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Why fage?

Learning2cook Jan 27, 2008 08:21 PM

I have tried fage before but can't understand why everyone loves it so much. To me it taste like sour cream, which I like on tacos, but not alone. Also, it seems to negate a major benefit of yogurt- the calcium content is extremely low in comparison to regular yogurt.

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    Val Jan 28, 2008 05:50 AM

    Well, for me, I love how the 0% Fage is so creamy in texture even though it's fat-free. It's not all watery like American made yogurts. Pretty good protein content, too; no junky additives and still has the active cultures that are so healthy.

    1. monavano Jan 28, 2008 07:16 AM

      I love fage for it's texture and smooth taste-maybe it was a certain brand that tasted sour? I love it drizzled with honey and fresh fruit.


      1. ktmoomau Jan 29, 2008 03:51 PM

        It does taste tangy like sour cream, I sub it for sour cream on everything I like sour cream on. It doesn't have the sugar added and unnatural flavoring of regular yogurt so you need to add your own like jelly, pure maple syrup is awesome on it, honey. I like it alone too, but I like tangy foods.

        I like the taste of it with that on it better than regular yogurt, which I find to sweet and full of additives. Perhaps you didn't add anything? I would try it again. But it is a great sub for bad for you sour cream I eat it on tex-mex, baked potatoes, gyro, chili, etc.

        My stepmom makes her own yogurt which is incredible, if I had that kind of time I would, it tastes a lot like Fage though.

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          Judith Jan 29, 2008 07:03 PM

          I guess you could ask why anything. I can't imagine how people eat what passes for yogurt when they could eat fage. I'm not sure what you mean by "regular" yogurt but a lot of the more ordinary American brands seem watery to me, and mainly sour, instead of complex and flavorful. In Greece, regular yogurt is a lot like fage, and when I'm there I can't get enough of it. With honey.

          1. Bat Guano Jan 31, 2008 11:49 AM

            First time I had Greek yogurt, in Cyprus, I was blown away. Had the same experience with Fage when I got back to the States. After a while I realized that it's not that hard to make a similar product by straining pretty much any brand of plain yogurt, as long as it's not loaded up with thickeners and other crap. So really any brand of 'natural' plain yogurt, I guess. Just put it in a drip coffee maker or a strainer lined with a coffee filter and let it drip for a few hours, until it's as thick as you want it. Really good!

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              toodie jane Feb 2, 2008 11:38 AM

              Although this is a matter of opinion, I'd rather believe food from the country of origin is more authentic than variations of it made in another country. (i.e., pizza) By authenitic, I mean utilizing the ingredients to their best advantage, nutrient- and flavor-wise.

              Give me European-style yogurt any day over American-style. There are several domestic yogurts made in the Eurpean style that I like: Nancy's and Mountain High are on my short list. Thick, rich and creamy, they have a tang and depth of flavor than Dannon, Continental, etc., can't touch.

            2. boogiebaby Feb 2, 2008 12:20 PM

              It can take some getting used to, but now I can't stop eating it (I like it with a touch of honey and some berries). I don't eat yogurt for the calcium -- that's what my multi-vitamin is for. I eat it because it tastes good, and it's low in carbs (I'm diabetic) and high in protein. The 2% Fage has 17 grams of protein.

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                potterybliss Feb 4, 2008 12:12 PM

                I loved Fage from the moment I tried it. It's much milder than American yogurt to me, and it's richer and creamier. It's slightly tart, but it doesn't have the sour aftertaste that other yogurts have. I eat it with fruit and honey, in place of sour cream on burritos and other savory things, and, most recently, with oatmeal pancakes and warm chunky applesauce. Yum.

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