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The Benefits of Yogurt Consumption

Updated on March 17, 2010

Frozen Yogurt

Good For You Yogurt

Yogurt is a wonderful snack or breakfast food that tastes good, comes in a multitude of flavors for every taste, and best of all its extremely good for you. You can't go wrong when you regularly eat yogurt. Yogurt is a fermented dairy product made using bacterial cultures to milk. Yogurt with active live cultures, are considered probiotics. Probiotics are living organisms in foods that can give health benefits when eaten in adequate amounts. Good bacteria can help with the digestive system by replacing or increasing the microflora in the intestines. Good bacteria can also help improve your immune system. Yogurt also has animal protein, calcium, vitamins B-2 and B-12, potassium, and magnesium. Having a good immune system can help prevent a huge array of medical problems. Its a simple deal to add yogurt to your daily food intake and its so good for you.

The Benefits

Since yogurt is a dairy product it can help prevent Osteoporosis. Yogurt has calcium and Vitamin D which has been shown to improve skeletal health. The more you eat the better for your bones. Especially in women over the age of 50. A recent study at Harvard School of Public Health found that daily intake of dairy products reduces the risk of high blood pressure by 50%. Yogurt also helps the digestive system. By ingesting probiotic live cultures the digestive system works the way it was intended. Yogurt is thought to help with constipation, diarrhea, colon cancer,and  inflammatory bowel disease. It also improves your immune system to help you fight these problems. Research studies have shown that yogurt helps fortify your immune system which increases your resistance to immune related diseases. Its especially good for the older population who usually have lower resistance to certain diseases. Yogurt has also been shown to reduce the incidents of yeast infections due to the live active cultures found in yogurt. Yogurt has been found in one study that people who consume yogurt with live cultures showed a significant drop in their LDL or bad cholesterol but also showed an increase in their HDL or good cholesterol.

A Dietary Supplement

Yogurt is a great food for supplementing your diet. Its very good for you, because of the live cultures. But it tastes good and is low in calories so its a great alternative to eating a cookie or some other high calorie food. So you get the benefits of live culture to improve your overall health and its lower in calories than most good tasting foods. Yogurt helps you to fell fuller longer,it has calcium for your bones, and helps your digestive and immune systems. In another study on obese men and women consuming 3 daily portions of yogurt lost 61% more fat and 81% more abdominal fat than other people consuming the same amount of calories but with little or no dairy products. Scientists are not sure why consuming yogurt promotes fat loss but they are still working on the reason why. Nonetheless this study was published in the International Journal of Obesity and show adding yogurt to your daily diet can help with fat loss.

The Many Tastes of Yogurt

There are a lot of people who just don't like the idea of fermented milk products. When you think about most people associate it with spoiled milk in their refrigerators. And for many years I didn't eat yogurt either. But with a bit of cajoling from my kids and husband I finally gave it a try about a year ago. And much to my surprise it was very very good. All those lost years of a wonderful food. I now eat yogurt every day. Yogurt comes in a dazzling array of flavor, from Key Lime Pie, which has become a huge favorite, and sometimes it seems they sell out of that flavor quickly, to fruit flavors with chunks of fruit, to Boston Creme Pie and Cinnamon Roll flavors. Whatever your taste there is probably a flavor you like. Some people still can't get past the fermentation idea, so a good idea is to freeze your yogurt. It tastes like ice cream after its frozen and some people can eat it only frozen. Give it a try if you have never eaten yogurt, you might be pleasantly surprised. Here's to your health.

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      RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

      Lots of good information here!

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      fishtiger58 7 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      Thanks so much for your comment

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      fishtiger, yest I love yoghurt too. good article and healthy

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      fishtiger58 7 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      Thanks Eileen , I love yogurt too.

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      Patti Ann 7 years ago from Florida

      Excellent information - I love yogurt - my favorite is the Stonyfield organic brand - their strawberry yogurt is awesome!! I wonder if frozen yogurt has any of these good benefits.

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      fishtiger58 7 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      I'm not sure about frozen yogurt, I am thinking you lose the live culture thing if frozen but I'm not sure, will have to look that up. I am not to particular about the brand but I do so love the Key Lime flavor.

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      suziecat7 7 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Really good stuff here. I think I'll go have a yogurt. (The Greek kind is sooooo good.)

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      fishtiger58 7 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      Thanks suziecat, I think I'll have some as well. Thanks for your kind comments.

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      successfulblogger 7 years ago from Los Angeles,Ca

      We have some great yogurt places here in California.

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      fishtiger58 7 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      Yogurt places, I wanna go to some yogurt places. Maybe there are some in Chicago I don't know but would love to go to one.

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      aefrancisco 7 years ago from somewhere down the road

      Thanks...

      I love yogurt! :)

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      fishtiger58 7 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      Thank you aefrancisco I love it too.

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      AdamGee 7 years ago

      I loooove yogurt as well. Especially vanilla. Thanks for writing this!

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      fishtiger58 7 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      I love the key lime the best but vanilla is good as well. Thanks for reading my hub Adam.

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      RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

      I adore yogurt! Frozen is the best. Some years ago, I found a little place, on Denman Street in Vancouver, that made their own frozen yogurt - fresh, on the spot, full of the fruit of your choice. It was amazing!

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      fishtiger58 6 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      That sounds yummy, I would love to go there. Thanks so much for reading my hub.

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      I didn't know those little pots of yoghurt had so many benefits. I hardly buy them anymore but after reading this, it would be a good idea to put them on the shopping list again. Regards.

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      fishtiger58 6 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      Thanks Lady E and yes eating yogurt is a great idea, try the key lime flavor just lovely.

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      kaiser 6 years ago

      thanks for your information

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      fishtiger58 6 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      Thanks for reading kaiser

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      NDAEKONG 4 years ago

      Thanks for your information.I am going give it a trial.

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      fishtiger58 4 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      Thanks Ndaekong

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      Karthy 4 years ago

      After reading this article I will start taking yoghurt on a daily basis

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      fishtiger58 4 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      Thanks for reading my hub Karthy, I eat it regularly as well.

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      Zaeshaun 2 years ago

      I carry on listening to the nesawcst lecture about getting free online grant applications so I have been looking around for the most excellent site to get one. Could you advise me please, where could i find some?

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      fishtiger58 2 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      Zaeshaun this is an article about yogurt, why are you asking me about grants.

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      Rey 2 years ago

      Rosie in AK:If its still in question why some chosoe to eat so much Greek yogurt as if its another chia seed to encourage weightloss- but we eat it because the thick plain yogurt tastes better than sour cream on my spicy turkey & yam tacos. Mmm it pairs nicely with the heat.I also thought it was healthier because in addition to the probiotics and good bacteria it had a good amount of protein in it. Jamie Lee Curtis on that yuck yogurt I am certain they got in trouble for saying it helps more so than other yogurts for digestion and they have no back up to say so.

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