FEATURED NUTRIENT: Probiotics
Yogurt is a rich source of friendly microorganisms— called probiotics— that keep your gut healthy, improve digestion, and support immunity. But to have any benefit, yogurt has to contain live cultures. The National Yogurt Association has developed a “Live and Active Cultures” ( LAC) seal that identifies brands that contain significant levels of live and active cultures. The LAC label means that the yogurt contains at least 100 million cultures per gram at the time of manufacture and after pasteurization. ( Remember— a yogurt could be made with active cultures, but that doesn’t mean any are left by the time it gets to the store. You want products that contain active cultures, and that’s what the LAC seal means.)
You can choose Greek or regular yogurt based on personal taste. Regardless, I advise avoiding no- fat and reduced- fat versions. Almost always, manufacturers add more sugar when they take out the fat. Remember, live yogurt cultures contain enzymes that break down lactose, so many individuals who are otherwise lactose- intolerant find that they can enjoy yogurt with no problems.