Creamy and high in protein, Greek yogurt is a tasty alternative to the traditional variety of yogurt that has lined supermarket shelves for years. The Greek variety of this dairy snack or dessert is thicker than traditional yogurt, thanks to a liquid whey-straining process during manufacturing. Although Greek yogurt contains fewer carbohydrates than its traditional counterpart, it's also often high in fat. If you're on a diet, choose low-fat or nonfat Greek yogurt.
It's All Greek to You
Plain, nonfat Greek yogurt contains 59 calories per 100 grams, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. As such, a 170-gram, single serving of Greek yogurt has 100 calories. Traditional, plain, low-fat yogurt has a slightly higher caloric content, according to the USDA. Per 100 grams, this form of yogurt contains 63 calories; a 170-gram serving of traditional yogurt has 107 calories. Flavored yogurt is higher in calories than plain yogurt because of added sugar to create the flavoring.
- The Globe and Mail: Sweet on Greek Yogurt? Here's the Skinny
- U.S. News & World Report: Greek Yogurt Vs. Regular Yogurt: Which Is More Healthful?
- U.S. Department of Agriculture National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference: Yogurt, Greek, Plain, Nonfat
- U.S. Department of Agriculture National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference: Yogurt, Plain, Low Fat, 12 Grams Protein Per 8 Ounce
- Canadian Living: How to Choose the Best Greek Yogurt
- Huffington Post: Greek Yogurt Recipes: 21 Yogurt Recipes To Try Out This Summer