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Oct 10, 2007 01:57 PM

Fage yogurt

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!

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  1. 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!