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.