For those of you who just don't get everyone else's love affair with Greek yogurt, you'll be happy to hear that Stonyfield announced earlier this week a brand new product called Petite Crème.
Modeled on fromage blanc, a silky-sweet fresh cheese popular in France, this just may give Greek yogurt a run for its money.
Let's compare, based on a 5.3-ounce serving.
Petite Creme (blueberry flavor): 130 calories, 2.5g fat (1.5g saturated), 10g protein, 15g sugars, 15% calcium
Stonyfield's Greek yogurt (blueberry flavor): 120 calories, 0g fat (0g saturated), 12g protein, 15g sugars, 15% calcium
Chobani 2% Greek yogurt (apricot flavor): 140 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated), 11g protein, 15g sugars, 15% calcium
The only relevant difference I can see is Petite Crème does not contain any probiotics, a.k.a. live microbes, which have been touted in the media recently to promote health, especially for those with digestive problems. According to Stonyfield, "when listening to consumer feedback, Stonyfield found that protein and calcium are the two most important nutritional qualities of Greek yogurt, which inspired the brand to create Petite Crème with the same great nutrients as Greek but with the creamier texture and milder taste the cheese cultures provide."
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I have to agree. When I recommend yogurt to a patient, it generally has nothing to do with the probiotics, unless they are on antibiotics—instead it is basically because I think it would make a great snack or part of breakfast because of the protein content. Calcium is always the added bonus.
Bottom line: It's another healthy choice, but the ultimate buying decision will come down to taste. If you want to check it out, Petite Crème will be found in the supermarket right along side yogurt.