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Food Yogurt's Progress

Food Yogurt's Progress

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Updated: October 2, 2012 10:56AM

Q. I hear competing claims for yogurt. Which one is actually best?

A. Deciding whether a food is healthful can be really difficult, especially when food companies market their products in such clever ways. It’s hard to decide between foods with healthful components. For this food fight we’ll explore regular and Greek-style yogurt.


Greek-style yogurt contains less water than regular varieties. This creates yogurt with tangier flavor and thicker consistency; this also affects the nutrition facts. One cup of non-fat plain Greek yogurt has 80 calories and 13 grams of protein. The calcium and vitamin D content of all yogurts will vary from brand to brand.

Any flavored yogurt will have added sweeteners.


The same 1 cup portion of nonfat plain regular yogurt has 107 calories and only 10 grams of protein. Flavored regular yogurts typically also rank higher in the added-sugar department. The good news is, whether it’s Greek or regular, both offer tummy-pleasing probiotics.

There certainly are a lot more choices of regular yogurt on supermarket shelves, and with that variety comes a lot of junk. Many of the regular yogurt brands contain thickeners, stabilizers, processed sweeteners and artificial colorings. The super-low-cal yogurts are the worst culprits because they are also full of artificial sweeteners.

Courtesy Dana Angelo White on foodnetwork.comScripps Howard

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