Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Greek Yogurt Sales Rise In U.S. Dairy Aisles : NPR

Greek Yogurt Sales Rise In U.S. Dairy Aisles : NPR

I switched to greek yogurt a few months ago from nonfat plain "regular" yogurt. I find regular sweetened yogurt to be too sweet, so I long ago gravitated to plain—which I sometimes doctor, or sometimes eat as is—and then made the switch to Greek because if the higher protein content.

I've been noticing more and more "mainstream" brands coming out with their own Greek yogurt lines, and figured this was in response to a trend, but the numbers in this article surprised me—a whole lot of people are switching to Greek yogurt.

For me, a big bowl of yogurt for breakfast every morning—with a dollop of homemade peach butter and a couple tablespoons of ground flax seed—is really tasty. (The flax seeds took a little getting used to, but now when I run out, I miss the texture). Once I switched to Greek (or mostly Greek—I do add a little bit of plain nonfat so it's not quite so thick), I found that this breakfast would keep me full for hours. As a bonus, I've been losing weight without really trying.

I've been carrying a few extra pounds the last handful of years (OK, let's just say it—20 extra pounds). And while I'm not "dieting," I am trying to be aware of what I put in my mouth. And while the weight loss (18 pounds so far) is certainly not only due to switching from regular to Greek yogurt, I'm sure it's helping.

Yogurt is one of the reason I can't get on board with diets like the 4-Hour Body slow-carb movement, which says dairy is a no-no. And no fruit! We've been eating fruit for, what, a gazillion years? I have a number of friends on this diet who are having success. But personally, I'd never be able to stick with something like that long-term, so for me, I don't see the point.

Everybody (and every body) is different, but Greek yogurt has been working for me.

That being said, I had Daniel—who loves yogurt—try a spoonful; he said he'd rather eat sour cream.

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