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THE GOODS ON GOING GREEK. About 7 ounces of Fage whole-milk Greek yogurt has 190 calories, a massive 18 grams of protein (about twice that of regular yogurt) and just 8 grams of suga. Greek yogurt is a current cash cow (pun intended), pulling in a whopping $3.5 Billion allegedly in sales this past year (source). People cannot get enough of it; demand has skyrocketed. Old-fashioned Greek yogurt is made with goat’s milk while American yogurt, and many of the American-made “Greek-style” products, are made from cow’s milk. (“Greek-style” yogurts may also contain thickening agents like condensed milk or gelatin.) All yogurt starts out the same, with milk and live cultures.

Want to know the truth about Greek yogurt? Greek yogurt is made by vigorously straining regular yogurt—that’s why it’s so thick and liquid-free. In fact, it takes four ounces of milk to ultimately result in just one ounce of Greek yogurt.

Misconception #1: Greek yogurt is always healthier than regular yogurt. Yogurt is produced by the bacterial fermentation of milk (usually cow’s milk). Greek yogurt takes it a step further by straining out whey (the watery part of milk) and lactose (milk sugar. The Truth About Greek-Style Yogurt Originally aired on 2/05/2018 Chef Michael Psilakis breaks down the differences between regular, Greek, and Greek-style yogurt production. are made differently. The.

It’s true that Greek style yogurt is nutritionally superior to regular yogurt, and it’s an especially wise choice for anyone watching their weight. With double the satiating protein than regular. Greek yogurt is a popular choice among the health conscious because the whey has been strained out and what’s left is a creamy and protein rich treat. People in the west are also becoming. Yogurt is a fermented dairy product that’s popular worldwide.

In recent years, a specific type called Greek yogurt has taken off among health enthusiasts. Both Greek and regular yogurt are. The production of Greek yogurt operates somewhat differently than that of conventional varieties.

Namely, it yields huge quantities of acid whey, a byproduct that kills aquatic life during.

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Greek yogurt is also lower in sugar and higher in the probiotic cultures that are helpful for healthy digestion.

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It is absolutely NOT true (and is never true) that the organisms used to culture yogurt get killed by the acidity of the yogurt.

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Greek yogurt was not some secret recipe someone whipped up in their garage – and Chobani obviously had some early fans.

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Greek yogurt is not known as “Greek yogurt” in Greece?

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Yogurt holds the secrets behind good health and nutrition, which have not been completely understood even after 5000 years of consuming it.

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Flavored Greek yogurts are packed with added sugar, whereas plain Greek yogurt contains only the sugar that’s naturally present in the milk, about 8 grams per 6 ounces versus 16 to 20 grams in fruit— or honey—flavored varieties.

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Greek yogurt is a natural probiotic, a good bacteria that helps maintain the health of your gastrointestinal tract and boosts your immune system.

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More recently, a yogurt with a high level of milk solids (∼20% total solids with ∼10% fat) has appeared on the commercial market, and this so­called ‘Greek­style’ yogurt has proved popular as a base for ‘party dips’ like ‘tzatziki.’

“Encyclopedia of Dairy Sciences” by John W. Fuquay, Paul L. H. McSweeney, Patrick F. Fox
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Greek yogurt in particular is typically much higher in protein and lower in sugar overall.

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Research on the health benefits of active, live cultures in yogurt isn’t conclusive.

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HMH Books, 2012

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  • If I never get hunger for candy or some fat foods… I eat thin rye bread, and after that I have no hunger for some tasty treats, FR Im not joking, I’m just finnish!

  • You have to add in carbohydrates turn into glucose (blood sugar) which raises the total amount of sugar in a serving size. Also vanilla extract and cinnamon do contain sugar.

  • we in Bulgaria also use our yogurt for a face mask and after sun burn treatment. In both cases just get some from the container and slap it on your skin. When you get a sunburn, slap a thicker layer on, relax infront of the tv, it gets absorbed by the skin. the moment you place it, the pain from sunburn stops. and if you leave it for over two hours, your skin becomes as smooth as a babys skin. I have an oily Tzone, and when i use yougurt as a face mask, my skin imediately becomes matted, as if Ive used powder. I also have circlesmaround my eyes, and unlike other creams, Bulgarian yogurt, once placed on my eye lids, doesnt smear, doesnt iritate my eyes
    If you dont believe me? Try It.

  • its really depend on what company you choose & nutritional facts down there, you mention beans has more sugar and my favorite company has 4g of sugar for every 100g…

  • Thanks for sharing the food/nutrition videos. My favorite type of yogurt is plain Icelandic yogurt. It’s even thicker than Greek…I also use it as a good cream cheese substitute for desserts.:-)

  • Trap foods-very helpful. Used to pile up deli foods thinking Ill eat some protein! Eek ate a lot of black forest ham and mortedella

  • dont worry bout the fat… just be active and eat healthy.. you need fat to make use of a lot of vitamins and other nutrients xD  I wheep for humanity, what a retarded video

  • Loved the video but last time I checked the statistics on Yogurt consumption in this country the rate is over 5 million cups a day and not a million cups a year as was mentioned in the video. And that’s a good thing for this seriously healthy food!

