Yogurt is a delicious dairy product, which can be eaten plain or with fruit. Yogurt has Vitamin D and other nutrients. Yogurt can be purchased in low fat and light varieties, which will decrease calorie intake. When you purchase yogurt from the grocery store, however, make sure it has live cultures, in order to obtain maximum health benefits.
Many varieties of yogurt are good sources of probiotics. These are the friendly bacteria that promote a healthy immune system and digestive health. Commercial yogurts are heat-treated, and therefore may lose live cultures during processing.
When shopping for yogurt, be sure to look for brands that have the statement “live and active cultures” on the label. I recently began eating Yocrunch light yogurts. I am glad to know that in addition to tasting good, and having delicious toppings like M&M’s, granola and cookies, this brand has live active cultures.
The live and active cultures in yogurt make it an easier dairy product to digest for those who are lactose intolerant. T he live and active cultures Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus are the two cultures that are added to milk in order to to create yogurt.
Our bodies need a good amount of healthy bacteria The calcium and vitamin D in yogurt m ay help prevent osteoporosis. One study showed a 50% reduction in high blood pressure in those who ate 2-3 servings of yogurt regularly.
Yogurt has also been shown to improve the health of women who are dealing with vaginal infections. I y know a few women who at the onset of what they believed to be a yeast infection, began eating yogurt, and they all said their symptoms disappointed. This has happened personally with me, twice.