Yogurt is a beneficial way to support your health. It is high in protein and calcium, which aides in boosting the immune system. Not all yogurts are created equal; many are full of saturated fat, sugar and calories. Selecting the correct yogurt is easy if you understand the basics and compare labels. Look for things such as sugar content, live or active cultures and the USDA organic symbol for the healthiest options.
Yogurt is widely available, varying considerably in healthfulness. Read the label and look at the amount of sugar, saturated fat and calories and compare to labels of other yogurts. Consider low-fat and plain options for the best benefits. Top with your own fruit and nuts for added nutrients.
Yogurt With Probiotics
Probiotics are considered “good bacteria” for the gut. It is fermented from milk with live or active cultures. Probiotics may improve lactose intolerance, constipation and other digestive problems, such as irritable bowel syndrome.
USDA Organic Yogurt
Products with the USDA organic label "Organic" are held to stringent regulations regarding the use of pesticides, hormones and chemicals in processing. When you see this label, it means the product contains 95 percent to 100 percent organic ingredients. If the product says, "Made with organic ingredients, then 70 percent of the ingredients must be organic. If organic ingredients are only noted in the ingredient list, then it contains less than 70 percent.
This yogurt is thicker, creamier and smoother than other yogurts. The fermenting process filters out the whey via a cheesecloth bag. The yogurt is slightly higher in calcium, protein and live cultures, but its more sour flavor is a matter of personal taste.