Yogurt has been around since 5000 BC – ancient Indian records called yogurt and honey the food of gods, and Persian traditions put Abraham’s¬†fertility and longevity down to regular intake of yogurt. Since it has withstood the test of time, it’s worth highlighting any potential health benefits.

What we know for sure:

  • Helps with digestion (has less lactose than milk and yogurts with live culture has probiotics)
  • Helps with bones and teeth (a cup is your daily recommended calcium intake)
  • Has micronutrients that reduce the risk of heart disease (Vitamin B, magnesium)
  • Has protein, gives energy and regulates appetite (especially Greek yogurt)
  • Reduces inflammation

What requires more research but is interesting about yogurt:

  • Protects against type 2 diabetes
  • Improves brain function
  • Prevents osteoporosis (depends on the dose and amount of calcium)
  • Discourage vaginal infections
  • Reduce blood pressure

So on balance there appears a broad range of health benefits to including yogurt in your daily diet. Just be careful of sugar content in many of the commercial preparations.

References:

  • https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/295714.php#nutrition
  • https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/7-benefits-of-yogurt#section2
  • https://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/benefits-yogurt#1