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Yogurt

Yogurt is made by adding two bacterial cultures, Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus, to pasteurized milk to give it a thicker, fermented form. All yogurts contain these cultures at the start; many are supplemented with additional probiotics for digestive and immune support.

But how do probiotics promote health? Your intestines are normally populated with a delicate balance of beneficial and not-so-beneficial bacteria. When the friendly bacteria shrink in numbers, your digestive system might not function at its best. An imbalance can occur for a variety of reasons, such as taking antibiotics. A daily dose of yogurt can help replenish helpful bacteria, relieving digestive issues such as gas, bloating, and irritable bowel syndrome.

Beyond the probiotic factor, yogurt boasts impressive nutritional benefits: it's loaded with calcium, protein, and vitamins. The target number for calcium is 1,200 milligrams per day, and an average 8-ounce serving of yogurt provides 300 milligrams.

Choose It & Use It
Instead of presweetened yogurt, choose low-fat or skim plain yogurt and sweeten it yourself: add a teaspoon or two of 100 percent fruit spread, a little maple syrup or honey, or some fresh or dried fruit.

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- Substitute whole wheat breads/pastas for other vaieetris when ever possible- try to flavor and prepare foods more with fresh herbs, veggies and healthier oils (evoo) and less with than salt- eliminate processed foods, soda and alcohol from your diet (or if you can't eliminate them, eat/drink them sparingly as a treat)- eat leafy, green salads as one of your meals/snacks each day

I'm a subscriber - vegetarian not vegan. I eat a lot of yogurt for protein, mostly dairy and some soy.I wonder about brands - which plain yogurt is best for digestive health, i.e. least sugars, safest packaging etc. I hear Fage is not as good as Chobani in this regard. True or industry PR? Is there a better choice. What about pro-biotics?