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Skyr: The New Greek Yogurt?

An expert reveals why you don't always have to go Greek.

It’s got a funny name, but the health benefits of skyr are no laughing matter. Now available in most supermarkets from brands like Siggi’s, this yogurt-like product is giving Greek yogurt a run for its money. Our trusted expert, Angela Lemond R.D.N., a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, reveals why you may want to opt for this creamy health food more often.  

What exactly is skyr?

Skyr is an Icelandic cheese made from skim milk. Here in the U.S. it is marketed as yogurt and the nutritional properties are almost identical to Greek yogurt - it's high in protein and calcium. But skyr is thicker and has a hint more sweetness than Greek yogurt. [A 5.3-oz container of plain fat-free Siggi's contains 80 calories, 15g protein, and 4g sugar.]

What kind of health benefits does skyr offer?

The probiotic cultures found in skyr are also very similar [to those found in Greek yogurt]. Probiotics are known for promoting gut health by boosting healthy bacterial flora that assist with immunity and utilization of nutrients.

Should men be including this in their diet?

Men have traditionally not eaten as much yogurt as women have. That's unfortunate because the protein quality is excellent and it's much easier than making a protein shake. One serving of Greek yogurt or skyr yields 15 to 18 grams of protein. Mix is with walnuts, sunflower seeds, or almonds for a super quick breakfast.

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