One of the hottest current food trends is Greek yogurt. You have probably noticed that the dairy section at your local grocery store is suddenly full of countless Greek yogurt options. You will find Greek yogurt, not just in traditional yogurt cups, but also in smoothies, granola bars, ice cream, covering raisins, and more.
Food fads come and go, and a sense of skepticism is a good rule of thumb. Does Greek yogurt live up to its hype? Is it really a powerful super food, deserving of its sudden popularity?
The surprising answer is: yes! Greek yogurt is a fantastic food to include in a healthy diet. Check out some of the health benefits of Greek yogurt below:
A recent study also found that Greek yogurt may contribute to weight maintenance and help to address obesity by contributing to the overall health and nutritional improvement in those who consume it. This is particularly important to note for the elderly, who are inclined to gain weight as they become less physically able and active in life. For many, the consumption of yogurt has helped to replace other snack foods that are poorer in nutrient value and higher in calories. In women, Greek yogurt has also been associated with higher HDL cholesterol–the good cholesterol that keeps our hearts healthy. When it comes to weight maintenance, a healthy metabolism is important.
Greek yogurt has also been shown to correlate with reduced blood pressure, a lower BMI and many more factors associated with metabolic variables and weight loss and maintenance. Now that you’ve learned about a myriad of reasons for incorporating Greek yogurt into your diet, it’s always crucial to make sure that you still using discernment when shopping in a market over-saturated with “Greek yogurt” options.
When it comes to choosing the right Greek yogurt, don’t get tricked by the “Greek yogurt” label – just because Greek yogurt has been included doesn’t mean the product is healthy. Ice creams, granola bars, and even yogurt cups can be loaded with added sugar, cancelling any of the health benefits from the yogurt itself. Stick to plain Greek yogurt with fresh fruit, or the light, low fat varieties in your diet program.
Greek yogurt is surprisingly versatile – able to replace a variety of unhealthy foods. Standing in for cream cheese, sour cream, butter, mayonnaise, and oil – Greek yogurt can be used in baking, sweet desserts, savory dishes, party dips, smoothies, and more. With endless possibilities, Greek yogurt can help you stay healthy, while still enjoying flavorful and complex foods. With thousands upon thousands of recipes available – take a look at how you can substitute Greek yogurt in your favorite meals. Try starting off with 100+ recipes, beautifully photographed, then visit Serious Eats Greek yogurt recipes. Find a star dish to enjoy again and again, or get ideas for a whole year’s worth of meals.
On the Medifast 5&1 plan, 12 oz. fat free or 2% plain Greek yogurt can be used as the “lean” portion of your Lean & Green meal. Not a fan of plain Greek yogurt? No problem! Adding a Medifast Infuser is a great way to liven up plain Greek yogurt.
Make Greek yogurt part of your 2016 health diet plan.