Ode to YogurtPosted: October 20, 2010
Fitness Magazine published an informative piece titled, “10 Surprising Health Benefits of Yogurt.” These benefits include: flatter abs courtesy of calcium; a strengthened immune system from good-for-you bacteria; high blood pressure prevention from the potassium; and red blood cell and nervous system maintenance provided by vitamin B12. Check out the article for the other six, as well as a list of their Favorite Yogurts.
As for what to look for when choosing a yogurt, keep in mind that not all yogurts are created equal, and some can actually do more harm than good. The Healthy Apron has a great post on How to Pick A Healthy Yogurt. In a nutshell, you want to make sure that you’re not ingesting too much sugar (many of the fruit-in and flavored yogurts are high in sugar content – more than 20 grams of fat per 6-ounce serving) or too much fat (eschew the full-fat offerings for lower-fat varieties – less than 3.5 grams of fat per 6-ounce serving).
I tend to go for 1% Plain, organic if I can find it. You can always sweeten it up with a little honey or agave nectar (the latest healthy sweetener). I like to squeeze the juice that’s left from half a grapefruit to give it some extra flavor. Add your favorite fruits, nuts, seeds, granola, whatever is appealing.
An added bonus? If you’re really in a jam (i.e. the jar of mayonnaise has seen its last scrape), plain yogurt will do its part hold together a decent tuna sandwich (with a little red onion, salt and pepper).
If you’re not already eating yogurt, try including it in your daily menu a couple of times a week. Your body will thank you.