Yogurt is a dairy product created by a bacterial fermentation process with milk. According to the Yale-New Haven Hospital, yogurt is also packed with calcium, protein, riboflavin, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12. Besides being packed with vitamins and nutrients, the National Yogurt Association (NYA) claims yogurt can aid you in these five ways:
- combat yeast infections
- enhance the immune system
- help lactose intolerant sufferers
- reduce osteoporosis
- protect the colon
Yet, there may be other benefits to yogurt not noted by the NYA. A recent report published in the Journal of Periodontology shows “if you want healthy gums, hit the dairy aisle.” According to the American Academy of Periodontology, “[the study] demonstrated that routine intake of dairy products may … help promote periodontal health. The study analyzed the periodontal health of 942 subjects [between 40 and 79 years old] and determined that those who regularly consumed dairy products such as … yogurt had a lower instance of gum disease.” Additionally, the study showed it only takes less than three ounces of yogurt a day to achieve these benefits.