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Greek Yogurt, the latest, coolest trend in yogurts

If you have not tried Greek yogurt before, you do not know what you have been missing. This protein-rich dairy product, which is high in many nutrients like vitamin B12, calcium, and selenium, is made by removing most of the excess liquid (whey) from the yogurt by straining it, so you end up with a richer and creamier product.

Removing all the excess liquid increases the nutritional value of the yogurt since it doubles the protein content found in regular yogurt, helping to keep our appetite satisfied until the next meal. It is also perfect for those who want to build muscles.

Greek yogurt is very high in calcium (20% of your daily recommended amount) needed to prevent osteoporosis, and often lower in carbohydrates compared to regular yogurt. The plain Greek yogurt is perfect for people following the keto diet.

Greek yogurt is also an excellent source of probiotics ( good bacteria) which is needed to prevent bloating and gas problems, and help in the normal digestion process.

Plain non-fat Greek yogurt has only 60 calories. You can also find fruit flavored ones for those who prefer a fruity taste to their yogurt.

Greek yogurt can work as a natural substitute to many higher-fat ingredients. For example, use it as the base dressing for your favorite salad.

Instead of using the high fat, high calorie sour cream and mayonnaise, try the plain Greek yogurt instead. Also you can use it as a dip for your fresh fruits. Not only is it a delicious way to dip your fruits, but also makes it an extra nutritious snack.

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