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If I were a dairy product…

Posted Sep 30 2010 12:00am

If I were a dairy product, I would be… GREEK YOGURT!!

There are many dairy products to choose from like milk, regular yogurt, kefir, and cheese.  Yet, I choose Greek yogurt over all the rest and here are a few reasons why.

  • Greek yogurt has a custard-like texture. The straining process for Greek yogurt removes more of the liquid in the yogurt, leaving it creamy and thick.
  • The versatility of Greek yogurt makes it a winner hands down! Plain Greek yogurt can be used instead of sour cream on a baked potato or replace most of the mayonnaise in a potato salad.  Greek yogurt can quickly switch gears from savory to sweet. It can be a dessert-like snack. Try a Chobani Greek yogurt with fruit on the bottom!
  • Like yogurt in general, Greek yogurt has the healthy little bugs we call probiotics in it.   Greek yogurt is more concentrated and has more strains of probiotics- up to six strains compared to the typical two in other types of yogurt.  Probiotics research suggests that they improve immunity and digestive health.
  • Greek yogurt is higher in protein than any other dairy product per serving. A serving of Greek yogurt has at least double the protein of regular yogurt.  This protein is a belly bonus because it helps keep you satisfied longer.

Greek yogurt has health benefits and culinary versatility. Why not add it into your diet today! Pair Greek yogurt with a fruit or chopped walnuts for the perfect snack or add it in place of sour cream. You will be pleasantly surprised (and satisfied).

Another great post by Janet Zimmerman, a University of Memphis Nutrition Student and Schilling Nutrition Therapy, LLC Intern. You can follow Janet on Twitter as well at

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