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Greek Yogurt Craze

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One dairy product is becoming a popular staple in refrigerators across the country.
More and more of you are giving Greek yogurt a try.
Reporter Sarah Gustin has the story.

Yogurt isn't just yogurt anymore.
Greek Yogurt is becoming a popular carton of choice across the country.
(Char Herr / Midwest Dairy Association) "The consistency and the taste is different than regular yogurt, so it is more appealing to maybe a broader audience and it actually is bringing different people into the yogurt craze. Men typically like Greek yogurt more than regular yogurt and younger kids are liking the Greek yogurt."
For every ten cartons of yogurt being sold, three of those cartons are Greek.
A nearly 70% increase in sales in the past year.
Good news for your taste buds and for dairy producers.
(Char Herr / Midwest Dairy Association) "It's a win for everybody. It's a win for the consumers because they have a great tasting product that is high in protein. it's great for the retailers because they have a whole nother product to market that's been really popular and the dairy farmers are benefiting because it takes twice the amount of milk to produce Greek yogurt, in some cases almost three times more milk." 
(Kelly Fisher / Sanford Health Dietitian) "It's very very thick compared to a regular yogurt. Regular yogurts are generally strained through a cheese cloth 2 times to remove the whey. Greek yogurt is stained three times. So you end up with a product that is higher in protein, other nutritional benefits are still there. The calcium is still there, the carbohydrates are usually about the same."
Sanford Health Dietitian Kelly Fisher says while Greek yogurt is a great option, she doesn't recommend it over a traditional cup.
(Kelly Fisher / Sanford Health Dietitian) "All yogurts are good and I think there are places for all of them."
Fisher says Greek yogurt also has five different strains of healthily bacteria versus only one. 

Fisher says not all Greek yogurts are "true" Greek yogurts.
She says some have milk protein concentrate added and are thickened with corn starch.
She recommends reading the label before you buy.

 

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