12/31/2013 5:30:52 PM
I also make homemade Greek yogurt with 1% milk, flavored with vanilla and a bit of honey. I put it on a pile of frozen rasp/black/blueberries with a bit of granola for breakfast most mornings. Delicious!
I am disappointed that the article fails to mention something rather important, though. Fat-free yogurt does you almost no good when it comes to the vit D and calcium - fat is needed to absorb the vit D, and the vit D is needed to absorb the calcium. It's a Fat-D-Calcium triangle.
Even if you're trying to lose weight, a 6oz serving of Dannon whole-milk plain yogurt is 120 cal, only 40 cal more than the fat free - it's easy enough to cut those 40 calories out elsewhere if you need to (or burn them off). The low-fat is 100cal, so only 20 cals to cut or burn there.
As to the 6g fat - well, again, Fat-D-Calcium triangle. The fat-free diet has been debunked, so since you need some fat anyhow, may as well get it from yogurt. And the low-fat Dannon is only 2.5g fat so you get the benefit without as much of the ...whatever scares people about dairy fat.
Lastly, a word on Greek yogurt and calcium: There is calcium lost in the straining process, but by my calculations (subtracting what is in the resulting volume of whey [http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/10
1] from what was in the original volume of milk), you retain about 60% of the calcium that was in the milk to start with. However, since it is condensed, you actually (or should, anyhow) wind up with more calcium in the Greek yogurt than in the starting milk on a volume for volume basis (ie. 6oz volume of Greek yogurt has more calcium in it than a 6oz volume of the milk it was made from). (addl. refs.: http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/107 and http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/78 - each adjusted to/based on a 6oz serving, with 13g protein per serving required to be considered Greek yogurt. And which makes me wonder how it is that Fage, Chobani, and others only have 20%DV calcium when - purely on the maths - they should have 30% or more. Between that and the expense of it, I'd just as soon make my own - and do!)