3 gm fat
1 gm sat fat
0 gm trans fat
1 gm fiber
3 gm protein
220 mg sodium
I love the book, "Eat this, not that" and as a gourmet food-loving Registered Dietitian and calorie-conscious health food nut, I'm always looking for healthier alternatives to packaged foods I grew up with and that many friends, family and loved ones still consume. This blog compares common brands with what I deem as a healthy alternatives -- either because it is lower calorie/fat/carb/etc., organic, and/or contains better-for-you ingredients.
You can’t argue with a culture that produced one of the healthiest diets in the world AND created national democracy—two things I am grateful for in my everyday life. So it’s no wonder I think so highly of Greek yogurt. So much so, it’s my breakfast staple.
The market has been deluged with Greek yogurt products. Household name brands such as Dannon and Yoplait now offer their versions of this strained yogurt, and it seems like natural food stores stock a new brand each week. I found my favorite:
Chobani Greek Yogurt (blueberry flavor), 6 oz
0 g fat
20 g carbs
14 g protein
65 mg sodium
20% Daily Value for calcium
Ingredients: Cultured pasteurized nonfat milk, evaporated cane juice, blueberries, natural flavor, locust bean gum, pectin. Contains live active yogurt cultures (S. Thermophilus, L. Bulgaricus, L. Acidophilus, Bifidus, L. casei).
Fage Greek Yogurt (blueberry/acai flavor), 5.3 oz
0 g fat
18 g carbs
11 g protein
50 mg sodium
15% Daily Value for calcium
Ingredients: Grade A pasteurized skimmed milk, sugar, blueberries, water, acai puree, corn startch, natural flavors, lemon juice concentrate, xanthan gum. Contains live active yogurt cultures (L. Bulgaricus, S. thermophilus).
Why? Frankly, they’re both pretty close health-wise. While Chobani has only 3 more grams of protein than Fage, I’ve found this combined with my morning cappuccino (adding more protein) keeps me full until lunch, all for less than 200 calories. Chobani also contains more strains of live and active cultures, which are “good” bacteria that keep our gut ad immune system healthy. Chobani also offers more calcium, which is especially great for women (though men need adequate amounts, too). And, I’ve found the taste of Chobani less puckery-sour and more mellow than Fage. Finally, both companies have Greek roots in their management and formulations, and both are produced in the U.S. (Fage is made/sold in Greece, but the U.S. version is made in America).