Difference between Greek Yogurt and Regular Yogurt

February 22, 2016 by Editorial Team

Greek yogurt and regular yogurt are both made using milk and bacterial cultures. However, there are differences between the two in terms of the process of preparation and also in terms of benefits for health. We will examine what these differences are in the following article.


Greek Yogurt vs Regular Yogurt
Greek yogurt with olive oil on a plate

Greek yogurt, also known as strained yogurt, is a whey-free version of regular yogurt. It is characterized by a thick consistency. Greek yogurt preserves the sourness of regular yogurt. Due to the straining process, the lactose is partially removed from the original yogurt.

In the United States and Canada, Greek yogurt is a popular product which is used as a substitute for sour cream.

According to the research conducted in 2015 by the firm Packaged Facts, Greek yogurt has a half of the share of the overall yogurt market in the U.S.

There are many variations of Greek yogurt, and some of them are recommended by medical specialists for treating various ailments. For example, Coconut Greek yogurt is known to help with indigestion and preventing diarrhea.

Lactobacillus are used in the process of yogurt fermentation

Regular yogurt is a milk product preparation which involves bacterial fermentation. The bacteria that are used in the fermentation process are known in biology as yogurt cultures. Other bifidobacteria and lactobacilli are also added during fermentation.

Regular yogurt is known for its sour taste and is highly popular as an ingredient for various breakfast meals because it is nutritionally rich and contains high amount of proteins, calcium, and B-vitamins. Regular yogurt is known for its healthy qualities. For example, some medical specialists claim that regular consumption of yogurt can reduce the risk of high blood pressure.

In English yogurt (originally a Turkish word) can be spelled as yoghurt as well as yoghourtyogourtyaghourt, and in some other variations of the word.

Regular yogurt has been around for centuries, and in ancient India was considered a “God’s food.”

Greek Yogurt vs Regular Yogurt

The main difference between Greek Yogurt and Regular Yogurt is that the former is strained more thoroughly. As a result of this, Greek yogurt contains more protein, a smaller amount of calories, and less sugar. So with the same amount of Greek yogurt and regular yogurt, the former would contain more nutrition and fewer calories than the latter.

A breakfast meal with Greek yogurt
A breakfast meal with Greek yogurt

Some people find Greek yogurt more digestible than regular yogurt, because the former contains less lactose.

Comparison chart

Greek yogurtRegular yogurt
Contains more proteinsUsually contains less proteins
Contains a smaller amount of caloriesContains a bigger amount of calories
Contains less sugarContains more sugar
Contains less lactoseContains more lactose


In this video you can see an analysis that explains the differences between Greek yogurt and regular yogurt: