Yogurt can be an excellent source of calcium, vitamin D and protein. However, the wide variety of flavors, brands and ingredients can be overwhelming. Learn how to incorporate this healthy snack in your diet while avoiding common mistakes that can sabotage a healthy lifestyle
Count calories. If yogurt has more than 180 calories, skip it. There are plenty of tasty low-calorie versions on the market.
Note yogurt flavors. If something sounds like a candy bar or dessert, it probably has the nutritional value of one!
Read the label. A quality yogurt should have between 15 and 20 percent of your daily recommended intake of vitamin D and calcium. Avoid anything more than 15 grams of sugar and of 2 grams of saturated fat.
Consider your needs. Those with digestive problems may wish to try a probiotic product, while those with lactose intolerance may prefer a non-dairy alternative, such as soy-based yogurt.
Skip toppings. Granola, chocolate chips and whipped cream add unnecessary calories and fat.
Tips and Warnings
The recommended daily calcium intake for women under 50 is 1,000 mg per day. Women over 50 should have at least 1,200 mg each day.
Low-fat or fat-free milk and cheese, salmon, nuts and green leafy vegetables are also good sources of calcium.