Health Benefits Of Skyr – Is It The New Greek Yogurt?


A lot of people eat yogurt in one form or another, be it plain, Greek, kefir or another variety. As if the dairy isle didn’t have a billion options already, skyr jumps into the game. Since we all know yogurt is great for our bodies, you might be wondering what are the health benefits of skyr, and what exactly is it?

Skyr is a type of yogurt that’s traditionally prepared in Island. It’s typically made of skim or low-fat milk heated with a bit of skyr from the previous batch and once the curds form, the whey is slowly drained.

So what exactly separates skyr from plain yogurt, or even Green yogurt. The answer is simple (on the surface at least): the live cultures used to ferment it. Skyr is thick and in that aspect it’s consistency is similar to the one of Greek yogurt.

Also, commercial varieties of skyr are using a specific mix of live cultures not a bit of skyr from the previous batch as it is traditionally done in Icelandic homes. Some brands even make skyr from whole milk, instead of the low-fat variety which obviously makes for some more variations of the product.

And assuming you’re health conscious and going for the skyr varieties with no added sugar, it makes a healthy, nutritional treat like any other natural dairy product. OF course, skyr is not exactly an ideal snack for those with lactose intolerance but plenty other dairy products aren’t.

Health Benefits Of Skyr

health benefits of skyr

A typical 6-ounce serving of skyr delivers about 110 calories, 19 grams of protein and 7 grams of carbs. As you can see, skyr is a protein-rich food. For example, the same amount of Greek yogurt contains about 7 grams of protein. But the health benefits of skyr are not resumed to macronutrients.

The Icelandic yogurt packs important amounts of phosphorus, calcium, riboflavin, and vitamin B12, and a lower but still significant amount of potassium.

It is well known a protein-rich diet can keep you full for longer, and help with hunger pangs and appetite control. Skyr can obviously be a valuable addition to a high protein diet.

The calcium content found in a serving of skyr will deliver about 20% of the recommended daily intake making it a great food for preventing osteoporosis. And while sufficient calcium intake is required to preserve bone density, I would like to point out that resistance training is just as important, if not even more since performing it regularly can even increase bone density. So yes, eat your dairy which can certainly be skyr if you enjoy it, but don’t ignore the benefits of resistance training and exercise in general.

Skyr being a high-protein, low-carb food it can help your body regulate blood sugar levels. This is particularly important in the long run, and a reliable way to prevent diabetes.

If you’re wondering how to enjoy skyr, know there are plenty of ways to do it. You can use it as a yogurt replacement in various recipes, indulge in a plain cup of skyr or go for the fruit varieties. In the latter case do be careful when you choose the brand since just like fruit yogurt, this type of skyr products could have added sugar, which is something we should all avoid.

Have you ever tried skyr and how do you like it compared to yogurt and Greek yogurt? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!