Why we should eat yogurt
There is no such a thing as super food. A good diet is characterised by its inclusion of a wide range of food products and it is dangerous to imagine that eating a lot of a certain type of food (or excluding a food group, by the same token) is going to be the magic bullet your body has been needing all those years.
Having said that, I think that yogurt is an ingredient that should be more present in our diet... maybe because it is often missing from most adults' diet!
So what does yogurt bring to the party?
Whether you choose low-fat or full-fat, greek or natural, yogurt is an amazing source of proteins, calcium, iodine, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, zinc, riboflavin and vitamin B12, all essential nutrients for our body.
It is excellent for our bone health, with great calcium content (with good bioavailability);
It has a possible protective effect against cardiovascular disease and blood pressure;
Like other dairy products, its consumption has not been associated with risk of weight gain. On the contrary, its high content in proteins means that fullness kicks in quicker and results in an reduced calorie intake comparing to other snacks;
It has a low lactose content and thus, is a great alternative to milk for lactose intolerant people;
It is rich in probiotics, micro-organisms with beneficial effects for our health, and can improve the balance of our gut microbiota (examples of beneficial effect: better digestion, reduced bloating and flatulence, strengthened immune system).
I personally like the full fat greek yogurt from Total. It is highly versatile and can be used in savoury and sweet dishes - you can cook with it, create tasty dips or use it instead of cream to serve with an apple crumble.
It is also great at breakfast time mixed with fruit and nuts.