Yogurt came to the United States in the late 1800’s, and is seen as somewhat of an odd food. It is made from curdled milk, yet many people who are lactose intolerant can eat it. Yogurt contains live bacterial cultures, yet it is “good” bacteria. The latest news on yogurt is its benefits to periodontal health, which is linked to the lactic acid it contains. Yogurt benefits the gums in ways that milk and cheese do not.
Other health benefits of yogurt:
1. High in protein– Most yogurts contain at least 20% of your daily protein needs, and Greek yogurt often contains even more. The protein is easily digestible because of the fermentation process involved in making yogurt.
2. Low is fat, no saturated fat– Yogurt comes in full fat, low-fat, and non-fat varieties. Yogurt does not contain any saturated fat, no matter which type you choose.
3. Can boost immunity– Many studies have shown the positive effects of yogurt on white blood cells.
4. Can provide calcium and other valuable nutrients to those who are lactose intolerant– Many people who cannot tolerate milk or cheese are able to stomach yogurt, which allows them to receive the benefits and nutrients of dairy products without the upset stomach.
5. Supports the digestive system– Yogurt helps out the digestive system in many ways, from helping heal intestinal infections to making it easier to absorb its nutrients because of the ease of digestion of yogurt.
Yogurt is an excellent source of nutrients and supports your health in many ways, however this doesn’t mean that all foods containing yogurt are a good choice. Watch out for the sugar content of your yogurt, and try to find a type with a low amount of added sugar. The yogurt coating of fruit and nut snacks, such as yogurt covered raisins, contains more sugar than yogurt, and does not offer the benefits that yogurt, yogurt dips, or smoothies do.