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YOGURT: Health Benefits You Can Get From This Dairy Product

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These are the health benefits you can get from yogurt

Yogurt is a dairy product made by bacterial fermentation of milk and the bacteria used to make this is known as yogurt culture which ferment the lactose (the natural sugar in milk).

Nowadays, this dairy product in the market already offers a wide variety of flavors and additives like sugar. However, plain and unsweetened yogurt offers many health benefits, according to the article from Healthline.

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Here are the benefits of eating this dairy product.


Based on the article, this food contains almost all the nutrients that your body needs. These are the nutrients you can get from this:

  • Calcium (49 percent of your daily need)
  • B vitamins (particularly vitamin B12 and riboflavin)
  • Phosphorus (38 percent of your daily need)
  • Magnesium (12 percent of your daily need)
  • Potassium (18 percent of your daily need)
  • Vitamin D (though it does not naturally contain this vitamin, it is usually fortified)

The calcium present in this diary product may protect you from osteoporosis. A study stated that consuming dairy products such as yogurt for at least three servings on a daily basis may help the bone mass preservation, as well as its strength.


This dairy product contains protein 12 grams per 7 ounces (200 grams). According to the study, protein is good for metabolism calories that you burn throughout the day. This is beneficial for appetite regulation. A study published in Nutrition Journal stated that those who snacked yogurt less hungry and consumed 100 fewer calories at dinner.

With this, yogurt can also help your weight management. A study stated that consuming this product is associated with lower body weight, body fat percentage, and waist circumference.

Digestive Health

Some types of this dairy product contain probiotics or live bacteria. When consumed, this will benefit digestive health. Bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus are found in some of these products and these are known to lessen the uncomfortable symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Unfortunately, many of these products undergo pasteurization which is a heat treatment. With this, beneficial bacteria they contain are killed.

Immune System

Based on the article, consuming yogurt on a regular basis that contains probiotics, can help boost the immune system. Probiotics are also known to help reduce inflammation which is linked to viral infections and other health conditions. The magnesium present in this dairy product is also associated with boosting the immune system as well as Vitamin D.

Heart Health

This dairy product contains fat and a small amount of monounsaturated fatty acids. A study showed that the fat in yogurt is harmful to your health but it may be beneficial to your heart health.

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