How to Buy Yogurt to help Slim Down

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Want to slim down and get healthier? Did you think that buying yogurt was as simple as picking it up off the shelf and putting it in your shopping cart? Well, it turns out there is a lot more to buying yogurt than you might initially think. The question of whether or not yogurt is a healthy food item is complicated and depends on a variety of factors such as the addition of sweeteners, the quality of the milk, the probiotic content and your body's tolerance for dairy products. Generally, if you are careful about the quality of the yogurt you purchase, it can be a nutritious addition to your diet.

Think about yogurt in the same way we now know to think about chocolate. Chocolate that has a minimum of 70% cocoa can be a healthful addition to your diet. A daily dose of milk chocolate milk duds is not. The trick is in the ingredients. Yogurt works the same way. Probiotics are key to a good choice in yogurt.

Probiotics are microorganisms that support human health. Because yogurt is a fermented food product, it naturally contains a variety of microorganisms, however, not all yogurts contain probiotics. In order to ensure that you are getting the maximum health benefit from your yogurt, you need to carefully read the label and look for a few key words. Look for the word "probiotic" on your yogurt label, and it will help to know the names of a few key strains of beneficial bacteria. These include "Lactobacillus", "Bifidobacterium" and "Streptococcus Thermophilus", three common strains of bacteria that are known to be beneficial to the human digestive system.

What else can yogurt do for you?

It is action packed with vitamins and minerals, including calcium, vitamin D, potassium, and B12, among others.

Research shows that people who eat some yogurt each day can lose weight and keep it off more easily than people who dont eat yogurt.

Yogurt helps you develop and keep lean muscle mass.

Yogurt can inhibit cortisol production, which can contribute to fat accumulation around our middle.

Yogurt helps with the sniffleswhether caused by colds or allergies. Yogurts healthy bacteria sends signals to immune building cells, T cells that are often low in people who catch cold and suffer from allergies.

Yogurt is a high protein food. So it makes a great snack at any time of the day.

All yogurts are not equal.

The advice to read the label is particularly important with yogurt. Greek yogurt contains more protein. Yogurts with fruit contain less calcium than those without. Paying attention to the sugar content and milk quality will also help ensure maximum health benefits from your yogurt. Plain organic yogurt is a great choice if it comes without sugar and is low fat. That allows you to add in fresh fruit, if you like, and to control the amount of sweetener you consume.

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