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Home Town: Beacon, New York, USA
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Last updated: Jan. 8, 2013 4:03 pm
Posted: Jan. 8, 2013 8:15 am
 
Commented by: Jacolyn
Jan. 8, 2013 8:18 am
I tried a generic brand Greek yogurt today (Shoprite Nonfat Raspberry Greek Yogurt) and want to know how healthy it is. Here are the nutrition facts: 6oz. per container, 140 cal., 10mg Chol., 60mg Sodium, 260mg potassium, 23g Total Carb, 1g Fiber, 19g Sugar, 14g Protein, 15% Calcium......It includes 5 live active cultures. Since I know nothing about Greek yogurt, can you help me figure out if this is a healthy choice? (Ate it with some granola)...
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newberrrys
Jan. 8, 2013 8:28 am
I eat Greek yogurt everyday, I go with Kobani,I think that's how to spell it.lol The one you posted is high in sodium and sugar and chol. for me.. they load yogurts up with sugar , so you need to read thatcarefully.The protein count is good on yours, but low in fiber. I always go for fat free and the lowest grams of sugar I can find..Un flavored or plain NO fat is the healthiest in my opinion.You can add your own fresh fruit to get the sweetness you like.
 
Bernadene
Jan. 8, 2013 8:29 am
HI Jacolyn, yes Greek yogurt is a graet choice, i did a little homework on it. I buy fat free( Pc brand) or Liberte you can not even tell there is no fat in it, greek yogurt has a much higher protien content in it than the regular.
 
Grammom
Jan. 8, 2013 8:29 am
Greek yogurt is a good source of protein - not so sure about the rest of the ingredients, someone with more knowlege than I will be able to proved that answer.
 
Amanda
Jan. 8, 2013 8:30 am
Hi, Jacolyn! I'd say it's healthier than eating regular yogurt because it contains more protein (which will keep you fuller longer) I would just watch the sugars... I know it's hard- I spent a while the other day comparing Greek yogurt at the store the other day!
 
Amanda
Jan. 8, 2013 8:31 am
The one I chose was the Dannon Light and Fit~ The protein was high, it had the least amount of sugars, and the calories were 100. Adding high fiber granola is a good idea to balance it out, I do that too!
 
linda2d
Jan. 8, 2013 8:33 am
No health guru here but healthy choice is relative and especially in this case. Depends on what you are comparing it too and what else you include in your diet. When I have compared it to regular ff yogurt that I buy (also store brand) I find there is variation in all the things you listed but more importantly(to me) I check for aspartame, carageenan, and things like that because I don't want them in my food if I can help it(personal choice)
 
ConkyJoe
Jan. 8, 2013 8:35 am
From what you posted, it comes close to what should be expected . . . it is a high on sugar at 19g but that is because it’s flavored (plain is around 5g or less). I think fat content is important, and don’t see that posted . . . and especially looking for what type of fat is in the product. For me, while nutritional info is useful, I pay more attention to what the listed ingredients say . . . if I see stuff that has words I can’t pronounce or was introduced to me in my chemistry class, I generally go searching other brands.
 
newberrrys
Jan. 8, 2013 8:35 am
sorry, Chobani.Most stores have it,, another one that's real good for you is FAGE' but again ,go with NONFAT,PLAIN. The higher the protein the better, but watch the SUGAR cont.
 
Jacolyn
Jan. 8, 2013 8:37 am
I really have nothing to compare it to, because I almost never eat any types of yogurt. I will just have to compare at the store and go with something similar to what I had, but with less sugar and sodium. I appreciate all of the help!
 
Jacolyn
Jan. 8, 2013 8:38 am
Conky, it doesn't have any fat in it.
 
gammaray (=
Jan. 8, 2013 8:44 am
One thing that's hard for me is not buying fat free. I keep hearing that we need milk fats. So when I get Greek yogurt, I try to get low fat - but it can be hard to find. I remember mauigirl saying she does not like Fage - BUT many times that's the only one I can find with a low fat option...
 
