The Benefits Of Yogurt On Your Health & Your Life
Are you looking for snacks that are rich with nutritional value? Yogurt is a delicious treat that has many health benefits.
This diverse and flavorful food is high in protein and probiotics, which make it the perfect “pick me up” during the mid-day slump. Keep that refrigerator stocked, at home and at the office.
Growing up, I cannot remember seeing a section of the supermarket devoted to yogurt. This fermented product is made when bacteria is added to milk. It is often flavored and chilled. When looking up yogurt facts, I found it originated in Turkey and its first known use was in 1625. This dairy product is as versatile as anything on the menu and can be eaten at any meal or for a snack. Today, there are endless varieties and choices in the supermarket!
Since yogurt is made from milk, it contains important nutrients such as protein, calcium, vitamin B12, potassium and magnesium. In fact, a 6-ounce serving generally contains as much protein as in one egg or one ounce of meat. Calcium content is 200 to 250 milligrams (20 to 25 percent of Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet) per 6 ounces. Adults and children 9 years or older should consume three servings of dairy foods per day. Yogurt is a quick and easy way to reach this goal. One serving is equal to 1 cup or 8 ounces; however, a common portion is 6 ounces and this amount counts as a serving equivalent.
In addition, yogurt contains friendly bacteria, such as lactobacillus and bifidobacteria, called probiotics. Because of probiotics, yogurt is referred to as a functional food. It provides health benefits beyond basic nutrition. Probiotics may promote digestive health and urinary/genital health, protect against yeast infections and stimulate immune response. They also have anti-inflammatory properties.