Greek yogurt, being twice as protein rich as regular yogurt, is known by many as a healthy option, being the non-fat or low fat version of conventional yogurt that has been strained to remove natural components such as lactose, whey and sugars.
The problem with this process is that milk is example of a whole food that should
not be messed with or changed. When you remove fat from milk, your body is not able to absorb the calcium properly.
Heavily processed with the removal of it’s natural ingredients to appear healthy and natural, Greek yogurt unfortunately stimulates most brands sold in the U.S. to add sugar for a better taste. This follows with a substantial amount of engineering manipulation to remove the “healthy” dairy fat to be replaced with additives.
There is no legal definition of Greek yogurt, so many companies have taken the easy rout and use cheaper methods of turning regular yogurt into Greek, usually adding thickeners like gelatin, modified cornstarch, milk protein concentrates (MPCs) and whey protein concentrates (WPCs) as a protein-enhancing filler.
Sadly, since the FDA does not apply rules as to what is called “Greek yogurt” and only regulates regular yogurt, companies can continue to add these additional thickeners, such as powdered protein or starch, to regular yogurt, imitating Greek yogurt with false labeling.
So what can you do?
The FDA issues suggestions to manufacturers about their products, one guidance cue being the use of the term “evaporated cane juice” to describe sweeteners made from sugarcane syrup in a manner that conceals the fact that its actually just sugar. Most sweeteners in non-organic yogurt come from GMOs, usually derived from GMO corn or beet sugar. If you see any form on sugar in the list of ingredients of your yogurt, it is best for your health to avoid that brand. Some health organizations even suggest sticking to regular yogurt and ditching the “Greek” brands in general.
GMO Inside put it simply, “A higher protein food, Greek yogurt may be a step up from the Pink Slime U.S. schools were serving recently. But a six-ounce serving of fruit flavored Chobani can contain as much as 20 grams of sugar (five teaspoons). The recommendation for children is no more than three teaspoons of sugar per day. Granted, some of the sugars in Chobani yogurts are naturally occurring from fruit and the dairy, but cane sugar is the third ingredient listed on its popular blueberry flavor.”
Written by Madison Carrier