Johnny&Jacob's mommy
Jan. 8, 2013 8:48 am
I used to eat the Yoplait light or Dannon light & fit yougurts but they didnt satisfy my.I tried Chobani Greek and Im hooked on Greek yogurt now! There is a 100 calorie Greek by Yoplait that is great and a bit better for you.Yoplait 100cal fat0 sodium 45mg carb 14g sugar 9g protein 10g-Chobani 160cal fat 3g sodium 70mg carb 20g sugar 18g protein 14g---I always top mine with a chopped Bannana and sliced almonds,its like my power breakfast and totally keeps me going until lunch.I also use the plain Greek yogurt in place of Sour Cream.YOU CAN ONLY GET THE YOPLAIT GREEK AT TARGET I think.Try it!!
 
AllieGeekPi
Jan. 8, 2013 8:50 am
Hi Jacolyn, I calculated weight watchers points+ for your yogurt. 4 points+ Then I calculated chiobani nonfat blueberry since I have some-- 3 points+. I also have chiobani plain nonfat-- 2 points+ The chiobani yogurts are each 6oz containers.
 
ConkyJoe
Jan. 8, 2013 8:55 am
These show nutritional content and might give you a baseline to work from Nonfat Greek Yogurt . . . http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/custom/1409912/2?quantity=0.5 . . . Chobani Nonfat Raspberry Greek Yogurt . . . http://www.fatsecret.com/calories-nutrition/chobani/nonfat-raspberry-greek-yogurt
 
Jacolyn
Jan. 8, 2013 8:56 am
Thanks, Allie. That is actually quite helpful, since I have been considering going back on Weight Watchers Points +.
 
newberrrys
Jan. 8, 2013 8:56 am
I add applesauce to the fat free plain yogurt and it becomes edible.hahaha..I agree Fage' yogurt isn't the best tasting, but if you add strawberrys, bananas, blueberrys,stick it all in a blender, applesauce included, you'll have a powerfull, healthy, great tasting smoothie! anytime of day.
 
Jacolyn
Jan. 8, 2013 8:58 am
I am learning alot about it. Thank you for your recommendations! Clearly there are alot of G. Yogurt lovers on AR. :)
 
AllieGeekPi
Jan. 8, 2013 9:00 am
I've tried generic brands and they're just too sour for me.
 
Jacolyn
Jan. 8, 2013 9:02 am
This one wasn't bad. Shoprite brand food isn't terribly different from other brands, from what I have observed.
 
AllieGeekPi
Jan. 8, 2013 10:39 am
I agree; I really like most Shoprite brand items. Especially Shoprite Nutella! OMG!
 
Linda (LMT)
Jan. 8, 2013 10:52 am
I believe Greek yogurt is a healthier choice because it is higher in protein and should have less sugars as most brands don't amp up the fruit and sweetners.
 
gammaray (=
Jan. 8, 2013 2:31 pm
Btw, I, too, am using plain I place of sour cream - as a topping, and in recipes.... Works great!
 
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Jan. 8, 2013 8:49 am
We were using FAGE plain non fat but discovered Costco Kirkland brand has 1 more gram of protein, 24/23 and 2 less of sugar, 7/9 per 1 cup serving. Plus the Costco brand is about half the price. Dd eats with whole fruit, usually berries. You can make a sauce with various fruits but you will likely end up close to the sugar grams figuring natural in the fruit and addition of sugar.
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Jacolyn
Jan. 8, 2013 8:56 am
Thanks! I think I will try fresh fruit in plain Greek yogurt.
 
PAMELA D. aPROpos of nothing
Jan. 8, 2013 8:59 am
I usually like to eat mine with a drizzle of honey and a good scoop of ground flax meal. Yummy, reminds me, need honey, better start a list or I'll forget.
 
Jacolyn
Jan. 8, 2013 9:01 am
Sounds good! Love honey!
 
newberrrys
Jan. 8, 2013 9:14 am
Flax meal and wheat germ can be added, with the honey for sweetness. There's so much you can add to make a great tasting yogurt!
 
Lela
Jan. 8, 2013 4:03 pm
Some people don't like the taste of Greek Yogurt. I eat the Fage with cinnamon and grapes or cinnamon with apples. Here is the nutrition information Calories 100 Calories from fat 0 Total fat 0g % DV Total fat 0% Saturated fat 0g % DV Saturated fat 0% Trans fat 0g Cholesterol 0mg % DV Cholesterol 0% Sodium 65mg % DV Sodium 3% Total carbohydrates 7g % DV carbohydrates 2% Dietary fiber 0g % DV fiber 0% Sugars* 7g Protein 18g % DV Protein 36% Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0% Calcium 20% Iron 0%
 
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