The Health Benefits of Yogurt

Are you looking for a cool, creamy treat after a hot summer day? Before reaching for the ice cream in your freezer, check out the dairy aisle at your local grocery store and try some yogurt.

You have lots of choices for yogurt, but you may want to opt for something plain and unsweetened. Adding nuts, seeds or fruits is a low-calorie way to enhance the yogurt’s naturally tangy flavor.

Healthline1 shares the health benefits of yogurt:

Enjoy all the vitamin-rich nutrients

Yogurt is full of calcium, which helps strengthen your teeth and bones. It’s also high in B vitamins, which may protect against heart disease. Rounding out the list — phosphorus, magnesium and potassium — regulate blood pressure, metabolism and bone health.

Maintain (or lose) weight

Because it’s high in protein (especially Greek yogurt), you’ll be able to feel full for an extended period of time.

Bolster your immune system

Check the label to make sure the yogurt you’re buying contains probiotics, which may strengthen your immune system and reduce your inflammation levels.

Celebrate July: Red, White and Blue Yogurt Parfait

Try this delicious dessert from Better Homes & Gardens.2 No firecrackers necessary.


  • 1 8 ounce carton vanilla low-fat yogurt
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ 8 ounce container frozen light whipped dessert topping, thawed
  • 3 cups fresh raspberries and/or cut-up fresh strawberries
  • 3 cups fresh blueberries


In a large bowl, stir together yogurt and almond extract or vanilla. Fold in whipped topping.

To serve, in six 12-ounce glasses or dessert dishes, alternate layers of the berries with layers of the yogurt mixture. Makes 6 servings.


Prepare parfaits as directed through Step 2. Cover and chill for up to 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 129 calories; fat 3g; cholesterol 2mg; saturated fat 2g; carbohydrates 21g; insoluble fiber 8g; protein 3g; sodium 26mg.


  1. “6 Impressive Health Benefits of Yogurt,” Healthline, last accessed May 31, 2022,
  2. “Red, White and Blue Parfait,” Better Homes & Gardens, last accessed May 31, 2022,