Yoghurt provides many nutrients that will help you to have a long and healthy life. Most importantly, it is full of calcium, protein and B Vitamins.
Yoghurts partial pre-digestion means that the nutrients found on yoghurt are easily digested and absorbed, and are in a concentrated form when compared to milk. Research has identified that the protein, fat and lactose found in yoghurt is better absorbed than in milk and that the calcium is in a readily available form.
Additionally, yoghurt is a low-GI food due to the lactose carbohydrate in yoghurt being slowly absorbed into the blood stream.
Healthy bodies need a good supply of protein and we need to ensure that our bodies are
getting adequate amounts of protein to keep our muscles replenished. Yoghurt is a great protein source that can easily be added to breakfast cereals, in salad dressings and used as a sauce on fish for example.
Calcium is essential for good health, providing strong bones and assisting to prevent osteoporosis down the track. Women over 50 need to increase their calcium intake and yoghurt is a great source to do this.
B Vitamins in yoghurt are required for healthy eyes and skin. Given skin is our largest
organ and we need healthy eyes to see well, then yoghurt is a great source to ensure we are getting sufficient Vitamin B.
It is recommended that adults have two servings of dairy a day. A 200 g tub of yoghurt is one serving, so a tub for breakfast and then a few dollops on your dinner will suffice. Try to chose natural yoghurt, as flavoured yoghurts tend to have high levels of sugar. Enjoy!