Greek yogurt: A new, healthier twist on a classic food
Courtny Gerrish, Tim Meulemans
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MILWAUKEE - It is a new twist on an ancient food. Greek yogurt is one of the fastest growing segments of the food industry, with sales now topping a billion dollars.
Like most people, Milwaukee resident Mara McGhee tries to be healthy. She exercises, and she watches what she eats.
So she was willing to try the latest health craze--greek yogurt.
There is a lot to like according to Nicole Fasule, a dietitian at Froedtert and the Medical College. She says any yogurt is good for you. It helps in digestion. Its packed with calcium and other vitamins, but greek yogurt takes it a step further
"Typically you will find greek yogurt to have 12 to 24 grams of protein in it. Versus a regular yogurt having about 5," Fasule says.
Producing greek style yogurt uses twice as much milk as regular. Which is why it has more protein, and why it costs more.
"Definitely more expensive because the greek yogurt is more concentrated, it requires more milk for production," Fasule explains.
For Mara, it's not about the cost or the protein. For her it all comes down to flavor.
"It tastes thicker and better, I would yeah... I get the big deal. I totally do. I don't know if I'd rush out and buy it right now, but I can see the difference and I can see why people like it," Mara says.
All yogurts have sugar. To make any style of yogurt healthier, nutritionists say you should buy plain or vanilla flavor and add your own fresh fruit for taste.