Recently from the advice of a friend I tried something different in the dairy aisle. Usually I stick to specific dairy foods, as to not upset my fragile digestive track. For weeks I had seen a small section for something called “Greek yogurt” I never thought twice about it until I saw a sale sign on the section last Sunday. Being open to new things and ready for a change I picked up one of the containers to skim over the nutritional information. I was shocked at what I read and moved a bit to the right and grabbed my regular yogurt to compare facts. I admit I was extremely impressed with the Greek yogurt – it contained NO fat! A fat free snack? I’m all about it!
Afterward, I looked at the fat and protein in the Greek yogurt which had all natural strawberries at the bottom; it contained 14 grams of protein and had less than 150 calories. This completely sold me. I figured even if it tasted like crap at least it was extremely healthy for me. It couldn’t hurt so I bought 5. Three days later I found myself back in the same spot buying more flavors, as to take advantage of the sale. I picked up, vanilla, honey, strawberry and peach each was fat free and had a significant amount of daily protein and calcium.
Who knew Greek yogurt was just what I had been unknowingly looking for. It’s not as sweet as regular yogurt and it has a thicker, creamier consistency. Apparently the Greek have used a centuries-old straining process that removes more of the whey (liquid) from the yogurt.
On the nutritional side I found out researchers around the world are studying the potential attributes of live and active cultures in yogurt. These cultures help with preventing gastrointestinal infections, boosting the body’s immune system, fighting certain types of cancer and preventing osteoporosis. They also help to break down the lactose in dairy, thus making it less likely to cause gastrointestinal discomfort.
The brand that I bought is called Chobani, but there are various others.