No one can deny that yogurt is a delicious and healthy snack for the body. Without going any further, it is a dairy product that has a high content of nutrients, among which vitamin B12, vitamin D, phosphorus, potassium and, of course, calcium stand out. This last mineral is one of its main compounds, responsible for the proper bone development, fundamental both in childhood and in adulthood.
Likewise, and due to this combination of nutrients, the natural yogurt it is a food that provides magnificent digestive health, strengthens the immune system, protects the elderly from osteoporosis, promotes the production of elastin and collagen, and improves cardiovascular health, as stated by Sanitas (@sanitas).
For these and many other reasons, it has become a indispensable ingredient in the diet of millions of people. Perhaps due to this popularity, other varieties have emerged that are also currently enjoying a great reception. It is the case of greek yogurt.
How is Greek yogurt different from natural?
At first glance, Greek yogurt is thicker and creamier than natural, a characteristic that is due to the filtration of liquid serum during the manufacturing process. In addition, it is a variety that especially draws attention for its low level of sugar, although everything depends on the manufacturer, as it happens in most cases.
So much so that a investigation published in the scientific journal British Medical Journal determined that said food was one of the healthiest in this sense, since its sugar content was within the appropriate limits established by the experts.
However, as we have just seen, this composition depends largely on the company that is responsible for its production, responsible for the ingredients and additives that it includes. In this sense, what is the nutritional value of Greek yogurts that are sold in the main supermarkets of our country? All this according to the Open Food Facts platform (@OpenFoodFacts), a very complete database of food products.
The brand’s natural Greek-style yogurt Farmer, owned by the supermarket chain Mercadona, is one of the most popular in the sector. Its list of ingredients is very reduced, showing its naturalness. Whole pasteurized milk, cream, skimmed milk powder, and dairy ferments are all of them. This includes it within the group NOVA 1, corresponding to unprocessed or minimally processed foods, according to the program of the same name.
Regarding its nutritional value, it has 10.8 grams of fat, 3.9 of sugars and 0.12 of salt for every 100 grams of product. Due to this first value, the Nutri-Score indicator places it at an intermediate level, compared to other articles of the same nature. Not forgetting the calories, which barely exceed 120 kcal.
As indicated by the Open Food Facts platform, Greek yogurt from Carrefour not only is he vegetarian and palm oil free, also belongs to group NOVA 4, corresponding to ultra-processed foods. Likewise, within the Nutri-Score indicator it is at an intermediate level, as a consequence of the high amount of saturated fatty acids that it includes in its composition, with 6.6 grams. Not forgetting the 10 grams of fat and 3.6 of sugars.
In this case, we are looking at the brand’s natural Greek yogurt Milbona, which includes a wide assortment of yogurts, cheeses and vegetable drinks in supermarkets Lidl. This product has experienced great popularity in recent years for its fantastic quality / price ratio.
However, its nutritional value does vary slightly compared to the rest of the products that we analyze here. For example, it owns up to 8 grams of fat, 4.2 grams of carbohydrates, which correspond almost entirely to sugars, and 0.13 salt. In addition, its energy value is 101 kcal for every 100 grams of product.
If there is something that differentiates this Greek yogurt from the competition, it is its presence in the NOVA group number 3, which includes all those foods that are processed. This variety of the supermarket chain Day it also has a higher amount of fat, with almost 10 grams; 6.5 from saturated fatty acids, 5.4 sugars and 0.15 salt. Regarding its energy value, a single serving provides 156 kcal.
Like the natural Greek yogurt from Dia supermarkets, this product is available at the chain Eroski also belongs to group NOVA 3, due to its processing. Its energy value is 115 kcal, while within its composition we find 9.7 grams of fat, 6.6 grams of saturated fatty acids, 3.7 of sugars and 0.1 grams of salt, being that it presents a smaller amount in this sense.