Yoghurt - The science behind the health benefits
Yoghurt is a nutrient-rich food that is included in food-based dietary guidelines across the world. Dairy foods, including yoghurt play a role in supporting optimal bone health, as well as reducing risk of heart disease, stroke, hypertension and type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately, our nation’s most recent health survey revealed that most Australians are missing out on dairy benefits, with only one in 10 people over the age of two years eating enough dairy for optimal health. The average intake of dairy foods is only 1.5 serves per day, which is well below the minimum recommended intake for all population groups.
All types of yoghurt, including sweetened varieties, contain essential nutrients, such as protein, calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, zinc, vitamins A, B12, riboflavin, niacin and iodine. This unique matrix provides greater health benefits than could be gained from individual nutrients.