A few weeks ago, on The Bavarian's birthday to be exact, I was aked to review Glenisk's new product, High Protein Strained Greek Style Yogurt. With one thing and another, it has taken me a while to get round to doing it. But at last I have. Any of you who have read my Glenisk competition entry will know that I am already a fan, so I was thrilled to have the chance to try out their latest work.
The product is being marketed as high in protein and with 0% fat. Generally speaking, I am 'an everything in moderation' kind of person and don't tend to go for low fat, low sugar, low carbs, etc. I eat what I feel like and try not to over do it on the unhealthy stuff.
My very kind sister, who knows a lot about the good, the bad and the ugly of processed foods from her studies and her work, has helped me out with this review since, as I say, I usually stick to the regular version of any processed products I buy. It can be very tricky for the ordinary consumer to know whether or not to trust all these claims of high this, low that and zero the other. So rather than just saying "Yeah, yum, very tasty. I'd buy that again", I out-sourced and here is what my favourite food expert had to say:
The ingredients in the natural yogurt are just skimmed milk and cultures. In the flavoured one there is sugar rather than sweeteners So I'd be very happy with that.
The yogurts are extremely thick and creamy for a fat free yogurt. The high protein comes from the fact that is strained twice. It was nice to see that the high protein was an inherent property of strained yogurt and not an added protein powder.
The Glenisk high protein yogurt seems to be the same as Skyr - an Icelandic style skimmed milk strained yogurt that is currently a small but growing trend. To make a "high in protein" claim on food, the protein must be a least 20% of the total energy value of the food, and to say "source of protein" it must be at least 12%. Therefore, a very low calorie (i.e. low energy) food labelled as high protein may well have more than 20% of it's energy coming from protein, but it still may not actually be a very large portion of protein which you are getting.
To illustrate this, here are some examples:
- Chickpeas (labelled as high in protein) 24% of its energy value comes from protein
- Batchelors Beans (labelled as a source of protein) 16% of its energy value comes from protein
So how much of the energy content content of Glenisk Natural High Protein yogurt comes from protein?.....71%. That is huge. So despite being very low calorie (84kcal for a 150g pot) it still has a good hit of protein.
[Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. Glenisk provided me with vouchers for their new product Glenisk Strained Greek Style Yogurt for the purpose of conduting a review. All photographs and opinions are my own and those of my family].