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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Is Your Greek Yogurt High in Saturated Fat?

The Greek Gods Yogurt

Greek yogurt is enjoying huge popularity right now but I want to urge you to be sure and read the nutrition information label on brands of Greek yogurt that you haven’t tried before. You might be surprised to find that the Greek yogurt you bought at the store contains 250 calories, 14 grams fat and 9 grams saturated fat per 6 ounce serving.

How do I know this can happen? Because it happened to me. I was at a supermarket chain where I don’t normally shop and I grabbed The Greek Gods brand of traditional Greek yogurt. What can I say; I need glasses to read the fine print.

Here are two brands that are shockingly high in fat and saturated fat:

The Greek Gods Greek Yogurt (honey flavor)— 6 ounces per serving
This yogurt contains pasteurized grade A milk, cream, pure cane sugar, honey, pectin and active cultures.

250 calories
6 g protein
23 g carbohydrate
14 grams fat
9 grams saturated fat
40 mg cholesterol

Trader Joe’s Greek Style Yogurt (honey flavor)—8 ounces per serving
This yogurt contains pasteurized grade A milk, cream, nonfat milk, a blend of imported Greek honey and honey, live and active cultures.

300 calories
10 g protein
29 g carbohydrate
14 g fat
13 g saturated fat
80 mg cholesterol

Nine to thirteen grams of saturated fat and 250 to 300 calories is a far cry from the nonfat Greek yogurt I usually bring home. The nonfat Greek yogurts not only have zero grams of saturated fat, they also have double the protein!

Here are a few of the nonfat brands found in most supermarkets (with no more than 22 grams of carbohydrates per 6-ounce serving):

Yoplait Greek 2x Protein (honey vanilla flavor)— 6 ounces per serving

150 calories
14 g protein
22 g carbohydrate
0 grams fat
0 grams saturated fat
10 mg cholesterol

Chobani Nonfat Greek Yogurt (honey)— 6 ounces per serving

150 calories
16 g protein
20 g carbohydrate
0 g fat
0 g saturated fat
0 mg cholesterol

Dannon Greek Yogurt (vanilla)—6 ounces per serving

110 calories
12 g protein
17 g carbohydrate
0 g fat
0 g saturated fat
10 mg cholesterol

Stonyfield Organic Oikos Greek Yogurt (vanilla)— 5.3 ounces per serving

110 calories
15 g protein
12 g carbohydrate
0 g fat
0 g saturated fat
0 mg cholesterol

Has this happened to you with another food item?

Photo: The Greek Gods

Posted by: Elaine Magee, RD at 2:34 pm

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