Eating for Your Health: Yogurt

Yogurt and Granola

Yogurt is one of those foods that show up on all the healthy foods lists. So, why is it so healthy?  Well, for starters, it is dairy and therefore high in calcium.  And, it is really easy to find low-fat or non-fat versions.  Yogurt is also packed with protein – especially if you buy the Greek style, which can have up to twice the protein of regular style.  Most yogurt is also fortified with vitamin D, which is not only necessary on its own, but also helps you use all that calcium.

But, what make yogurt unique is the probiotic or good bacteria found in it.  Probiotics help digestion and immune function.  So, when buying, make sure the label says that in contains active cultures.  If it doesn’t contain active cultures, it doesn’t have the probiotics.

So what benefits do all this goodness provide?  Yogurt may help prevent osteoporosis, high blood pressure, and yeast infections.  It also may help many gastrointestinal diseases including inflammatory bowel disease and colon cancer.

So, how do you eat yogurt?

1.  Right out of the carton.  It comes in a variety of flavors, fat contents, and even sugar free versions.

2.  Use it as a substitute for mayonnaise or sour cream.

3.  Try one of these great recipes:

Greek Yogurt Smoothie

Seahawk Yogurt Fruit Cups

Whole Wheat Greek Yogurt Waffles

Homemade Yogurt

Poached Salmon with Dill Sauce

Source:  WebMD

 

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