Can anyone explain to me why Fage has so much more protein per serving compared to other brands?!
I usually buy Cascade (and really like it - the sugar content, though not low, is lower than others), but a recent post made me want to try Fage.
It's a totally different experience, as I'm so used to the sugar-laced varieties. But it's really growing on me, especially when I add my favorite granola!
But I'm just trying to figure out this whole protein business. That alone is enough to make this my one-and-only go-to yogurt! And the 0%, though an ounce or so less than Cascade, is only 80 calories.
Just wanted some general feedback about this. Thanks!
It has more protein per serving because it's more concentrated. It's strained/drained yogurt, which means much of the whey (which is mostly water) has been removed. In my experience, when I drain "regular" yogurt to the consistency of Fage, I reduce the volume by at least a third, so 8 ounces of Fage is roughly the protein content of 12 ounces of regular yogurt.
I think the whey may have some lactose in it, too, so when it's removed it reduces the calories from sugar. Unfortunately, the whey also seems to contain a lot of the calcium, as the calcium content of Fage seems to be significantly lower than "regular" yogurt.
Welcome to the worlds of Fage addiction!