Myths and Facts about Greek Yoghurt
Myth: Greek yoghurt is a yoghurt from Greece
Fact: Ironically, no. The yoghurt, known to the Greeks as Straggisto, is often used in Greek cuisines; however, it has never been patent by the Greek state or any Greek companies. This style of yoghurt, with its unique texture and rich taste, was first introduced to the market by a Greek company, giving it the name.
Myth: All Greek yoghurts are made the same way
Fact: Greek yoghurt gets its thick consistency from a straining process. However, some brands skip the process, replacing it with thickening agents, such as corn starch and carrageenan. There is nothing wrong with these additives, but if you are looking for a more natural product, check the ingredients label to know if the Greek yoghurt you buy contain such ingredients.
Myth: Greek yoghurt is vegetarian
Fact: It is, but some brands add Gelatin to their products to help with the texture. Look for Gelatin in the nutritional label if you are lacto-vegetarian, or wish to avoid additives.
Myth: Frozen Greek yoghurt is the same as Greek Yogurt
Fact: Frozen yoghurt is not simply yoghurt that’s frozen. It contains more sugar and a lot less protein than regular yoghurt, making it more suitable as dessert rather than breakfast.
Myth: Greek yoghurt is better than regular yoghurt
Fact: There are both health benefits and drawbacks to Greek yoghurt. Greek yoghurt contains more protein and less sugar, but it also contains less calcium and probiotics compared to regular yoghurt. The yoghurt is still considered a good source of calcium and probiotics. Whether or not it is better depends on the nutrients you want to receive.