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The Health Benefits of Greek Yogurt

Updated on July 31, 2013
A fruit salad topped with Greek yogurt.
A fruit salad topped with Greek yogurt. | Source

The Many Health Benefits of Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt is a creamy, delightful, and decadent food that is an excellent healthy choice for a plethora of reasons. Many people are choosing Greek yogurt over regular yogurt because of certain health benefits that Greek yogurt provides that regular yogurt does not. Greek yogurt provides healthy benefits such as a pack of protein, live active cultures, less sugar and carbohydrates than regular yogurt, a great source of calcium and potassium, extremely versatile, and so much more. Greek yogurt is not only healthier for the average person to consume, but it has a much more delightful flavor and texture to make anyone enjoy it. Greek yogurt is one of the greatest foods to eat when dieting or if one just desires to live a more healthy and active lifestyle.

A Punch of Protein

The best benefit of Greek yogurt is that it is loaded with protein in every serving. Regular yogurt has a small amount of protein, but Greek yogurt has a whopping twenty-three grams of protein in every cup. Protein has a ton of benefits and helps one build muscle and almost everything else in ones body such as skin and cells. One serving of Greek yogurt has just as much protein in it as a skinless chicken breast. A high protein diet also helps one feel more full for a much longer period of time.

A Load of Calcium and Potassium

Calcium is a necessity in the body to build great bone and teeth health as well as fantastic heart and nerve function. Just as calcium, potassium is also crucial for human consumption. Potassium is necessary for the heart, kidneys, and all of the other organs to function properly. Every Greek yogurt has different levels of calcium and potassium so one should always make sure to check labels for the exact levels of these minerals before purchasing Greek yogurt (Green Mountain Creamery has the highest levels of calcium and potassium to my knowledge).

Probiotics and Live Cultures

Greek yogurt has probiotics and live cultures which is extremely helpful for digestive and gut health. Probiotics helps by keeping good bacteria in ones gut which aids in great digestive health (yes, some bacteria is actually beneficial for our bodies). Probiotics and live cultures also boost ones immune system and keeps one healthy and well. Just make sure to check if the label says live and active cultures on the label if your worried about gut and digestive health!

Less Sugar and Carbohydrates

An abundance of sugar and carbohydrates can be extremely detrimental to ones health and diet. Simple carbohydrates and sugar spike one insulin too quickly and stores in the body as fat and can also cause detriment such as type two diabetes. Greek yogurt has way less carbohydrates and sugar than regular yogurt and so much more protein, which only aids the body into great health.

Versatility

Greek yogurt is extremely versatile and can be added and mixed with different foods and consumed in so many different ways. Greek yogurt gives a creamy texture and delightful flavor to any dish and when consumed on its own it can help curb sugar and sweet cravings. One can add fruit and cereal to Greek yogurt for breakfast. Greek yogurt can be used as a condiment on top of salads and spread on bread for sandwiches for lunch and dinner. Greek yogurt can be mixed with peanut butter and banana and then freeze for a snack that will trick the taste buds into believing one is consuming ice cream. Greek yogurt is so versatile that it should be in the refrigerator in everyones household!

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    • Abby Campbell profile image

      Abby Campbell 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Great information on Greek yogurt, JamiJay! :-)

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Great info and I love yogurt and healthy ideas. Up and sharing.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I love Greek yogurt, so it's nice to see a list of its benefits. I like how you included links to many of your delicious and healthy recipes, too!

      Thanks for sharing this wit us, and have a wonderful day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      mylindaelliott 3 years ago from Louisiana

      I love Greek yogurt but I didn't realize it was such a good source of protein. The picture looks delicious. I need to go fix some now.

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      Mario Psomas 2 years ago from Europe

      I like homemade yogurt, especially the Greek version. Your hub gave me a detailed insight of it. Thank you for publishing it.

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