Say Yes to Yogurt

Higher in calcium than milk, 8 ounces of nonfat yogurt contains an impressive 7-13 grams of protein, which can help you meet your daily needs, and leave you feeling satiated.  What truly makes yogurt a superstar is its role as a probiotic; its active cultures promote intestinal health and boost immunity.  Consuming yogurt when taking antibiotics can help prevent the medications’ diarrhea side effect by re-populating your body’s “good” bacteria in the intestines.

Many individuals who are lactose intolerant can eat yogurt because of its low lactose content.  From a sugar standpoint, the best yogurt option is plain low-fat or plain non-fat.  Flavored yogurts often have high levels of added sugar.  Plain, All Natural Dannon yogurt has 12 grams of sugar, all of it from milk, while Vanilla All Natural Dannon yogurt contains 25 grams of sugar, with sugar listed as the second ingredient.  Have a hard time with the tart taste of plain yogurt?  Add fruit such as diced fresh peaches or frozen berries – the natural fruit sweetness will perk up the plain yogurt.  Yogurt is a staple in Williamson dinning rooms and cafes, and is served up with a variety of topping options such as fruit, nuts and granola.  Yogurt is a healthy snack or dessert and is delicious in smoothies and cold soups.

You made have noticed the current influx of Greek yogurt in the marketplace.  This style of yogurt is concentrated, with the liquid drained, making it very thick.  Greek yogurt is higher in protein than regular; it contains about 20 grams per 8 ounces.  Regular yogurt however, contains three times the calcium of Greek, so choose the one that best fits your nutritional needs.

Published by Anna Bullett, MS, RD, on July 18th, 2011 at 9:00 am. Filled under: Calcium,Dairy,Diet,Probiotic,ProteinNo Comments

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