It smells bad, tastes worse, and gives you the runs. What is America's fascination with it?
The Voice of the Night
I eat it every morning. It tastes yummy, like sour cream. It's high in protein and contains healthy bacteria. Yogurt eaters live longer too.
because it smell nice and fresh, tastes great and and is great for my digestion. that's why
I doctor it up with some berries or granola, a smidge of honey. SO good.
It keeps me full longer than regular yogurt, with the same number of calories (I buy the no-fat version).
I don't like yogurt in general, but it makes breakfast a lot easier.
I eat it because it reminds me of a Greek sailor I met on Rhodes. What a night that was!
Eat your yogurt, OP, and you won't be so full of shit.
Love yogurt, but can't get over Greek's thick texture.
I love it, but the one problem with it is that it is very high in sodium.
I with you voice. Ewwww....
not really, r8. A cup of Chobani vanilla yogurt has 75 mgs of sodium vs. a cup of Dannon All Natural vanilla yogurt with 105 mgs of sodium. Greek yogurt has twice as much protein.
VOTN, It's likely not the yogurt giving you the runs, it's probably a lack of enough fiber and drinking enough water. You sound as if you have problems that yogurt could help with. I love my Greek yogurt and eat it every day with fresh fruit.
I'm lactose intolerant and yogurt is about the only dairy I can eat. Do you eat the one with sugar in it? That may be what the problem is. Try plain 2% or 0% yogurt and add fruit.
How does it give you the runs? It actually helps to protect against that by increasing healthy bacteria in your system, which aids in digestion.
r10: That's too high for me. I always have to guzzle water after eating a cup of 0% Fage Yogurt. (65 mgs sodium).
But it really is soooo good. Unsweetened Full-fat Fage is like ice cream.
I prefer it to the Stonyfield/Dannon etc. plain or fruit.
Use it in place of sour cream, in smoothies, in vegetable purees, etc.
I think it's an acquired taste, and you certainly don't have to like it.
Taste buds work differently from mouth to mouth; some people taste cilantro as soap. I can't stand broccoli. It tastes rotten to me, even if it's fresh.
Fage, nonfat, plain
This is one of those cases where you may regret being authenticated.
r8/13, how many mgs of sodium do you take in a day?
It's good with rice. Greeks eat yogurt with their rice. Some parsley, diced carrots, rice, yogurt... Mm mm good.
It's on TV of course! And the best peeps eat it
It costs more. It must be better.
r16, it's very odd. I'm trying very hard to cut my sodium intake to curb my high blood pressure (daily excercise is essential to help lower it), but for some reason of all the foods I eat I'm really suseptible to the salt in Fage non-fat plain yogurt. I love it, but it tastes salty. It dries my mouth out an hour after I eat it and have to drink a lot of water.
The only other thing that comes close are Boca Burgers which is like eating a huge shakerful of salt.
OP, you've never had it obviously.
r8/13/20 I am also on a low sodium diet (around 1200 - 1500 mgs) and have lowered my bp to a healthy level without medication and usually eat two yogurts a day. If you feel thirsty after eating yogurt you probably are dehydrated - make sure you are getting enough sodium AND potassium, especially during the hot weather so that you don't dehydrate.
The sodium in yogurt is naturally occuring - no added salt. It's less than in an egg, and so much healthier. Yogurt also has 500+ mgs of potassium.
Here's a link to a chart with nutrition content, including sodium and potassium of lots of fruits. Mix some up with yogurt and enjoy!
VOTN if you have a Fresh & Easy in your area, try their house brand. It's the same as eating whipped cream. Superb.
[quote]Greek yogurt has twice as much protein.
Ding! Ding! Ding!
It's no big mystery: greek yogurt is much higher in saturated fat. It's the same reason people prefer ice cream to ice milk.
Not fat-free greek yogurt, R26.
[quote]greek yogurt is much higher in saturated fat.
Non-fat Greek yogurt is also far superior.
It's YOGURT, not smegma.
Non fat greek yogurt tastes like cardboard.
