I’ve been a big fan of yogurt for a while now, and research published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association this past March makes me enjoy it even more!
Yogurt can provide a low calorie and low fat food choice (especially when you choose fat free or low fat versions) that normally contains about 60-120 calories per serving. Yogurt is a good source of calcium and daily intake of high calcium foods has been associated with positive health benefits such as weight loss and decreased blood pressure and cholesterol. But, there’s even more…
Yogurt with active cultures contains prebiotics and probiotics that help your digestive tract continue working at its best. The healthy bacteria can provide many beneficial effects, including:
* Enhanced immune function
* Improved colonic integrity
* Decreased incidence and duration of intestinal infections
* Down-regulated allergic response
* Improved digestion and elimination
Yogurt also provides both protein and carbohydrates, making it a wonderful grab-n-go snack when life keeps you busy.