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July 3rd, 2014
Blueberries with granola & yogurt

Benefits of eating yogurt as part of a healthy diet

Yogurts are a much-loved food in the UK – and all over the world. They are consumed throughout the day, from a breakfast staple, to a healthy treat in a packed lunch for kids. In fact, one in five Brits consume a yogurt every day and there are some very good reasons for this. Not only does yogurt taste good but it also can have some fantastic benefits when eaten as part of a healthy diet. It’s a nutrient source.

For those looking to maintain a balanced diet, yogurt is a great part of that as it is a good source of calcium and protein, It’s convenient. Yogurt makes a great snack as it’s easy to take with you, doesn’t need any preparation and is available in a wide variety of flavours – strawberry yogurt is the UK’s favourite. This means that all the benefits of yogurt are available on the run when you need a quick snack.

Yogurt contains live cultures. These cultures have a number of benefits for health that go beyond just basic nutrition. These live cultures are also highly beneficial for those who suffer from lactose intolerance, as they can help with lactose digestion. It delivers essential dietary elements. For example, yogurt contains amino acids that can’t be produced by the body but are a necessary part of our diets. Of the 20 amino acids, nine are essential amino acids that can only be found in our diets (and cannot be made by the body) and all are to be found in yogurt.

Our bodies also need calcium to support healthy bone development, and yogurt is a great source of calcium. It also contains Vitamin A, which is essential for a healthy immune system, and B12, which helps the human body to process food into energy. It’s a great recipe alternative. For anyone looking to have a healthier diet that is lower in fat and calories, yogurt can be used to replace other ingredients like cream and crème fraiche. Some of the dishes where this works particularly well include curries, sauces and dips.

These are just a few of the reasons why yogurt can be a tasty and effective part of a healthy, balanced diet. Not only does it offer this range of fantastic benefits but it tastes great too.