  Not every yogurt is created equal.  As a dietitian and lover of Greek yogurt, it is important that I share with you what to look for in a yogurt.

1. Pay Attention To Probiotics. Probiotics work to keep the colon (large intestine) healthy by balancing good and bad bacteria.  Probiotics may help with diarrhea from antibiotic use, lactose intolerance, constipation and much more!  Many yogurts will mention that they contain “active live cultures” but they must have the bacterial strains, Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus listed in order to get the benefits.

2. Be Mindful Of Added Sugars. Although yogurt does naturally contain sugar in the form of lactose, be mindful of added sugars which can increase the calories of your yogurt.

3. Bring On The Protein. Greek yogurts are known for their high protein content.  They have more than double of non-Greek yogurt. Chobani Greek yogurts contain a whopping 13-18 grams of protein.  Having a protein rich meal will keep you feeling fuller longer!

4. Keep the Calcium. Calcium is an essential mineral that is not only important for helping us build strong bones, but also helps our blood to clot, muscles to contract and more!  For a yogurt to be a good source of calcium, it needs to contain at least 20% DV for calcium.  This is the amount you typically get from a 6-oz serving of yogurt but check the nutrition facts on your yogurt to be sure.

5. Say no to rBST. rBST is a synthetic hormone given to cattle to increase milk production.  Although we are not aware of the long term effects of consuming rBST in our dairy, be sure to choose yogurt not made with rBST.

6. Check the ingredient list. Some yogurts are more “Greek style” and have milk protein concentrate added to them to give them the nutritional profile of yogurt, but are not actually Greek yogurt.  If you are looking for a true Greek yogurt, check the ingredient list to ensure you are getting the item you intended.

7. Keep it Simple. Overall, the ingredient list should be simple! Be sure to stay away from artificial flavors and preservatives.  If you find a strange sounding ingredient or an ingredient list a mile long, the yogurt might not be all that healthy for you.

Find out more savvy health & nutrition tips from Kristen on her blog, Swanky Dietitian!

Our finance folks advise us not to be so generous, but we can’t help ourselves! Contributors here may (read: definitely) have received some of our delicious yogurt. 

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