The Health Benefits of Yogurt

Today I want to share with you the benefits of eating yogurt as part of a healthy diet.  I have yogurt almost every morning as a part of my breakfast. IMG_20140125_120654_468 Last week when I went grocery shopping I picked up two different flavors, Strawberry and Harvest Peach.  I bought two of the large containers instead of the single serve size because it actually cost less that way.  I just wish they had more variety in the large containers.  Don’t get me wrong I love Strawberry and Peach, but I would love to see Blueberry, Blackberry, Key Lime or a mixed berry in the large containers.  Maybe I could email the company and put in a request?

So what are some of the benefits of eating yogurt?  I found this information in an article published by Fitness Magazine, entitled, 10 Surprising Health Benefits of Yogurt, and I wanted to share of few of them with you.

Yogurt is loaded with vitamins. One serving is a significant source of potassium, phosphorous, riboflavin, iodine, zinc, and vitamin B5.IMG_20140125_121105_896 Yogurt also contains B12, which maintains red blood cells and helps keep your nervous system functioning properly.

A cup of yogurt a day can help you recover faster after a workout.  “The perfect time to grab a container is within 60 minutes of exercise,” says Keri Gans, RD, a nutritionist in New York City.  The protein provides the amino acids your muscles need to repair themselves, Gans explains, and the carbohydrates replace your muscles’ energy stores, which are depleted after a hard workout.  It’s a bonus if you drink a bottle of water along with it.  The protein in yogurt may also help increase the amount of water absorbed by the intestines, improving hydration.

Yogurt may help prevent high blood pressure.  Every day 70 percent of us consume more than twice the recommended amount of salt; over time that can lead to hypertension and kidney and heart disease. IMG_20140125_121829_954 The potassium in yogurt, almost 600 milligrams per eight ounces, may help flush some of the excess sodium out of your body.  In fact, adults in a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition who ate the most low-fat dairy, two or more servings daily were 54 percent less likely to develop high blood pressure than those who ate the least.

Those are just three of the 10 benefits of eating yogurt.  Not only is it good for you, but it taste great too, or at least I think so.  I encourage you to eat yogurt as part of healthy diet.

Here are a couple links to recipes that contain yogurt.  Check them out.

Lemon Blueberry Yogurt Parfait 

Skinny Greek Yogurt Chicken




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