Sunday, February 17, 2013


So, I was sitting at a frozen yogurt joint the other day with my boyfriend, and naturally we were discussing food...then yogurt, then the difference between greek and regular yogurt. My guess was that it just containted more protein, but there was more to it. So I did my homework and found out:

Greek Yogurt: Contains more protein per gram than regular yogurt, also less sugar and carbohydrates. Here's the takes about 4 times as much milk to make than regular yogurt. Therefore if you're an enviromentally conscious person, it doesn't look too great on your record, since the dairy industry (besides mistreating their animals and feeding them anti-biotics which are then ingested in your body) leaves a big eco-footprint. The waste of the animals really hurts our environment and disrupts its natural habitat. Check out the movie 'Vegucated' or 'Forks Over Knives' if you want an inside look on the real story of farm animals now-a-days.

So what now?
If you are looking for a healthier alternative but still want your daily fix of yogurt, there are still some options for you.

Soy yogurt: Aside from being dairy free, another benefit of eating soy yogurt is that is helpful in blocking enzymes that impact carbohydrate digestion, which slow the release of glucose into your metabolism. This is great for anyone, particularly with people who have diabetes. It is second highest in the amount of protein behind Greek yogurt, so you don't have to worry about that.

Almond yogurt: A less popular but still legitimate alternative is almond yogurt. Its got the same nutrients that almonds pack, vitamin E, fiber, omega-3s, but has about 1/3 the amount of protein as soy yogurt and twice the amount of ingredients.

While there are more alternatives out there, these are the main ones that I researched, and my conclusion is that I am going to stick to soy yogurt. It leaves a small environmental footprint but still packs as much protein as a Greek yogurt would. GO SOY!!

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