Thanks for the tip, r22! I appreciate it.
I'll try your suggestion today!
It's higher in protein and much thicker, so people think it tastes richer. I use it in cooking in place of sour cream. Also a small amount with pureed overripe banana, orange or other juice, and strawberriers or pineapple or melon or . . .
I am lactose intolerant, and was surprised to see the LI poster here can handle it. Does anyone else eat it that normally cannot handle dairy?
I put a big scoop of non-fat greek yogurt in my smoothie every morning. I also started added a tablespoon of ground hemp seed to get more non-meat protein and omega 3's.
I am lactose intolerant as well (since age 32 or so) and I have no problem with the yogurt.
1 C fat free soy milk
about 1/3 C fat free greek yogurt
1 T ground hemp seed
1 T agave necter
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 C other fresh frozen fruit
Today I used strawberries, but blueberries and peaches are yummy as well.
R34, Always hearing about these new trendy foods (hemp seeds, agave nectar) that "regular" stores don't carry. Are they worth the price? Or the latest fad?
If any of you are lactose sensitive, try eating it with whole grain toast or other carb/protein combo. Works for me.
Berry Greek yogurt and Marantha sunflower butter or almond butter. Don't knock it until you've tried it.
If you live near a Russian speaking community, ask one of them where you can find kefir. Tell them you want the real stuff, preferably homemade. Drink up. It's so fermented, it's slightly alcoholic. I'm sure you will love it, OP.
You can buy kefir in any good supermarket now, R37. You can also buy kefir "grains" online to make it at home. I've made my own for years now. You're right, it's delicious and very refreshing.
J. L. Curtis
Trader Joe carries it, and I love the blueberry.
Keeps me tight and bright!
I bought a jumbo bag of ground hemp seed at Costco for about $12. Great prices on quinoa, too.
Nonfat Greek Yogurt is the best. It's good for you, double the protein and no fat. And it's got culture!
Fage is the best - the nonfat is so smooth, so delicious. I know I sound like an ad, but it really is wonderful.
R43. I agree.
The Greek yogurt "Fage" is pronounced "Fay-ya."
I know this is not a commercial, but I even mix in the non fat yogurt (Fage, the big tubs from Costco) in with sour cream on my baked potato to give it some tang.
I also use it with lemon juice and relish to make tuna salad. It doesn't have the fatty mouth feel of a mayo-based salad, but there are no redeeming qualities in mayonnaise. Just fat and cholesteral.
Once you get used to it you can make tuna salad that is good for you and enjoy it.
Also I make a dessert with a scoop of the yogurt, with honey, walnuts and cinnamon on top. One of my friends had seconds! But she is an admitted Fat Ass...
Speaking of Costco, here in the LA area, Costco has started selling "fully loaded baked potato salad" and it's really not half bad. The stuff seems to be made with sour cream and with the bacon and stuff, I know I would eat more than I should. I just tasted the stuff a few dozen times, but I didn't buy any.
R46. All the fat asses are on the freeway right now heading to Costo for their fully loaded baked potato salad.
I tried Dannon Oikos with fruit on the bottom. It was not like any yogurt I've ever had. It was really too rich to eat--the fruit preserves were too sweet and the yogurt was like eating straight creme fraiche.
Mmmm but John Stamos likes it...
I assume you all know that "Greek yogurt" is nothing more than regular yogurt with the whey (watery part) strained out.
You can make it yourself, buy yogurt put dump it on some cheesecloth and strain the whey out.
The more cheesecloth and the more times you strain it the thicker it becomes
[quote]I am lactose intolerant, and was surprised to see the LI poster here can handle it. Does anyone else eat it that normally cannot handle dairy?
No, but I read an article recently on this very topic. I forget the reason, but apparently it's quite common for LI types to be able to consume Greek yogurt without GI distress. I think it has something to do with the enzymes in the yogurt itself. Like others, I'm curious why it apparently gives VOTN the runs; I've *never* heard of that happening, and I know a lot of Greek yogurt fans.
