Five Reasons to Eat Yogurt
By Tamara J. Lowengrub M.S.
There are 3 main categories of yogurt: regular yogurt, Greek yogurt, and nondairy. With so many options, anyone can find the type of yogurt that best meets their nutritional needs! Here are five reasons to eat yogurt.
1. Good source of probiotics – Probiotics help promote a healthy gut and aids in overall immune health.
2. High protein content– Greek Yogurt has more protein than regular milk. A single serving of Greek yogurt has 12 grams of protein while one cup of milk has 8 grams of protein.
3. Versatile– Yogurt can be used both in cooking and baking recipes. Yogurt can be easily swapped in for sour cream or mayonnaise. Sometimes yogurt can even be substituted for milk. However, it may take longer to cook than milk because of the thickness of the batter consistency. Adding yogurt to a recipe increases the nutrient quality of the meal.
4. Good source of calcium– One individual serving of yogurt provides a swimmer with 45% of the calcium recommended daily intake or RDI. The primary function of Calcium in the body is to promote tooth and bone health.
5. Accessible and available– Yogurt can be made at home which can be a benefit in these uncertain times with limited food availability. Homemade yogurt requires 3 ingredients: whole milk (not ultra-pasteurized), heavy cream and plain whole milk yogurt. The Washington Post Food Section, on April 10, 2020, has a detailed recipe for homemade yogurt (https://www.washingtonpost.com/recipes/homemade-yogurt/17422/).