Greek yoghurt has traditional been classed as somewhat unhealthy, thanks in part to its relatively high fat content. It’s also thicker and creamier than normal yoghurt, leading many to think it must be bad for you. Yet while Greek yogurt does contain more fat and calories than regular yogurt, it also boasts more protein and way less sugar and carbs, making it perfect for those following a ketogenic diet (its lower sugar content means it’s great for diabetics too).
But is it actively good for you? The answer is yes! Plain Greek yogurt is a nutrient-packed snack that has many health benefits. That increased protein content helps the body build bones, muscle mass, and cartilage, and helps maintain healthy skin and hair. Protein also provides energy, and is important for the immune system, nerves, and fluid balance.
Something else that helps with bone density and building strong muscles is calcium, and Greek yogurt is full of it – a one cup serving has nearly 19% of the Daily Value (DV) for calcium. Organ function benefits from a calcium-rich diet too, and as your body does not produce it on its own, it’s important to eat foods containing it – particularly for the young and the elderly. B-12 too, the vitamin that helps red blood cells to form, brain functions, and DNA synthesis; one serving has around 21% of the DV of B-12.
Greek yogurt is rich in probiotics, the healthy bacteria that help boost the immune system and decrease stomach issues such as diarrhea, bloating, and pain. It’s also been suggested that probiotics can influence the brain, reducing a tendency for distress and thoughts about sadness.
All this protein and calcium means Greek yogurt is a great post-workout food, or as a snack for those with healthy, active lifestyles. It’s rich in the amino acids which are the building blocks for regenerating muscle tissue and repairing fiber damage, and so can help the body recover after exercise.
And far from causing weight gain, Greek yogurt can actually help with weight loss. That increased protein content keeps you feeling fuller for longer and as an excellent source of iodine, helps maintain proper thyroid function, which is essential for a healthy metabolism. For people with weight problems, increasing iodine levels in their diet increases the thyroid’s activity which, in turn, increases their metabolism and promotes weight loss.
Typically, Greek yogurt is free from certain chemicals and compounds, and tends to be produced in more natural ways. This means they contain no thickening agents, such as starches or gelatin, no modified food starch, and no pectin. It’s also unlikely to have any added sugars.
All in all, it adds up to a great addition to a balanced diet, and a versatile ingredient that has many health benefits. At Buffalo Market, we carry a wide range of yoghurts to satisfy everyone’s likes and desires, and we’ve got plenty of Greek yogurt too, including organic and various flavoured options. Add some to your cart today, and see for yourself why millions have already added it to their diet.