lite-yoghurt.jpg All of us constantly hear about the benefits of health food. These are used to supplement a regular diet. One of the most common health food is yogurt. Its benefits are many and it can also be consumed by people of all ages and also those who are prone to lactose allergies. However, it is important to remember that the health benefits of yogurt are directly related to the type of milk used and the presence of live cultures. And, it is pertinent to check the label before buying this versatile product.

Benefits
a. It has been around for more than 4000 years.
b. It originated from the Middle East.
c. At the time of origin, it was made from goat's milk.
d. Harmless bacteria are added to low fat milk to make plain yogurt.
e. Plain yogurt is fat free and contains only 90 calories.
f. A few yogurt brands contain Lactobacillus acidophilus, which limit the growth of harmful bacteria.
g. People taking oral antibiotics can benefit from eating yogurt which contain Lactobacillus acidophilus.
h. Yogurt made from cow's milk is more beneficial.
i. It is better to buy yogurt that contain live cultures, which helps in digestion of dairy products and help combat diarrhea, common cold and allergies.
j. Soy yogurt is a good alternative for people who avoid dairy products.
k. Soy yoghurt helps in fighting osteoporosis due to its high calcium content.
l. Plain yogurt is sugar free whereas flavored ones may have 3 to 7 teaspoons of sugar in it.