  • I love yogurt but I definately can’t think about what it is! lol One day I do want to make my own BUT the easiest method I’ve seen requires an instapot which isn’t cheap! I know there’s other ways but my kitchen is timtom tiny!

  • Very good explanation! Just mention next time that in the Bulgarian Sour milk(I am not going to call it yogurt, it`s different), that the bacteria are in a very stable symbiotic relationships. This is the reason why they are able to ferment they way they do. And this is the difficult part in fermenting the product. BUT the good news is that they are prone to want to be in a symbiotic relationship and they more or less work with you. ALSO-Greek yogurt is strained OVERNIGHT. One more difference-when you incubate the milk, Bulgarian sour milk is NEVER STIRED!

  • You’re so right. That plain Greek yogurt is so tart by itself! I really like the idea of adding vanilla extract and cinnamon. I’ll have to try that! Do you have any videos talking about your take on 0%fat yogurt vs 2%? I’ve heard good and bad and would love to hear your point of view in a video!

  • yeah right it s like she said don’t eat greek yogurt because of the fat which is like ice cream??? she didn’t even mention that without the fat the absorption of the good nutrients is less.

  • 3:20 ��. Granola Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!! I eat all in moderation. It’s been at least 4 weeks since l ate 4 tablespoons of beans. Deli meats are a no no.

  • i eat either fake greek yogurt or home made kefer and add frozen berries, if buying shop yogurt i make sure the carbs are under 7g per 100g

  • I guess this explains that since I’ve been eating 64 ounces of nonfat greek yogurt a day I’ve become and working out I’ve become vascular af!!

  • Was eating plain Greek yogurt during this XD. I got it because it has more protein and fat than the flavored ones and I’m trying to keep my weight up, plus you can use it in cooking or making dressings etc. c: enjoy

  • “Fake chicken or ‘ficken’ as I call it”… Well I’m now absolutely gonna point out that “ficken” is the German word for “fucking”. If that pun was intended, kudos to you, Jeff! If not, I think it’s kinda funny nonetheless.:-D

  • Both of them taste really good. Its shame that no on in Bulgaria is advertising good enough the Bulgarian yogurt the way greeks do it.

  • we eat plain Greek yogurt at my house. my son loves it! he’s 9 months old and I mix the plain chobani with his pureed baby food. I’m glad it’s the best option for us and him!

  • This is glorious, I been tryin to find out about “10 most fatty foods” for a while now, and I think this has helped. You ever tried Meyaanit Fatty Escapeify (do a google search )? Ive heard some pretty good things about it and my buddy got cool success with it.

  • great information! another thing to note is the price on those ones you showed with 18 and 16 g of sugar they are so expenive not to mention packed with sugar. as where the non-fat greek stuff in my opinion is (HUGE container from SAMS) is under $3.00 and lasts me about 10 days

  • More fat content in yogurt is absolutely fine and healthy as long as the sugar content is low. Mixing fat and sugar is not a good combination but fat with protein is a healthy choice. Too many people are scared of fat when around 60% of your brain is fat. Your body needs it! The secret is the right combination of foods and not eating all day but having around 1 to 2 meals daily and preferably in a 2 to 6 hour eating window.

  • Yes, I try to eat a good amount of greek yogurt. I have B12 anemia, and I give myself shots monthly, but I still try to eat what I can. Also, protein because of my CFS/ME. Great video c:

  • At first this tasted like straight of acid, but after the 1st week I got used to the taste and still try to eat Greek yogurt everyday.

  • What’s funny is that all the Greek yogurt brands are not the same as the ones we have in Greece. They basically sell them everywhere else but in Greece it seems. Kinda weird. I hadn’t even heard of Chobani until a few minutes ago. Not a single one of the popular Greek yogurt we eat here in Greece was even mentioned in this video.

  • And we are thinking about why Balkans are the gunpowder warehouse of Europe:read some comments,and you will understand that,Bulgarians are planning to exterminate Greeks FOR the yogurt!
    Good God!

  • Fantastic video about Greek Yogurt, I was looking for more information about it and your video answers every single important thing I need to know about it, perfect!

  • Many of those are fake greek yogurt. Instead of straining out the whey, concentrating the protein, while reducing the sugar, they add thickeners. The thing about the Oikos brand, is that it was used by Stoneyfield, which makes real greek yogurt. Due to the popularity of Oikos, Dannon bought the rights to use the Oikos name simultaneously for about a year while Stoneyfield Oikos was slowly phased out. Also Yoplait greek yogurt, was not only not greek yogurt, it wasn’t yogurt at all. After a lawsuit, they began making actual yogurt, but their regular line is still a mixture of industrial by-products thickened with fish gelatin to mimic yogurt, with none of the healthy bacteria.

    Also, just because you don’t like something, doesn’t mean it tastes bad. You don’t seem to understand that your opinions are subjective, and not objective. If you’ve ever wondered why people like ugly colors, while you like pretty ones, it’s because your opinions are just that, opinions.

  • The yogurt you guys are eating in the States is definitely not a Greek yogurt. It is unfortunately just a brand name. You need to come to Greece in order to eat the original thing

  • Food shouldn’t be delicious.That’s one reason why Americans are so obese. Food is to keep us alive. I would eat the plain yogurt. Eat to live not eat to indulge. Well except on cheat days. Everything in moderation right.

  • Sorry guys but as Greeks from Greece told me the other day, the stuff that is sold in America is Greek in name only. It is not actually Greek yogurt; they said it doesn’t even taste the same.

  • I’ve been binging on your videos and I love them! Most brands of plain Greek yogurt are too tart but the Fage 2% is so smooth and creamy. I totally recommend it.

  • I have to unfollow because it’s clear by this you guys don’t even do your research. So now I question everything I’ve ever heard from this channel. Never encourage dairy. It is never healthy to drinking the milk that is meant for the offspring of another species. It has growth hormones that are incompatible with our physiology and can cause hormonal disruptions in us. Among many many other unsavory side effects. If you need probiotics, there is an organic vegan brand called Ora. Comes in powder, a whole month’s supply which you can take in distilled water, or add to smoothies, etc. All the nutrients nd benfits people think they get from dairy can be supplied by ORGANIC FRUIT AND VEGETABLES. And in much more sufficient quantities. I’m sorry, but this video and everything in it is a load of hog wash.

  • I would have expected the regular yogurt to have more protein content considering the fact that whey where most of the protein is, is strained out to make greek yogurt.

  • Beware viewer! Chobani is not an actual Greek yogurt. It is not produced in Greece! The term “Greek” is a non-protected term that was used by the Chobani company to trick its customers into associating the product with famous Greek yogurt. However, it’s actually produced in New York. Fage is, on the other hand an authentic Greek yogurt. Buy Fage, who doesn’t lie to you about the product that it is.

  • I can’t do Greek yogurt. Idk what it is, maybe the texture since it’s so thick. Love regular yogurt though. can you do a skinny on just regular yogurt? or just recommend one that isn’t filled with ingredients I can’t pronounce lol please

  • As a Bulgarian I am happy to see that some people know about our yogurt. It is not really sweet, but it has not a lot of calories and it is quite tasty. We add it to so many foods.

  • But… Some lactose is bad. Took much Fat is not bad for your weight. Too much fat is bad for the heart. But, unsaturated fats are good. That’s why people LOVE avocado. Avocado has good fat. More than 29 grams of saturated fat is bad. But, trans fat is.worse. The FDA ban trans fat. So, eat your avocado with tomato,.onion, pepper, and sunflower/olive oil without worrying.

  • Love this. As a big yogurt fan, I wanna ask how do you choose regular yogurt? I don’t really like greek yogurt cos they are too thick.

  • I eat guacamole once or twice year (but eat avocado), don’t buy ‘low fat’ cakes/muffins (I bake occasionally, modifying original recipes accordingly it requires a lot more effort, so I can’t be bothered to do it more often), I stopped buying fruit yogurts long time ago (I buy natural yogurt & eat it with fresh fruit instead), I don’t like baked beans but my boyfriend loves them (we make the effort to buy low sugar varieties; our diet incorporates a lot of other beans), I used to make my own granola (but now we’re huge fans of porridge oats), I eat sushi…every few years, stopped drinking fruit juice years ago (eat a piece of fresh fruit instead & in moderation), I excluded deli meats completely over the past 7 years. None of this happened suddenly. It was more of a gradual change & became our lifestyle. When I walk to a food store nowadays, 75% of products become ‘invisible’ because of what they contain…

  • I got Greek yogurt from the market and I tried it and it taste like cream cheese it taste pretty disgusting to me and I put strawberries in it and it tastes all right I guess doesn’t really taste the best that’s why I’m watching this the reasons I should eat it

  • I am binge watching all your “The Skinny on” videos. These are really helpful! Could you make one about pasta? Is there really a better choice? I buy whole grain ones but idk.. I recently cut down the carbs a lot but I miss pasta!! Keep up the good work, I luv u girl xo

  • she is dead wrong on the sugar… 8 grams/ serving max..not 20… I always get the oikos with 6g of fiber as well triple zero mixed berry is my favorite