Do you like yogurt but wonder whether it’s wise to eat it regularly? Good news: As long as you choose the right type, yogurt can be a great addition to your diet. In fact, consuming a serving every day provides many benefits.
Reasons to Eat More Yogurt
- It’s good for digestion
Certain types of yogurt contain cultures called probiotics, which promote a good balance of bacteria in your intestines (1). When gut bacteria are out of balance, problems like constipation, gas, diarrhea and bloating can occur. Check the yogurt’s label to make sure it contains “live active cultures.” This tells you that it has probiotics.
- Plain or no-sugar-added yogurt is low in carbohydrate
While the label on an eight-ounce container of plain yogurt might list the same amount of carbohydrates found in an equal serving of milk, much of the lactose (milk sugar) in yogurt has been fermented to a substance called lactic acid. Because of this, it contains fewer carbohydrates and will not raise your blood glucose level as much as milk can (2). Greek yogurt has even fewer carbohydrates because it has been strained, which removes additional lactose. However, if you choose flavored yogurt that is sweetened with sugar, you can end up with a very-high-carbohydrate item. Select plain yogurt or the kind sweetened with sugar substitute rather than flavored or fruit-on-the-bottom types. A few brands of plain Greek yogurt which contain probiotics are Chobani, Fage, and Dannon Oikos.
- It provides high-quality protein and is a good source of important minerals
Like all animal products, yogurt contains complete protein that has all the amino acids needed by your body. Greek yogurt is the type highest in protein. In addition to being high in calcium, yogurt is also a good source of phosphorus, potassium, and magnesium.
- It’s a good value.
Compared to other protein sources like poultry, beef, and fish, yogurt isn’t very inexpensive. Look for store-brand items and clip coupons for further savings.
- Yogurt is versatile.
There are many delicious ways to prepare and consume yogurt:
- Top berries with plain yogurt and chopped nuts
- Sprinkle Greek yogurt with cinnamon and sugar substitute
- Use plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream in dips
- Replace some or all of the mayonnaise with plain yogurt when making deviled eggs
- Combine plain Greek yogurt with a mashed avocado and a dash of salt for a quick breakfast