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The Benefits of Yogurt

By: Erin Grayson, RD

Are you a yogurt fan? New research shows that yogurt lovers are thinner and have healthier diets compared to those who forgo it. Yogurt is a great source of protein, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, magnesium, and B vitamins. It also contains millions of live healthy bacteria, called probiotics, which help improve digestion and your immune system.

The recent scientific study from researchers at Tufts University found that yogurt eaters have lower BMIs, smaller waist circumferences, reduced levels of triglycerides, improved fasting glucose and insulin, lower blood pressure and higher HDL cholesterol than those who didn’t eat yogurt. In addition, those eating yogurt also ate more fruits and veggies, whole grains, nuts, and fish. It’s interesting that one food item can potentially inadvertently result in a healthier human being. With this new found information, what would be the best choice of yogurt?

When you are at the grocery store looking for yogurt, it can be overwhelming because there are literally hundreds of choices: regular, fruit-flavored, artificially-sweetened, Greek, Swiss and many more.

Nutrient facts in yogurt are in some brands close in amount of calories, protein and fat intake. However, the differences lie in sugar intake which varies between brands due to natural and unnaturally sweeteners as well as other ingredients. Greek yogurt (any brand) is highest in protein, lowest in fat, and lowest in sugar. By consuming plain Greek yogurt, you would significantly reduce the amount of added sugar to daily yogurt intake. However, many new varieties of Greek yogurt have lots of added sugars, so don’t be fooled.

Use this helpful chart to determine which yogurt is best for you. Always look at the protein and sugar content of yogurts and buy those with the most protein and least amount of sugars. Give your Dietitian a call if you have any questions, we’d love to help!

Yogurt Chart

Adapted from Appetite for Health blog: