As we try to incorporate healthier habits into our busy lives, it helps to be more mindful of our food choices. But that doesn’t mean we have to skimp on taste. Our favorite foods can pack a nutrient punch and knock you out with flavor too! Think delicious AND nutritious. Many tasty foods are known to support good health. Turns out, yogurt is one of those foods. Plus, yogurt is a great heart-healthy option for almost any time of day! Here are four reasons we heart yogurt.
It supports healthy bones and heart
Yogurt is loaded with essential vitamins and minerals, such as B vitamins, potassium, calcium and vitamin D. Potassium can help lower blood pressure, especially if you have high blood pressure. Calcium plays a critical role in bone and teeth development. Vitamin D is needed to help the body absorb calcium to maintain strong bones.
It promotes a healthy gut
Many yogurts contain live and active cultures, which help convert milk to yogurt, enhance flavor and promote the introduction of good bacteria in our gut. To identify yogurt products with live and active cultures, check the ingredient list for specific types of bacteria like Streptococcus thermophilus and Lactobacillus bulgaricus. You can also look at labels for the “Live and Active Cultures” seal.
It helps build healthy muscles
Yogurt contains protein, and some styles (like Greek for example) contain 8-14 grams of protein per 5-6 ounce serving. Protein serves as building blocks for muscles, bones, cartilage, skin and blood. Consuming enough protein can help maintain the muscle you have, while also helping to build new muscle you may want and need. As a bonus, protein can also help you feel full longer, which can help you maintain a healthy weight.
Check out our infographic for more information on the benefits yogurt, including creative ways to enjoy it!