The Great Yogurt Debate: Who Comes Out On Top?

Since Greek yogurt became one of the “it” foods in the nutrition world a few years back, there has been a lot of debate. Which is better? Greek or regular yogurt? Fruit or plain? Full fat or low fat or 2% or non-fat?

Here’s a graphic from Prevention that sums up the benefits of both … and shows that Greek does come out on top:


As a general rule, regardless of if you choose Greek or regular yogurt, pick plain over flavored. The taste may be a little more bitter than you’re used to, but add some fresh fruit, and you’ll get the added benefits of real fruit – minus all the sugar (seriously, take a look at the sugar content of plain vs. flavored – especially those fruit at the bottom varieties. It’s usually at least double – sometimes triple – the sugar content of plain yogurt, regardless of if it’s regular or Greek). My personal favorite, and my breakfast during the week: plain Greek yogurt (a big tub of the non-fat from Trader Joe’s lasts me about five days), blueberries, sliced strawberries, and pomegranate seeds, mixed up with a little cinnamon. If I’m in the mood for a crunch, I’ll add 1/3 cup of Kashi Go-Lean Crunch Honey Almond and Flax. Tasty and healthy start to the day!

One last thought: I’ve heard rumor Icelandic yogurt could be the next one in the line of good-for-you dairy products (though good luck finding it outside of Whole Foods or natural grocers at this stage). Guess we’ll see!