Health Benefits of Yogurt

Yogurt's got power-boosting protein and bone-building calcium. It's also loaded with vitamins and can be added to almost every recipe. Here's the scoop on the benefits of yogurt — and how much you should eat. Whether you opt for Greek yogurt, organic or soy you'll starting seeing results instantly.

Yogurt contain good-for-you bacteria

Probiotics are beneficial bugs that live in your digestive tract and help crowd out harmful microorganisms that can cause intestinal infections.

Yogurt is loaded with vitamins

One serving is a significant source of potassium, phosphorous, riboflavin, iodine, zinc, and vitamin B5. Yogurt also contains B12, which maintains red blood cells and helps keep your nervous system functioning properly.

A cup of yogurt a day can help you recover faster after a workout

With the right ratio of protein to carbohydrates, yogurt, particularly high-protein Greek yogurt, makes an excellent post-sweat-session snack. The protein provides the amino acids your muscles need to repair themselves, and the carbohydrates replace your muscles' energy stores, which are depleted after a hard workout.

Not all yogurt is equal when it comes to calcium and vitamin D

Since it naturally contains calcium, you'd think the amount would be the same no matter which yogurt you pick. Incorrect! How much is in a container depends on processing. For instance, fruit yogurt tends to have less calcium than plain because the sugar and fruit take up precious space in the container.

Yogurt is a high-protein food

Yogurt can be an excellent source of protein. Greek yogurt, which is strained to make it thicker, has up to 20 grams of protein per container; traditional yogurt may have as few as five grams. If you're eating it for the protein, look for brands that provide at least eight to 10 grams per serving.

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