Is Greek Yogurt Healthy or Just a Greek Myth?
Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at 7:30PM
Mike Dillman in Dillman, Raw diet tips, diet, food, greek, health nutrition, mike, raw, raw-vegan, vegan, yogourt, yogurt, youghurt

One of the trendy new food products on the grocery shelves today is greek style yogurt.

Like many of the buzz words of years past and present (think acai, goji, maca, hemp...), greek yogurt is hardly a new product at all.  Especially if you're Greek.  It's just new to the mainstream North American market.

Like most social epidemics, it's difficult to figure out where the original source of the excitement was, but it should be safe to assume the push comes from someone with a vested interest in selling the stuff.

Apparently, greek yogurt is the newest superfood, the next big thing, the food you can't afford to be without, a vital additon to your healthy diet... yada, yada, yada.  You know the drill.

So, what is it, exactly?  Greek yogurt differs from the "usual" yogurt in that it's made with a blend of cream and milk.  This leads it to have a particularly high level of milk fat -- around 10%, rather than the typical 0.1% to 3%.

If you read the favorable press on greek yogurt, you'll hear that it has some notable traits that offer supposed health benefits.  I'm inclined to disagree with these claims very much. 

If you've been reading my blog for long, you'll recognize that greek yogurt is nothing exceptional.  It brings nothing new to the table, and is simply more of the usual misguided beliefs and half-truths about what a healthy diet is.

Feel free to join me in brief jaunt as we debunk the myths of the benefits of greek yogurt one by one.  The following italicized text represent various comments I've read online and paraphrased for our purposes.

"Greek yogurt is a great source of protein with almost twenty grams on average per eight ounce serving.  And we all know that more protein is a good thing because it makes us feel full longer, helping us lose weight, right?"

No. Trying to trick your appetite by eating heavy, hard to digest foods (like high-fat, high-protein dairy products) is not the answer to weight management.  The key is to eat nutrient-rich foods with an abundance of vitamins, minerals, soluble fiber and simple carbohydrates to give your body everything it needs to excel (i.e. fresh fruits and vegetables).  Once you do this, your body will no longer be craving for its unmet nutritional needs, and you'll find your appetite obeys itself very nicely.   

"Greek yogurt is lower in carbohydrates than most standard commercial yogurts, making it a good choice for keeping blood sugar levels under control."

Wrong again.  Greek yogurt is very high in fat, which is bad news -- particularly if you're diabetic.  The best way to correct blood sugar imbalances over the long term is to eat a diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables.  It's important to understand the massive difference between the ultra-refined carbohydrates found in unnatural, processed foods (like white flour and sugar) and the natural simple ones found in fresh, raw fruit (our perfect food).  One is a monstrosity that wreaks havok on our bodies, while the other is the best source of energy we can find.  You don't want to avoid carbohydrates.  Far from it.  The key is to go with the mangos and bananas, not white sugar and candy bars.

"Other health benefits of Greek yogurt include lower salt content than standard yogurt."

Somebody's really scraping the bottom of the barrel here, now.  Okay, so greek yogurt has less salt than the typical yogurt.  Less of a bad thing does not make for a good thing. If you're concerned about your salt intake, start by doing something that makes a real difference -- and I don't mean choose a new brand of yogurt. 

Transform your life by embracing a diet that's loaded with raw fruits and vegetables.

Jumping on the next big trend and making some minor variation to your menu is pointless.  It doesn't get you anywhere, and you might as well not bother.  If you're not happy with they way you feel every day, it's time to try something new.

Reassess where you are and where you want to be.  If you're ready to take the next step and give a raw-vegan diet a try, I'm here to help.  Take a complimentary peek at my book, Real-World Raw: The Busy Person's Guide to the Raw-Vegan Diet.  You have nothing to lose, and who knows, you just might find it to be the best health move you ever make!

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