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Choosing yogurt

For this food fight, we’ll explore regular and Greek-style yogurt. Which one is the better choice?


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 (comparison to regular yogurt is below). The calcium and vitamin D content of all yogurts will vary from brand to brand, so check labels.

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.