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Is Greek yogurt healthier than regular yogurt?

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Though most experts agree that Greek yogurt has a nutritional edge over regular yogurt and other varieties, all kinds can help you lose weight by keeping you full on fewer calories. The key is sticking to plain, nonfat or low-fat varieties. Research suggests that yogurt can help keep age-related weight gain in check. In one study, for example, people tended to lose nearly 1 pound every four years if they added a daily serving of yogurt to their diet, probably because of the way bacterial cultures affect our intestines. And a review of 17 studies suggests yogurt consumption “is associated with lower body mass index, lower body weight/weight gain, smaller waist circumference and lower body fat in epidemiological studies,” according to research published in 2016 in the International Journal of Obesity. “Well-controlled, adequately powered trials in research and community settings appear likely to identify a modest but beneficial effect of yogurt consumption for prevention of weight gain and management of obesity,” the authors wrote.


Greek yogurt typically has more protein than regular yogurt (about 16 gm. versus 6 gm.), but it is not necessarily more healthy. No matter what type of yogurt you choose, look for one that is fat-free or at least low-fat and that is not loaded with sugar. Plain yogurt will obviously not have added sugar; and, typically, yogurts that are 100 calories or less for a 6 oz. container will be moderate in added sugar.

—-Answered by Maxine Smith, RD, LD.

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