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Greek Yogurt Instead of Sour Cream

Greek Yogurt Instead of Sour Cream

A dollop of sour cream may add flavor to your taco or homemade ranch dip, but that flavor comes with a hefty helping of heart-unhealthy fat. In just ¼ cup, this topping packs around 20 grams of saturated fat—that's more than 100 percent of the daily recommended value of saturated fat for adults.

Next time your recipe calls for sour cream, try substituting Greek yogurt instead. “Greek yogurt has more protein and less fat than sour cream,” said Bethany Thayer, MS, RD, the director of the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. And because Greek yogurt is thick and has a similar tanginess and consistency to sour cream, you can exchange them one-to-one in your recipe, said Joachim. Mix in your favorite hot sauce to top off a warm bowl of chili or add some finely chopped caramelized onions (sautéed with olive oil), garlic powder and ground pepper to make a tasty onion dip.

By Brittany Doohan. Published February 4, 2013. Brittany is a health and lifestyle writer living in San Francisco.