Yoghurt is a highly nutritious food that is rich in protein, calcium, riboflavin, vitamins B6 and B12. It also contains a lot of healthy live bacteria culture (just like Yakult) that is good for the stomach. Protein helps promotes satiation, which means that you are less likely to reach out for another snack since you feel already feel full. Yoghurt is also said to have many health benefits, including the promotion of fat loss, and strengthening of the immune system. Best thing is, there are so many easy ways to eat this healthy food: as a snack, as a dip, or added in smoothies.
Before you head out for the nearest Frozen Yoghurt (or Froyo) joint for your snack fix, note that the health benefit of yoghurts are maximum when taken natural. Sugar-laden yoghurts may be delicious, but they counteract many of the positive effects of taking yoghurt.
Regular vs Greek Yoghurt
Regular yoghurt and greek yoghurt are both healthy additions to any diet given the amount of nutrition and vitamins it packs. Greek yoghurt is processed differently from regular yoghurts – it is strained many times to reach its thick and creamy consistency. I imagine it as a more concentrated version of the regular yoghurt. Due to this process, greek yoghurt contains twice the amount of protein as compared to regular yoghurt. It also less likely to upset the lactose intolerant since its straining process removes some of the lactose. Greek yoghurt is also ideal for low-carb dieters since it contains half the amount of carbohydrates as its regular yoghurt counterpart.
When I got to the supermarket counters, I was immediately greeted by so many yoghurts touting the words ‘greek’ which got me really excited! Which do I choose?!
Faced with so many brand to choose from, I decided to narrow down my search using the cost perspective. I noticed that most of the yoghurts costed around the same, with the exception of one – Fage 0. This wordy, plain and small tub seem to cost four times more than the other yoghurts. It contains half the amount of yoghurt (each container weighs 500g) as compared to its greek counterparts, yet it costs twice as much (Fage 0 costs around $12 while other greek yoghurts cost around $6)! Out of curiosity, I decided to consult its nutritional profile. Fage yoghurt contains 10g of protein per serving (57 kCal), while other greek yoghurts contained around 4-6g protein of protein per serving. Fage yoghurt fits the nutrient profile of greek yoghurt while the other greek-style yoghurts had profiles looking more like regular yoghurts.
Greek Yoghurt and Greek-style Yoghurt are not the same!
With only Fage as a comparison, I had to go online to find out whether greek and greek-style yoghurt were really different. Apparently, the difference in greek yoghurt and greek-style yoghurt also lies in the difference in the way it was processed. As explained earlier, greek yoghurt is strained until it reaches that rich and thick consistency. On the other hand, greek-style yoghurt tries to mimic this consistency by adding thickening agents such as cream, gelatine, gum blends. In summary, greek yoghurt is the real deal -packing more nutrient in less weight, while greek-style yoghurt is just artificially bulked up.
Also, check the nutrition label before purchasing!
I recently spotted Greek Yoghurt by Jalna at Jones the Grocer. I was really excited to try a different type of ‘Greek Yoghurt’, but a quick check of the nutritional profile indicated that it was not what I was looking for: it contains more carbohydrates than protein. It is really interesting to note that even though it is 97% fat free, it contains much more calories and carbohydrates than Fage 0. It is likely that in order to reduce the fat, starches, gums and even gelatine were added to improve the texture. This resulted in the increase of sugar content in the yoghurt.
Where to find Greek Yoghurt in Singapore?
Fage yoghurt is stocked in Cold Storage and Jones the Grocer, and it comes in 0 or 2% fat. I have yet to come across any other Greek Yoghurts or yoghurts with similar nutrition profile.
I like to eat my yoghurt as a snack. Being fuss-free, I like to mix 1.5 serving of Fage yoghurt mixed with one-third scoop of chocolate protein powder. I find that this proportion tastes really refreshing, yet not too overly sweet. It’s a fantastic dessert since it satisfies my sweet tooth, and is packed full with nutrients.
Is Yoghurt already part of your diet? Which is your favourite brand of yoghurt?