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  • Why Full Fat Greek Yogurt?

    I eat 8 oz daily of Chobani non-fat plain greek yogurt. Started looking at full fat options but found they tend to contain just as much or more sugar and less protein. So why do Paleo folks prefer full fat? If you want more saturated fat, why not add some shredded coconut or eat a couple slices of Kerrygold Dubliner cheese? Thanks.

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    Why should I have to add something if they sell it the way I want it right there? (why not buy 95% fat free ground beef and add lard?) Full fat is a little less processed, for one thing. Plus more milk fat means less room for lactose.
    carl's cave

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    • #3
      Originally posted by carlh View Post
      Why should I have to add something if they sell it the way I want it right there? (why not buy 95% fat free ground beef and add lard?) Full fat is a little less processed, for one thing. Plus more milk fat means less room for lactose.
      Right. I wanted full fat primarily to get less sugar - the same reason I use hal & half. But if the full fat has more sugar, I would rather not have it.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Artbuc View Post
        I eat 8 oz daily of Chobani non-fat plain greek yogurt. Started looking at full fat options but found they tend to contain just as much or more sugar and less protein. So why do Paleo folks prefer full fat? If you want more saturated fat, why not add some shredded coconut or eat a couple slices of KerrygolDubliner cheese? Thanks.
        Try the Fage yogurt instead, a lot more protein than the Chobani.
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        Small Kine-168/9%
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        • #5
          my full-fat fage has 20 gms protein in 8 oz. it's also much more sating than non-fat yogurt. i stir in 2 raw egg yolks and some coconut milk and i am set up for hours afterward.
          As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.

          Ernest Hemingway

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          • #6
            Grocery stores around here have virtually stopped selling full fat yogurts.

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            • #7
              last few months, i have had an easier time finding the fage. maybe it's cuz i buy 3-4 at ago, lol. stonyfield also makes a whole milk one, but i found it waaaaaay too sour. you may also see some armenian or lebanese yogurts, depending on your demographics.

              trader joe's sells a goat milk yogurt that i get sometimes too.
              As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.

              Ernest Hemingway

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              • #8
                Nancy's makes plain whole fat yogurt that is not Greek-style but is extremely thick. Also made from milk from grass-fed cows which I prefer as a replacement for Fage. The whey separates when it sits so I just don't stir first if I want it thicker. It's carried at my local organic food store. The flavor is fantastic!
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                • #9
                  I too have trouble finding full-fat yogurt , even at the local HFS. Once I made a batch of plain yogurt using heavy cream only and it was fantastic IMO. Somewheres I saw an article, perhaps here on MDA, that gave instruction in homemade greek-style. I think I am going to try it.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Wanderlust View Post
                    Try the Fage yogurt instead, a lot more protein than the Chobani.
                    Don't think so. Fage full fat has 20 grams per 8 0z and Chobani non fat has 23 grams per 8 oz. Both have 9 grams of sugar.

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                    • #11
                      Full-fat yogurt has fewer calories as carbs percentage-wise. That's what counts.

                      Another benefit of the full-fat version is that it is higher in fat-soluble vitamins.

                      Also, lactose is much better for you than fructose or sucrose as it's all converted to glucose. It does spike insulin, so it's best eaten post-workout if you are insulin resistant.
                      F 5 ft 3. HW: 196 lbs. Primal SW (May 2011): 182 lbs (42% BF)... W June '12: 160 lbs (29% BF) (UK size 12, US size 8). GW: ~24% BF - have ditched the scales til I fit into a pair of UK size 10 bootcut jeans. Currently aligning towards 'The Perfect Health Diet' having swapped some fat for potatoes.

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                      • #12
                        Quick question, how much fat is full fat greek yoghurt?

                        Here in the UK the greek yoghurt in the supermarket used to say 10% fat or whatever, they've dropped that now but looking through all the different brands the other day when shopping the most is still ~10% fat (about 9.6g per 100g I think it is) is this full fat? How does this compare to the greek yoghurt you get in the US?

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                        • #13
                          If you can't find full-fat Greek yogurt, you can strain the non-Greek type. Plop it in a colander lined with paper towels, set it over a bowl, and in a few hours it's as thick at the Greek kind.

                          I can either find full-fat regular yogurt, or 2% Fage yogurt. So, I stick with Fage, maybe add a splash of crem, maybe not, but still: YUM!
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Wanderlust View Post
                            Try the Fage yogurt instead, a lot more protein than the Chobani.
                            Uhh, no. Fage and Chobani Greek Yogurts are virtually identical in terms of protein content per serving. Every brand I've seen has been within 3 grams of each other in terms of protein content - with the generic/store brand here having slightly less than Fage/Chobani. (Talking about plain yogurt, of course. There are plenty of flavored/sweetened greek yogurts from Chobani and others out there with more sugar and less protein)

                            Fage(in my opinion) does taste the best of the Greek yogurts I've tried - however it's also significantly more expensive than Chobani or store brands. It also happens to be the only Greek yogurt that's relatively easy to find with more than 2% fat, at least around here. 2% Fage is actually my favorite taste-wise, as the full-fat version can be a bit too rich for me, while the fat-free versions tend to be watery and not as creamy/tasty.
                            Last edited by jsa23; 06-17-2012, 07:50 AM.

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                            • #15
                              I stand corrected, I must have misread a label.
                              "Go For Broke"
                              Fat Kine-230/24% @ 6'2"
                              Small Kine-168/9%
                              Now- 200/8%
                              Goal- 210/6%

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