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I'm wondering whether the blending speed will affect the texture of the yogurt unfavourably. I am making a spinach and artichoke dip, and I want to lower the calories per serving. If I can substitute, should I do it one-to-one?

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You can substitute one to one.

Many brands of "light sour cream" (Which is an oxymoron. Cream without the cream?) have a lot of gums and starches to stabilize the liquid as the fat would have done.

Brands that don't have gums dilute the fat with skim milk and are basically just yogurt anyway.

Regular yogurt is fragile. It is a delicate mesh of proteins filled with water. When it is blended the water washes out. However, greek yogurt has already had this done! So there is less water and it stays creamy and loses relatively little extra liquid even when blended.

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  • Thanks for a clearly written answer, with a good explanation. – Beth Apr 5 '15 at 0:59

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