Does anyone out there eat Greek food? I love greek but obviously will be skipping the pita bread. Is tzatziki a good condiment for greek food -- I saw one nutritional label for a Trader Joe's tzatziki sauce and it has 1 gram of sugar, 2 carbs per serving... but is that usual? If I go to a greek place can I order it relatively safely? Any help would be appreciated!!
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on April 20, 2010
at 10:12 PM
I don't care for tzatziki myself, but I think (when you are considering primality), it's best to look at the list of ingredients, THEN look at the carb counts. It definitely is a good idea to make these things yourself if at all possible. Then you don't get those weird ingredients that completely destroy the nutritional profile of anything that might have been good to start with.
It's entirely possible, if you make it yourself, you can avoid the carbs you are seeing on the label.
That said, Melissa is so right....dairy is an individual thing. I gave up cream as a "test" for two days...then I drank a cup of coffee with cream in it the third day, and got sooooo sick. I almost wish I didn't know that I was lactose intolerant...I would have been okay if I'd just not given it up for two days because my body would not have had a chance to heal from it! (Now, how's that for tortured logic :-)
Also, you may be just fine with cultured dairy (like yogurt), or not....and finally, even if you don't react badly to dairy with illness, it still could cause a weight gain...as I used to see on the boards: "your body, your science experiment."
on April 20, 2010
at 09:41 PM
It's sooo easy to make yourself! And then you can use good ingredients like grass fed yogurt and no sugar. The role of dairy products in paleo is controversial. Many people enjoy them without a problem, others find they cause weight gain or other issues. My stomach reacts quite badly to most, so I rarely consume anything but ghee, which is mainly just the fat without many of the things that cause problems like lactose.
For the dairy free people here, I tried making it with coconut yogurt and it was BAD. Cashews and lemon puree works much better.
on October 07, 2011
at 07:18 PM
I'm Greek, but I live in the USA for about 10 years now. I follow a mix of Paleo and SCD diets (Paleo for everything, plus lactose-free goat cheese/yogurt suggested by the SCD diet -- since I have a damaged gut and this is recommended for my case).
So, I make my own, home-made probiotic lactose-free goat yogurt (fermented for 24 hours, most commercial ones are only fermented for 4 hours). Then, you can easily get that yogurt, strain it with a cheese cloth, and make either goat cheese, or Greek-style strained yogurt. From there, you can make tzatziki: add quite some of olive oil, shredded cucumber, chopped mint. Maybe some black pepper. You're done.
And here's one more Greek recipe, which is as popular in Greece as tzatziki is: tyrokafteri. Remember the well-strained goat yogurt mentioned above that became cheese? Blend on a food processor 1 red ball pepper, and 1 small green jalapeno (for 1 lb of cheese). Chop some chives. Mix well. Enjoy! Picture: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_rKsBjq4x0sI/S1rUlTa7UKI/AAAAAAAAF_4/coyYL62HvlM/s1600-h/trata0020.jpg
A yogurt maker and 9 probiotic starters cost about $60, goat milk is easy to find anywhere. Raw goat milk is much harder to find though.
Finally, cow dairy might taste better at first, but goat dairy is closer to human milk. Its casein is much lower quantity than cow's, and much more tolerable since the protein in it is different. People with cow dairy allergies or intolerance, often have no problem with goat dairy. I personally grew up with goat and sheep dairy, not cow. Cow dairy in Greece only appeared in our daily nutrition (in a large scale) less than 25 years ago.
on October 07, 2011
at 04:20 PM
I just got this message back from Daphne's Greek Cafe (a big California chain):
Thank you for contacting us regarding the soy in our tzatziki sauce. The sour cream used to make the sauce contains vegetable oil. The vegetable oil used contains soybean oil and soy protein isolates.
Thank you once again for contacting us."