Health & Medical Eating & Food

The Greek Yogurt Storm

The current fad of yogurt, courtesy of the Greeks, might have you wondering what all the sudden fuss is all about. Mesmerizing, poetic commercials voiced by the perfect baritone have left you and many Americans besides, storming out of their homes to the supermarkets and picking up yogurt (not just any kind, of course, but ones labeled Fage and Chobani) in record numbers, as shown by statistics.

Fact is, many people love the smooth, extremely rich and creamy Greek yogurt that is markedly lacking in sugar. And then, when they hear the health benefits, they go back for doubles!

Back in Greece, Fage yogurt isn't merely some run-of-the-mill treat that people eat once in a while; it is actually considered almost a national pastime. The company responsible for it also provides the majority of the dairy products for the island nation and surrounding locales, and Greek yogurt is a staple of the diet - it's not just eaten plain, but used in all manner of dishes as toppings, condiments, and ingredients.

If you would try Fage instead of sour cream or cream cheese for a month, you would almost certainly notice positive health benefits, including a reduction in weight - and all this without doing anything else, such as exercise.

Fage Yogurt Benefits

Yoplait and other Western yogurts usually have about 7 grams of protein per serving; this is the first place where Greek yogurt truly shines. Fage has 20 grams of the muscle-building and repairing stuff in a single cup, without adding much in the way of calories to get there.

Indeed; a cup of Fage Total has 40% fewer calories than a similarly-sized cup of the other kinds of non-Greek yogurt, while providing triple the protein and active bacterial cultures that both aid digestion and burn fat.

If you opt for the flavored Fage Greek yogurt, then you still come out ahead health-wise, when compared to other types. There's substantially less plain Greek yogurt in these cups, with plenty of fruit filling (natural) and the sugar increase to match. At under 200 grams with the honey, strawberry, blueberry, cherry and peach varieties, Fage still makes for a full meal that you can be satisfied is quite healthy and filling.

A note on the sugar content of the flavored varieties of Fage: it ranges from 15 grams per servin on the low end, to 28 grams of sugar in the honey option. Given that the average American gets well over 80 grams of sugar per day - and that a can of soda has anywhere from 40-60 grams, this isn't much, especially if Fage is used as a substitute for some of the things you already eat, instead of in addition to them.

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