This vs That: Greek Yoghurt or Live Yoghurt

Greek yoghurt vs. live yoghurt, ever wondered which would make the healthiest?


0% Fat Greek Yoghurt

0% Fat Natural Live Yoghurt

Per 100g serving

Per 100g serving



0g fat

0g fat

0g saturates

0g saturates

3g carbs

7.5g carbs

3g sugars

7.5g sugar

10.3g protein

6.6g protein

0.1g salt

0.21g salt

120mg calcium

172mg calcium


Greek Yoghurt 

Greek yoghurt is made by straining out the whey found in regular yoghurt, which result in a thicker and creamier yoghurt. This yoghurt sets in a pot so is much firmer, and is also higher in protein but lower in sugar per 100g.

Protein is essential for maintaining lean muscle and for keeping hunger at bay, which makes it an attractive choice. On the other hand, it provides slightly less calcium, which is a vital nutrient, required for healthy bones and teeth.

Greek yoghurt is certainly creamier and higher in fat in comparison to natural live yoghurt, so if watching your heart health, then opting for a 0% fat version would be best.

It’s also important to look out for brands producing authentic and traditional Greek yoghurt. ‘Greek style’ yoghurts differ in that they come with added starch, cream and thickeners, which change the consistency of the yoghurt, and provides a lower protein yet higher fat alternative.

The thick nature of Greek yoghurt makes it a perfect alternative to sour cream and can be added to dips. Overnight oats made with Greek yoghurt and fresh fruit is a protein rich and super tasty breakfast, you can also try blending yoghurt with frozen fruit to make a yummy frozen ice cream.


Live Yoghurt

Live yoghurt is produced by adding healthy bacteria to milk and allowing it to ferment, it’s this fermentation process, which provides it’s tasty tangy flavour.

The majority of yoghurt sold in the UK is ‘live’ which means it provides healthy bacteria, which are thought to have positive effects on our gut. Regular consumption of yoghurt may inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria, whilst helping to maintain a healthy microbiome and regulate transit time. ‘Bio yoghurts’ differ in that they have had additional bacteria added post fermentation, resulting in yoghurt with a higher quantity beneficial bacteria.

However, not all yoghurt provides live cultures as some are heat-treated post fermentation which kills off healthy bacteria. To ensure your yoghurt comes with friendly bacteria, always check the label for ‘live cultures’.

Natural yoghurt has a thinner consistency and a lower fat content in comparison to regular Greek yoghurt, therefore works well when combined with dressings and cold sauces. It can also be added to smoothies or soups after cooking.


The Winner

Whilst all natural yoghurt is healthy, low fat authentic Greek yoghurt may have the edge! Traditional Greek yoghurt such as FAGE Total not only tastes amazing, but also provides a big protein hit and comes with live cultures to support digestive health.


Lily Soutter, Leading London Nutritionist, BSc (hons) Food & Human Nutrition, Dip NT

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