Greek Yogurt Vs Regular Yogurt
There are a few main differences between Greek yogurt vs regular yogurt. Most of these differences have to do with texture and nutrition and cooking value. However, true Greek yogurt uses goat's or lamb's milk. Instead, what most Americans regard as Greek yogurt is actually Greek style yogurt.
A person will notice the difference in Greek yogurt and regular yogurt texture right away. Greek yogurt is strained up to three times which removes most of the water and whey. This makes the Greek stuff firmer and creamier. Regular yogurt makers will try to make their stuff thicker with different thickening agents like pectin but a true yogurt aficionado (if those people actually exist) will notice this right off the bat.
The nutritional value in Greek yogurt beats the regular yogurt as well. Greek yogurt has twice as much protein and half the carbohydrates as the regular stuff. However, with the removal of the whey it is also much creamier and therefore contains more fat. Take the good with the bad here and decide between taste and nutritional value versus one that will make you want to stay on the treadmill for fifteen minutes longer.
Greek yogurt is usually better to cook with than regular yogurt, as well. In a lot of cases, when a chef uses regular yogurt to cook, it will curdle, making the chef very unhappy. If you've ever met a chef, then you know they can have pretty big tempers. Think Gordon Ramsay. Greek yogurt's thickness is also a great substitute for sour cream and has a longer shelf life than regular yogurt because of the lower whey content.
And lastly, Greek yogurt's unique make-up is said to be great for those with high blood pressure. Make sure to give some to a chef. It will help keep them more balanced.