Is Greek yoghurt better for you?

All types of yoghurt are rich in essential nutrients and provide many proven health benefits, however Greek yoghurt tends to be higher in protein compared to regular yoghurt.

Last updated 17/01/2024

Yoghurt belongs to the dairy food group which also includes milk and cheese. Eating enough of these foods has been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, colorectal cancer and the metabolic syndrome. Dairy foods also promote good bone and dental health.1

Greek yoghurt typically describes a natural yoghurt with a thicker consistency, however you can also get flavoured Greek yoghurts. Traditionally, authentic Greek yoghurt was made via fermentation and then strained through a fine muslin cloth to allow more of the liquid portion (the whey) to drain away, thickening the yoghurt to a velvety consistency. In modern manufacturing, this process is replicated on a large scale.

The straining and thickening process results in Greek yoghurt being higher in protein content (approximately 10g protein per 100g) compared with many other yoghurt types, however it’s a good idea to check the Nutrition Information Panel and compare the grams of protein per serve. The higher protein content makes Greek yoghurt a popular choice for active people as a recovery food after exercise and research indicates that as a mid-meal snack, it helps with hunger pangs.2

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