I pulled some of the following information from an article on Healthline.com. I would have included a link to this article, but the site is overloaded with ads and pop-ups. Since I’m a big fan of concise/straightforward content, especially when it comes to health, I pared down most of what I got from it. There is some content from here and there on the net too. I also added my own thoughts…

Yogurt is so good for you! Plain, unsweetened varieties are crucial to its goodness, since they contain minimal ingredients without any added sugar. Many types of yogurt contain high amounts added sugar, especially those labeled as low in fat. Excess sugar intake is associated with several health problems, including diabetes and obesity.

In the pic above, you can see my every other day breakfast choice. I use plain yogurt, fresh fruit, a touch of honey and muesli with whole grains and nuts.

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Greek yogurt is the BEST! The photo above shows all the good stuff included in this 2% Greek Yogurt by Trader Joe’s. I drew arrows to the best ingredients, albeit all of the elements of yogurt are great.

Note: Refined Sugar is the Devil! It is not good for you and is a carcinogen. Yes, I do eat it, but as little as possible. It’s hard to avoid. Sugar is part of so many products (to enhance flavor), including fast food – from chicken nuggets (in the breading) and burgers (in the buns) to french fries. Refined sugar impairs the body’s uptake and utilization of calcium and magnesium.

The following demonstrates just how wonderful yogurt is:

Rich in Important Nutrients

Yogurt contains some of nearly every nutrient that your body needs; calcium, B vitamins (particularly vitamin B12 and riboflavin), phosphorus, magnesium and potassium. One nutrient that yogurt does not contain naturally is vitamin D, but it is commonly fortified with it.

High in Protein

Your body uses protein to build and repair tissues. The hormones and enzymes that cause chemical changes and control all body processes are made of proteins. Brain cells communicate with one another via chemical messengers called neurotransmitters, which are usually made of amino acids, the building blocks of protein.

Protein is also used to maintain and build muscles, bones, cartilage, skin and blood.

Digestive Health

Probiotics are “friendly bacteria” that are naturally present in the digestive system. Live strains of these “good bacteria” are also found in many yogurt products. Yogurt (without refined sugar) helps promote a healthy digestive tract.

A probiotic is defined as a microorganism that survives the digestive process to confer a health benefit on the host, which in this case, is us. The health benefits of probiotics center around diversifying what is known as the microbiome.

The microbiome is composed of a huge number of microflora that work together to regulate health, but two of the most focused on in the supplement industry are from two genus, Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus.

Bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus, have been shown to lessen the uncomfortable symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Strengthens Your Immune System

The immune-enhancing properties of yogurt are partly due to its magnesium, selenium and zinc, which are trace minerals known for the role they play in immune system health.

Reduces Inflammation

Yogurt is thought to reduce inflammation by improving the integrity of the intestinal lining (via probiotics). And, by bolstering this layer of tissue, the endotoxins produced by gut bacteria cannot cross into the bloodstream to promote inflammation.

Protects Against Osteoporosis

Yogurt contains some key nutrients for maintaining bone health, including calcium, protein, potassium, phosphorus and, sometimes, vitamin D.

Heart Health

Yogurt’s fat content is one of the reasons why its healthiness is often controversial. It contains mostly saturated fat, with a small amount of monounsaturated fatty acids. Saturated fat was previously believed to cause heart disease, but current research shows that this isn’t the case. There is no clear evidence that the fat in yogurt is harmful to your health. In fact, it may benefit heart health. Some research shows that the intake of saturated fat from whole-milk products increases “good” HDL cholesterol, which may protect heart health. Other studies have found yogurt intake to reduce the overall incidence of heart disease. Furthermore, dairy products like yogurt have been shown to help reduce high blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for heart disease.

Promotes Weight Management

For starters, it is high in protein, which works along with calcium to increase levels of appetite-reducing hormones like peptide YY and GLP-1. Greek yogurt, in particular, has been shown to influence appetite control and delay feelings of hunger more than regular yogurt with less protein.

One review found that the intake of full-fat dairy products, including yogurt, may reduce the incidence of obesity. This is contrary to what was previously believed about fat intake and weight gain.

Food for Thought

The benefits of yogurt are partly due to its higher nutrient content, compared to its fairly low calorie content. Yogurt is fantastic! But, remember to keep fresh (or frozen) vegetables and fruit at the top of your diet. Followed them with lean meats, beans, yogurt and a little high quality cheese (not greasy pizza cheese or Velveeta). Then, keep whole grain carbs in last place.

The more you eat healthy food, the more your body will crave it.