Why Does Greek Yogurt Have More Protein, Do You Know?


For years now I have been adamant on buying only plain full fat Greek yogurt when I do my shopping. It is one of those staple items I just have to have in my fridge every day to incorporate into my family’s diet, especially my children’s. I have often come across recipes on how to make yogurt and always wondered what the difference between making Greek yogurt and regular yogurt was. So I began researching it one day.

SO..Why DOES Greek yogurt have more protein?

Some of the Greek yogurt brands that I have found have up to 18 greekyogurt1grams of protein for one serving, which is usually 1/3 of a cup. This is an impressive amount of protein for a small portion like that. Compare this to full fat plain regular yogurt which is in the range of 8 grams of protein. So what is the reason that Greek yogurt is so packed full of the good stuff? The short answer is: Greek yogurt is simply more concentrated.

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When making yogurt of any kind, the processing is all the same. The base ingredient is milk that is turned into yogurt by the process of fermentation. This is done by heating the milk over time and adding live bacterial cultures such as Lactobacillis bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus. After fermentation has taken place the result will be regular yogurt.

To make Greek yogurt, the final product will have to be strained several times to remove a lot of the liquid produced while making regular yogurt. The end result will be a concentrated Greek style yogurt, which is thicker and more protein dense. It’s that simple!

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Earlier I mentioned how Greek yogurt was an absolute must on my grocery list. There are several reasons why I find this staple ingredient and all it’s protein benefits so amazing:

  • It makes for a really good quick protein for the kids breakfast.
  • I can substitute it in my baking very easily and in many recipes for a high protein healthy snack.
  • It is my “sour cream” so I use it every time we make tacos or fajitas.
  • It makes a great ‘first food’ for babies being so protein packed.
  • It can easily be added into shakes, smoothies, frozen desserts, oatmeal and pancakes.


Please visit my recipe page to find out how to make homemade greek yogurt and some recipes that I substitute Greek yogurt in. I hope you will share some recipes with me as well as I always enjoy more ideas!




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    Hey Rachael,

    I enjoy the usual cup of frozen yogurt.

    This is some interesting information on greek yogurt. I was’t aware that the protein content was much higher in greek yogurt than i regular yogurt.

    I am going to get some 😉

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      Hi Josh, thank you for your comment. Yes, next time you compare labels check out the protein content. It is sometimes quite a bit higher which is a nice way to get a good healthy snack in or add protein to already prepared food. I am glad I could provide you with this information.

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    Both Greek and regular yogurt can be part of a healthy diet.

    Both are low in calories and packed with calcium and live bacterial cultures.

    In roughly the same amount of calories, Greek Yogurt can pack up to double the protein, while cutting sugar content by half.

    For me I prefer mainly the normal ones because the other actually gives me more stomach upsets than one could have possible imagine & I’m not sure why

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      Hi Lee, Thank you for your comment. I totally agree with you that both types of yogurt can be part of a healthy diet, depending on the brand and type of course. I tend to buy more Greek simply because I need the extra protein for the children. They have such small appetites and can be so picky so I find it can be challenging to meet their daily requirements.
      As far as why you might get more stomach upset with a higher protein yogurt I couldn’t comment. The only thing that comes to mind is perhaps a milk protein sensitivity or a particular brand that may contain a certain ingredient? Have you done some research on that?

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    I LOVE greek yoghurt. I buy it for a snack at work or have it with banana and other fruit for lunch.
    The other thing it is great for is helping to keep yeast infections / candida at bay. If I eat it regularly I have no problems at all but if for any reason I don’t have it for a few weeks I see the old problems creep back, but glad to report that since eating greek yoghurt regularly that kind of thing is a distant memory.

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      Hi Jane, Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. I am happy to hear that your yeast infections are being kept under control by keeping Greek yogurt in your diet. I also find taking a good probiotic to be very helpful to control yeast in our bodies. But you are correct, a lot of high quality yogurts contain enough bacterial cultures that they really do improve our systems. And tasty!

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