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Is Greek Yogurt Healthy?

We Thought Greek Yogurt Was the Ultimate Low-Carb, High-Protein Snack — Until We Saw This

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While Dr. Oz's last food investigation may have crushed our fast-food oatmeal dreams and the one before that made us second-guess our too-good-to-be-true addictive rotisserie chicken, we're actually really excited about the good news coming from the health show.

In his latest deep dive into the foods we consider healthy, Dr. Oz takes a closer look at Greek yogurt. The findings? All positive! He notes that benefits from Greek-style yogurt include an improved immune system, a digestion boost, and a better mood — so load up the yogurt!

After looking into brands like Chobani, Fage, Oikos by Danon, Simply Balanced, Wallaby Organics, and Stonyfield Organics, Dr. Oz found "great news" that each brand passed with "flying colors," and they each contain 200 million to 300 million CFUs of live active cultures per gram of yogurt (CFU = "colony forming units"; it's how probiotics are measured).

Where you get into sticky territory is with flavored yogurts — all of which they found to have tons of sugar, which turns an otherwise low-carb, high-protein snack into a very high-carb, high-protein snack. Their suggestion? "Eat plain Greek yogurt" and add in sliced fresh fruit, or put some honey in yourself so you know it's "not synthetic" and you can control the amount.

But wait — Dr. Oz didn't just tout the benefits of Greek yogurt, he also showed off the new yogurt that may leave its Greek cousin in the dust thanks to a whopping "25 percent more protein." The new ultra-high-protein snack to look out for? Icelandic.

"Icelandic yogurt is to Greek yogurt as Greek yogurt is to regular yogurt," said Dr. Oz's expert Mark Schatzker. "It's like the ultimate strained yogurt . . . it's just really creamy and really rich. It's a very satisfying yogurt. If you like Greek yogurt, you're going to love this stuff."

So there you have it — get your servings of plain Greek yogurt, and keep an eye out for the delicious and healthy Icelandic variety, too.

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