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Old 07-14-2010, 10:46 AM   #1
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Sour cream vs. Greek yogurt

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I really need some veteran low carbers advice here. My 13 year old who loves Greek yogurt commented on how sour cream tastes just like Greek yogurt. We added some sweetner, flaxseed meal, and berries and it really does! I would like us to eat that instead because it is so much cheaper! My 13 year old is also under weight so I'm thinking the extra fat would be great. I am back on induction and would like to do this also. What are your thoughts on this?
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Old 07-14-2010, 10:50 AM   #2
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Im no help because I think they taste completely different. I would think that with sour cream you wouldnt be getting the same health benefit as with yogurt. Yogurt has live cultures and probiotics that do a body good.
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I would go with the Greek yogurt. It is more of a food where sour cream is really a condiment. For example, a serving of full fat FAGE Greek yogurt is really a meal if you look at the calories, fat, carbs and protein. Adding flaxmeal and berries would add fiber and additional nutrients. It also contains the active cultures which are very healthy and beneficial.

It is more pricey than sour cream. I've noticed a lot of threads on here about making yogurt at home (you would then strain it to make Greek yogurt). Maybe that might be an option to explore?
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being a Ferenghi, u know where my sympathies lie.

i use sour cream because it is cheaper. i put my flax seeds on a Tblspn of sour cream and down the hatch (full fat sour cream of course). yoghurt and sour cream both originate from a creature. ergo, they are real foods. I love the greek yoghurt too. I had it when i was in Greece. It was so fresh that it was still inside the goat that very morning. So, if finance is a problem, go with the sour cream. I do. Love & Profits: FLATFERENGHI
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Hi all,
I really need some veteran low carbers advice here. My 13 year old who loves Greek yogurt commented on how sour cream tastes just like Greek yogurt. We added some sweetner, flaxseed meal, and berries and it really does! I would like us to eat that instead because it is so much cheaper! My 13 year old is also under weight so I'm thinking the extra fat would be great. I am back on induction and would like to do this also. What are your thoughts on this?
Hi tg…
This is easy for me - I build our yogurt a gallon at a time from 1/2 heavy cream-1/2 whole milk and it is as thick as sour cream and about $2.50 quart ($9.50 worth of ingredients for 4 quarts plus one cup). Tastes better to me, is thick like FAGE.

Takes 20 minutes start to finish to put it in incubation in the jars it will be stored in, and 12 hours later it's ready to refrigerate.

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Go with yogurt for the good bacteria.
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What is FAGE?
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One of the better commercially made Greek Yogurts (strained to be thicker) and it is smooth and creamy

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One of the better commercially made Greek Yogurts (strained to be thicker) and it is smooth and creamy

Thanks. I was trying to figure out the acronym.
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I think it would be fine. Just count your carbs!
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I suppose you could. 6 oz of sour cream has 364 cals and 35 grams of fat. Not sure what the Fage has??
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I suppose you could. 6 oz of sour cream has 364 cals and 35 grams of fat. Not sure what the Fage has??
Not sure about Fage but my 2% Chobani (another brand of Greek yogurt) has 130 calories for 6 oz, 3.5 grams of fat and 7 carbs. I can't imagine that even the full fat Fage compares calorie-wise to sour cream.
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Yogurt has calcium, vitamin D, protein, vitamin B12, riboflavin, pro-biotics... sour cream has none of that. I would definitely pay the extra money to get good nutrition for you and your child!
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Sour cream is ok on induction in seriously limited amounts, but fage is not.

So in lower levels, you want to stick with SC and in higher levels of carbs, I use greek yogurt since I keep it in the house more often.
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Thank you so much everyone for your expertise and advice. I think it is a great idea to make my own Greek yoghurt also! SInce I am on induction and trying to up the fat do you think this will work well?
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If you're making it larry-style with a lot of heavy cream, it will do that for you. You can also swirl in a tablespoon or two of heavy cream into store bought greek yogurt to up the fat, but keep in mind you're only allow a couple tablespoons of HWC a day.

Yogurt is an OWL food though, so as a source of added fat on Induction - not the best choice.

Add some extra butter/olive oil to your veggies, eat the skin on your roasted chicken; eat fattier cuts of meat. It's not difficult and you don't have to add much to get up the fat %.
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I haven't tried the Greek yogurt yet because it is rather high in carbs. Did it affect your weight loss?
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Greek yogurt is expensive. I have good results straining a big container of the plain, full fat yogurt from Costco. I can't remember the brand, but there is a cow on it.

I line a wire mesh strainer with a couple of paper towels, put the strainer over a bowl, dump in the yogurt and let it strain overnight in the fridge. Then I put it back in the container and mix it up however I like it.

I agree with the others that you may want to hold off for a while since you just started (if the 7/7/10 date is correct), but it would be a great food to keep around for your daughter. Put the fruit or whatever she likes in it and it is quick, easy and healthy for her. I love pecans in mine and they are full of calories and good nutrition for her.

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Greek yogurt is expensive. I have good results straining a big container of the plain, full fat yogurt from Costco. I can't remember the brand, but there is a cow on it.

I line a wire mesh strainer with a couple of paper towels, put the strainer over a bowl, dump in the yogurt and let it strain overnight in the fridge. Then I put it back in the container and mix it up however I like it.

I agree with the others that you may want to hold off for a while since you just started (if the 7/7/10 date is correct), but it would be a great food to keep around for your daughter. Put the fruit or whatever she likes in it and it is quick, easy and healthy for her. I love pecans in mine and they are full of calories and good nutrition for her.

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This is the most practical. The by product whey, can be saved to make mayonnaise and fermented veggies. This adds beneficial enzymes too.
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I haven't tried the Greek yogurt yet because it is rather high in carbs. Did it affect your weight loss?
If you hold off until the appropriate rung of the carb ladder, and portion control the amount then the carbs should be fine and shouldn't affect your loss unless your body just decides "nah, this stuff is gonna be a problem." Or you dive face first into a vat of it and eat your way out. Not that I'd know anything about that. Ahem.

Check the labels for different brands, as I've seen some where the carbs were twice as high as on other brands. Don't know how, there was nothing added and they were both full fat, but whatever! Always check!
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