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FAQ: What's The Difference Between Greek Yogurt and Regular Yogurt?


Chobani Yogurt

Chobani's line of Greek-style yogurt is made in Upstate New York, and has successfully marketed its health benefits to the US market with the tag line "Nothing But Good."

Image Courtesy of Chobani

FAQ: I've been hearing a lot about Greek yogurt, and my supermarket's dairy section suddenly seems full of the stuff. What's the difference between Greek yogurt and regular yogurt, anyway?

Answer: Unlike regular yogurt, Greek yogurt is strained. Straining removes liquid whey, along with some of the salts and sugars dissolved in it. The result is a yogurt that is denser, thicker, creamier, and higher in protein than conventional American-style yogurt. 

While full-fat Greek yogurt is especially rich, straining yogurt made from low-fat or non-fat milk still yields a thick, creamy product. Greek-style yogurt has been very successfully marketed in the U.S. in recent years by companies touting its low-fat, probiotic-rich, high-protein nutritional profile along with its indulgent texture.

Popular Greek yogurt brands in the U.S. include Fage, Chobani, and Stonyfield Farm's Oikos line.

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