Btw I eat it (Fage nonfat) mixed with blueberries and nutty granola four or five times a week, either for breakfast or as a post-workout protein boost. I'm on a diet and it's helped me lose close to 20 pounds thus far, along with sensible eating besides that coupled with exercise.
I can eat and drink anything and be fine. And I'm thin as a rail and never gain weight. Some people (ME!) are just genetically lucky.
Lucky you R52.
But everyone hates you, R52.
[quote]It keeps me full longer than regular yogurt
Attention everyone. R4 MUST be full. She must be full at ALL times.
[quote]Like others, I'm curious why it apparently gives VOTN the runs; I've *never* heard of that happening, and I know a lot of Greek yogurt fans.
I'm not entirely sure myself, I thought it might have been the milk fats in it that was interfering with my lack of gallbladder, but maybe it was something unrelated.
I decided to give another go and went for some non-fat/low-fat Chobani yogurt when it was on sale. The peach kind is definitely less objectionable to strawberry of blueberry or whatever I had the first time, but I also know that when I looked at the label, it was almost pure sugar.
I also got one of the Oikos kind to try, but we'll see.
The Voice of the Night
chobani lemon is awesome!
R52 but research shows that people like you who 'can' eat anything you want tend to want no more than you need.
Thin people who 'eat everything' eat fewer calories than fat people 'who look at a cookie and gain weight' in fact the thin eat far fewer calories.
You want what you need. Were you to eat more than your body needs you too would gain weight.
I got over it. I don't dislike it, except the plain, which is too much like sour cream for me. I just don't think it's worth the price.
I like Stonyfield organic plain with poppyseeds mixed in and honey drizzled over it, with a few berries. Lovely.
I had no idea you could buy loose poppyseeds, live and learn. Did anyone try the Trader Joe's version of Fage?
Chobani yogurt is on sale at the grocery store (Shop & Stop and Shoprite) for $1 all the time. I love the pineapple, lemon, black cherry and pomegranate.
[quote][T]here are no redeeming qualities in mayonnaise. Just fat and cholesteral. (sic)
Nonsense. Good mayonnaise has egg and, in my case, olive oil. Eggs are one of the healthiest foods in the world.
Everything in moderation, Priscilla.
John Stamos' bubblicious ass, that is America's fascination with greek yoghurt.
I'm lactose intolerant and I also have to watch my sugar. I eat Fage 0% plain yogurt. (The big tubs from Costco) I add fresh fruit to it, and I never have any problems.
I also eat cottage cheese. No problem.
One thing I know is that as we get older we need probiotics and possibly a fiber supplement.
I take 20 million dosage strain of probiotics (from Costco pharmacy) and my Psyllium supplement from GNC and I'm good to go.
For the person who mentioned that you can make your own greek yogurt - how long does it take to strain it? The greek yogurt I see for sale in the store does seem too expensive for what it is, seems it would make more sense to buy plain yogurt and strain it yourself.
Anyone else have more recipes/ways to use greek yogurt? I really need to consume more calcium, but I get tired of eating yogurt as-is more than a couple times a week.
Would love to taste John Stamos' Greek yogurt.
R65: I drain it overnight (or 8 hours) -- the longer the better, but that's plenty. Just be sure the yogurt doesn't have gelatin, which prevents the separation that's needed for draining. I get Mountain High Yoghurt at Costco -- either full fat or fat free or low fat, they're all nice & creamy after draining. I freeze the drained too, works fine.
I like regular yogurt.
Greek yogurt is vile. It's like eating sour cream. Disgusting.
Does it freeze well? I've never tried freezing yogurt before.
It's only good for making raita. Other than that, yogurt (of any sort) sucks. Period.
Bengali in Platforms
I LOVE the lemon creme Greek yogurt from Kroger.
I like Fage. Then I tried Wallaby organic low fat greek yogurt. So delicious. 23 grams of protein per serving. I have it with chopped fresh figs, cinnamon, and some walnuts when I feel like having something sweet. I also use it to make low cal salad dressings with lime and cilantro.