USDA Urged to Update Nutritional Guidelines on Greek Yogurt

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been urged to update its nutritional guidelines to differentiate Greek from other traditional types of yogurt and reclassify it as a high-protein product.

Programs like MyPlate, which recommends a balanced diet including 20 percent protein and a daily portion of dairy, does not currently differentiate Greek yogurt from other traditional forms of yogurt. This category is also absent from the MyPlate protein group, even though Greek yogurts tend to have a significant amount of protein.

The inclusion of Greek yogurt into the school lunch program could save the US school system money, while providing a wholesome meal for students simply because of the high amounts of protein it contains. US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and US Representative Richard Hanna are urging this program to make these necessary changes.