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As we all know, there are numerous health benefits of making yogurt a part of our daily menu. It can also be safely consumed by people who are lactose intolerant. Yogurt is a very good source of calcium and potassium. There are many types of yogurt available in the market from full fat, low fat to the probiotic ones. Yogurt is an incredibly versatile food item and it can be used for making a variety of dishes and condiments like sauces, desserts, smoothies and salad dressings. Another type of yogurt that is very popular nowadays is Greek yogurt. It is a yogurt that is more creamy with a thicker consistency than regular yogurt.
Difference between Greek Yogurt and Regular Yogurt
Manufacturing Process
Manufacturing Process
Plain yogurt has 3 times more calcium than Greek yogurt
Regular yogurt: It is made from milk - cow's milk, goat's milk, or the milk of sheep. Yogurt is formed when a specific strain of bacteria is introduced in the milk in a controlled environment and is allowed to ferment. After fermentation, yogurt becomes thick and custard like in texture, with a very subtle tangy taste.
Greek yogurt: It is made exactly like regular yogurt; the only difference being that once the bacteria strain has been added to the milk, the mixture is allowed to rest in a cheesecloth that drains away the liquid whey. This draining of the excess liquid whey, makes the resultant yogurt very rich, creamy and thick, that makes it an excellent toppings for desserts.
Nutritional Value
Greek yogurt
Greek yogurt with honey and nuts
The main difference between Greek yogurt and regular yogurt is that Greek yogurt scores more in nutritional value. Greek yogurt is strained three times, as opposed to two times for regular yogurt. Since so much of liquid whey is removed during its triple straining process, Greek yogurt is very rich in protein.
Greek yogurt has twice the protein content of regular yogurt, which is great news for those people who are vegetarian and do not get the recommended amount of protein in their diet. It also has a lower amount of carbohydrates than regular yogurt. While the amount of carbohydrates in regular yogurt is around 12 gm, that of Greek yogurt is around 4 gm for 6 oz serving.
The most important difference in the nutritional profile of Greek yogurt and regular yogurt is that Greek yogurt contains around fifty percent less sodium than regular yogurt. Additionally Greek yogurt is lower in sugar than regular yogurt.
During the triple straining process for Greek yogurt, when all the liquid whey is removed, some of the calcium too, is removed. This is why regular yogurt has three times as much calcium than Greek yogurt and is therefore great for people who need more calcium in their diet.
Greek yogurt has a lower potassium content than regular yogurt. Every 6 oz serving of Greek yogurt contains around 120 mg of potassium whereas regular yogurt contains around 398 mg of potassium.
Uses
Greek yogurt is excellent for making yogurt-based gravies, as it does not curdle when cooked in high temperature. Traditionally, for a yogurt-based sauce/gravy, the preparation has to be first taken off the heat, cooled, and then, regular yogurt should be added. But Greek yogurt can be added directly to the hot dish, without any fear of curdling.

And if you are wondering, how to make Greek yogurt at home, then it is a very simple process. Just strain homemade yogurt in a cheesecloth and allow all the excess water to drain away.
After reading all about the differences between Greek yogurt and regular yogurt, if you still can't decide which is better for you, why not keep both in your refrigerator. Use Greek yogurt for making dips, parfaits and gravies and regular yogurt for salad dressings and desserts. Either way, both these yogurts are way better than indulging in ice creams and other high calorie snacks and desserts.