In many healthy eating plans, yogurt is mentioned. Yogurt is featured in countless advertisements, and if you walk down the grocery store aisle, you will be overwhelmed by the number of yogurt options. This article will take the guessing out of grocery shopping for you. We will cover the health benefits of yogurt, the different types that there are, and which ones you should pick up the next time you’re at the store.
One of the reasons that yogurt is seen as a healthy option is the number of nutrients that are packed in each cup, bowl, or container. Almost every nutrient your body needs is in yogurt. However, the highest concentration of nutrients within yogurt is that of calcium, B vitamins, and trace minerals (1). These nutrients help your teeth and bones, protect your heart, and even help with your metabolism. This is a reason that many weight loss plans encourage the consumption of yogurt.
Second of all, yogurt is full of protein. By eating a serving, you will typically be consuming 12 grams of protein. This makes yogurt a great addition to any breakfast. Having a protein-packed breakfast can help you make better food decisions throughout the day, as you will be satisfied and less likely to give in to cravings.
There are a dozen types of yogurts, but we will focus on the types of yogurt that you are likely faced with when you walk into the grocery store. The yogurts you’ll likely pick between are greek yogurt, low-fat or non-fat yogurt, or kefir - which is just another name for liquid yogurt that you would consume like a drink.
If you haven’t heard it before, greek yogurt is the champion when it comes to overall benefits. Greek yogurt has about twice as much protein as regular yogurt, and it comes in with about half the amount of carbs too (2). This combination is a dream for someone that is looking to put on some lean muscle while losing some unwanted fat. However, this also means that greek yogurt can have a bit less calcium than regular yogurt, and may also have more fat. Regular yogurt, however, may be high in sugar. Think of the fun-colored yogurt that might have been packed in your lunch as a kid, or the types of yogurt that have an add-in, like candy or chocolate. Everything in moderation is great, but it’s better to stick to a protein-based snack than one that is high in sugar.
When it comes to kefir, the liquid, drinkable yogurt we mentioned, you should see it as a different category than greek and regular yogurt. Kefir is very high in probiotics, and you usually consume it in lower quantities than you would a serving of regular yogurt. Adding kefir to a smoothie, or drinking a serving every day, will do great things for your health. Kefir is full of probiotics that help keep your gut healthy, so pick some up at the store while you’re picking up your greek yogurt.