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Old September 21st, 2011, 12:46 AM
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Activia Yogurt vs. Chobani Yogurt: Which is better?

I was just curious as to whether or not there is a significant difference between Activia Yogurt and Chobani yogurt besides that one is normal yogurt and one is greek yogurt. Is there a significant difference between the probiotics that the yogurts have in them?

I'm deciding whether or not to get one or the other on a weekly basis and I would like to know if there is a major difference between the two, at least in terms of following the PN habits. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
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Old September 21st, 2011, 01:57 AM
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Activia is just overpriced, sweetened, flavored yogurt. Its claims of awesomeness are highly exaggerated and there was a lawsuit where Dannon settled.

Chobani is just Greek style yogurt.

A better comparison would be Chobani and any other plain yogurt. As far as these comparisons go, it's going to come down to the taste, calories, and macros. Greek style will have more protein and cost a lot more per serving. Most of them will offer similar benefits, aside from the food part of things.

I'm a big fan of Trader Joe's European Style (made with whole milk), which is a great one that's a thin style yogurt.

Places like Sprouts, Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, and Mediterranean/Persian markets have some interesting plain yogurts to choose from. A variety of thicknesses, sourness, and cultures, depending on what you like. Even many grocery stores have decent ones, but most plain ones in the supermarket are non or low fat, which makes them less tasty.
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Old September 21st, 2011, 05:07 AM
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I agree with Roland, except I don't think it has to be expensive. When I was living in his neck of the woods I would go to the Super Irvine Persian market and get good sour yogurt, get it for cheap, and get it while eyeballing all the hot Persian women. What more could you ask for?
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Old September 21st, 2011, 09:16 AM
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Activia is just overpriced, sweetened, flavored yogurt. Its claims of awesomeness are highly exaggerated and there was a lawsuit where Dannon settled.

Chobani is just Greek style yogurt.

A better comparison would be Chobani and any other plain yogurt. As far as these comparisons go, it's going to come down to the taste, calories, and macros. Greek style will have more protein and cost a lot more per serving. Most of them will offer similar benefits, aside from the food part of things.

I'm a big fan of Trader Joe's European Style (made with whole milk), which is a great one that's a thin style yogurt.

Places like Sprouts, Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, and Mediterranean/Persian markets have some interesting plain yogurts to choose from. A variety of thicknesses, sourness, and cultures, depending on what you like. Even many grocery stores have decent ones, but most plain ones in the supermarket are non or low fat, which makes them less tasty.
So the difference between Greek yogurt and standard yogurts will for the most part just be protein?

Are there any other significant differences in macro content?
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Old September 21st, 2011, 09:33 AM
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If you're looking for the probiotic effect, the probiotics in fermented foods are better absorbed than those in yogurt. That's why I eat sauerkraut (about 1/2-1 cup/day) AND plain greek yogurt (1/2-1 cup/day).
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Old September 21st, 2011, 10:22 AM
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I agree with Roland, except I don't think it has to be expensive. When I was living in his neck of the woods I would go to the Super Irvine Persian market and get good sour yogurt, get it for cheap, and get it while eyeballing all the hot Persian women. What more could you ask for?
I love Super Irvine! That's my market of choice!

Agreed on all fronts...

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So the difference between Greek yogurt and standard yogurts will for the most part just be protein?

Are there any other significant differences in macro content?
Greek yogurt has been strained, so most of the whey gets removed. Unlike whey protein powders, which are chemically separated from the milk, this whey is mostly carbs. With much of the carby whey left behind, you have yogurt that's concentrated and higher in protein and/or fat than a regular tub of yogurt, yet still creamy.

You can easily make your own strained yogurt from many plain tubs of yogurt, as long as it isn't thickened and stabilized too much (if it has pectin, for instance, you can't strain it).
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