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Protein Power: Your Guide to Greek Yogurt
by Mitzi Dulan, RD, America’s Nutrition Expert®
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Feb
16
2010

Now that you’ve heard about Greek yogurt, one of the newest protein superstars out there, the next step is figuring out which one to buy!  Greek yogurt is really starting to make its mark in grocery stores, with new brands popping up all over the place.  It is thicker, richer and nutritionally superior to most other yogurt since it is higher in protein and lower in sugar. It helps to keep you satisfied which is always important when you are trying to lose or maintain your weight. Let’s take a look at 5 of the more popular varieties and explore their nutrition facts.

Oikos (Plain, Non-fat)Oikos

8 oz serving
Calories: 130
Fat: 0 g
Carbohydrates: 9 g
Protein: 23 g
Sugars: 9 g
Sodium: 95 mg

Chobani (Plain, Non-fat)Chobani

8 oz serving*
Calories: 133
Fat: 0 g fat
Carbohydrates: 9 g
Protein: 24 g
Sugars: 9 g
Sodium: 107 mg

Fage (Plain, Non-fat) Fage

8 oz serving
Calories: 120
Fat: 0 g
Carbohydrates: 9 g
Protein: 20 g
Sugars: 9 g
Sodium: 85 mg

Brown Cow (Plain, Non-fat) Brown Cow

8 oz serving*
Calories: 121
Fat: 0 g
Carbohydrates: 9 g
Protein: 23 g
Sugars: 9 g
Sodium: 91 mg

Greek Gods (Plain, Non-fat) Greek Gods

8 oz serving*
Calories: 80
Fat: 0 g
Carbohydrates: 13 g
Protein: 8 g
Sugars: 9 g
Sodium: 140 mg

*Note: All nutrition information has been calculated for an 8 oz serving in order to make an accurate comparison, but some of these brands are sold in 6 oz or 5.3 oz servings.

The verdict?  Well, there can be big differences between protein and sugar content so make sure you read the labels. My top picks are Oikos, with the added bonus of being organic, and Chobani. Greek Gods has the lowest calorie content per 8 oz serving (1 cup), but also has the lowest protein and the highest sodium values.

Fage has the lowest amount of sodium, with 85 mg.  This sodium value does tend to fluctuate a bit more between brands, so if you’re trying to reduce your salt intake, it’s definitely something to watch out for!  Another thing to keep in mind is that the sugar content will increase with the flavoured versions – so you can also buy the plain and top it with your own fresh fruit instead. Always remember to read the Nutrition Facts tables on all products so that you can make an informed decision – don’t be fooled by any health claims!

What about you?   Anything surprise you about their nutrition information?  Which kinds of Greek yogurt have you tried?

With assistance from Megan Skinner

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2 thoughts on “Protein Power: Your Guide to Greek Yogurt

  1. Thanks for the tips on Greek yogurt. I have tried it before and really like it. I will have to take some of your suggestions when I am at the store. It is a good idea to get protein in the morning to help stay full until lunch time!

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