The Health Benefits of Yogurt

by on May 11th, 2010 at 7:00 am

One of the most commonly eaten snacks is also one of the healthiest foods available, if you pick the right one. Yogurt’s nutritional content includes vitamin B12, pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), zinc, potassium, protein and molybdenum.

Because of these ingredients, yogurt has numerous health benefits, including providing protection against ulcers, reducing the risk of colorectal cancer and regulating cholesterol levels. That’s not all; yogurt contains healthy bacteria which have been proven to boost immune system response and promote digestive regularity.

Choosing the best yogurt for you

The easiest rule of thumb to follow when choosing a yogurt that will provide the most health benefits is to look for the least processed types, with no added flavors or sugars. Greek yogurt is a great option. It is typically plain and available in a low-fat version.

A great way to eat it is to add fresh fruit, honey and nuts. This simple dish makes an excellent afternoon snack or a delicious way to start the day.  You can also incorporate non-sweetened yogurt into savory dishes. Use plain yogurt as a baked potato topping instead of sour cream or use it to make a tangy marinade for salmon by combining it with fresh dill.

Many yogurts on the market today have more added sugars then some desserts! Artificially-sweetened options, although lower in calories, are no better. Our bodies do better with natural foods that we are able to digest without straining the liver, gallbladder, and digestive system. Stay away from dessert-style yogurts and sweeten plain yogurt with honey, natural fruit and granola instead.

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