Few foods help meet your nutritional needs at every stage of life better than live and active culture yogurt. And because it comes in so many flavors and varieties, yogurt appeals to every member of the family. Keep yogurt stocked in your refrigerator for a nutritious snack or meal, any time, every day.
Yogurt is a nutrient-dense food that meets a wide variety of nutritional needs at every stage of life. Like most dairy products, yogurt is a good source of protein - an average 8-ounce serving contains between 8 and 10 grams of protein, or 16 to 20 percent of the Daily Recommended Value (DRV). In fact, after culturing, the amount of protein in yogurt often exceeds that of fluid milk. Yogurt is also an excellent source of calcium. Some yogurts contain up to 35 percent of the Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) for calcium. Most standard serving sizes of yogurt contain slightly more calcium than do equivalent servings of milk. Yogurt is low in fat and high in certain minerals and essential vitamins, including riboflavin B2, Vitamin B12, phosphorous and potassium. It's available in a variety of fat levels, from nonfat and lowfat to yogurt made with whole milk, and also comes in a "light" or reduced calorie form.
Beyond these important nutrition basics, scientific research shows that the live and active cultures found in yogurt may offer many more health attributes.
The words "live and active cultures" refer to the living organisms - Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus - which convert pasteurized milk to yogurt during fermentation. Currently, researchers are exploring how live and active culture yogurt may have a beneficial effect on the immune system, the potential to lower cholesterol, and how it may help combat certain types of cancer-causing compounds, particularly in the digestive tract.
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