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YOGURT

YOGURT

Yeah, you read it well…yogurt, not the heavily sweetened and flavored store bought ones but simple and natural plain yogurt. Whether you are adding it into a smoothie, enjoying it or swapping it as a low calorie option compared to other ones yogurt is a very healthy treat that is popularly known and enjoyed by many.

Researchers, nutritionists and doctors recognises  yogurt as a powerhouse of nutrition for everyone. A serving of yogurt is packed with power boosting nutrients and vitamins known in combating common medical issues. For extra hydration and quick muscle repair after workout I take greek yogurt.

Both Greek and regular yogurt, in their plain, nonfat or low-fat forms, can be part of a healthful diet. They’re low in calories and packed with calcium and live bacterial cultures. But Greek yogurt—does have an undeniable edge. In roughly the same amount of calories, it can pack up to double the protein, while cutting sugar content by half. Those are “two things dietitians love,” says Dawn Jackson Blatner, a registered dietitian and author of The Flexitarian Diet.

Here’s a closer look at how the two stack up nutrition-wise.

 Protein- Greek yogurt is high in protein, which helps promote fullness. A typical 6-ounce serving contains 15 to 20 grams, the amount in 2 to 3 ounces of lean meat. That makes it particularly appealing to vegetarians, who sometimes struggle to get enough of the nutrient. An identical serving of regular yogurt, on the other hand, provides just 9 grams, meaning you may feel hunger pangs sooner.

Carbohydrates- Going Greek is a smart choice for low-carb dieters. It contains roughly half the carbs as the regular kind—5 to 8 grams per serving compared with 13 to 17. Plus, process removes some of the milk sugar, lactose, making Greek yogurt less likely to upset the lactose-intolerant. Remember, however, that “both types of yogurt can contain high amounts of carbs if they’re sweetened with sugar or another high calorie sweetening agent,” says Kari Hartel, a Missouri-based registered dietitian. “No matter which type you choose, opt for yogurt with less added sugar.

Lets take a closer look:

1 cup plain low fat yogurt:

  • Calories-154
  • Sugar-17.2g
  • Carb-17.2g
  • Sodium-172mg
  • Protein-12.9g
  • Fat-3.8g
  • Cholesterol-15mg

1 cup plain low fat Greek yogurt:

  • Calories 120
  • Sugar-4g
  • Carb-8g
  • Sodium-70mg
  • Protein-22g
  • Fat-2g
  • Cholesterol-2g

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When buying yogurt, read the nutritional information, don’t just buy.

 

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