Sunday, September 10, 2017

Add Some Yogurt to Your Day

Why is yogurt so healthy?
  • Protein – yogurt is not only a good source of protein, the protein in yogurt is a high-quality protein.  Eating protein at meals helps you feel full longer as protein has “staying power” and takes longer to digest than carbs.  This may be the reason that yogurt helps keep off the weight.  Greek yogurt is higher in protein than regular yogurt but often has less calcium.
  • Probiotics – a huge, benefit of yogurt is the probiotics.  The “friendly bacteria” in yogurt that seems to have so many health benefits.  Look on the label for “live” active cultures when buying yogurt.
  • Fat in Yogurt – the fat in yogurt contains “sphingolipids” a type of fat that actually seems beneficial to heart health.  And fat is more filling.  Eating whole milk yogurt would be a snack that would be more filling and have more "staying power" than a low fat yogurt. 
Not All Dairy Fat is Equal – one would think that the dairy fat in butter would be the same as the dairy fat in cheese.  But not so.  Apparently, butter fat has less of those “sphingolipids” than cheese or yogurt does.  This is good news for cheese lovers like me. 
Calcium and Vitamin D – these are 2 nutrients that so many Americans are not getting enough of.  Adding a yogurt to your day will boost your calcium intake.  But check to make sure the yogurt you are eating also provides vitamin D.  Not all brands do.

Which yogurt to choose?  Choose a brand you will eat.  A student in my class was eating yogurt and looking pained with every bite.  She was trying to add yogurt to her day but choose a brand of yogurt she obviously did not like.  Other students in the class offered her suggestions and the next class she said she found a yogurt brand she liked to eat.  Plain yogurt with no added sugar can be a good choice.  My husband buys plain yogurt and adds some fresh berries to it.  I like flavored yogurt.  And if you like whole-milk yogurt – enjoy every bite.  New research is showing you may not have to switch to a low-fat yogurt.  Try different brands, different flavors and find some yogurt you can enjoy every day.

This week, add a yogurt a day for better health.  In their yogurt article, Consumer Reports recommends a number of whole milk yogurts including Trader Joe’s Organic Plain Whole Milk Yogurt, Annie’s Organic Whole Milk Yogurt, Dannon Oikos Plain Whole Milk Greek Yogurt, Chobani Plain Whole Milk Greek Yogurt and Great Value (Walmart) Plain Whole Milk Greek Yogurt. For those who like a little more flavor in their yogurt, some berry yogurts recommended by Consumer Reports are Dannon Strawberry Whole Milk Yogurt, Brown Cow Strawberry Whole Milk Yogurt, Chobani Raspberry Whole Milk Greek Yogurt and Fage Total Strawberry Whole Milk Greek Yogurt.


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