Yogurt Nutrients & Why They Are Good for You
Is Yogurt Good for You?
Yogurt is a simple way to get many of the nutrients your body needs, and some brands even provide probiotic benefits.
- Protein, which helps build and repair muscle tissue
- Calcium and phosphorus, which help build and maintain strong bones and teeth
- Riboflavin and pantothenic acid, which help your body use carbs, fats and protein for fuel
- Vitamin B12, which helps with normal blood function and keeping the nervous system healthy
- Zinc, which helps maintain a healthy immune system
Here’s a closer look at how one serving (6 ounces) of low-fat vanilla yogurt can help you meet many of your essential nutrient needs:
Since these nutrients can vary depending on your favorite yogurt, simply check the nutrition facts label on its packaging to learn more.
You may notice the food labels will start to look a little different. While the nutrients in yogurt haven’t changed, the Food and Drug Administration is updating how foods, including yogurt, should be labeled. Learn more here.
You may also wonder what’s in yogurt or how it’s made.
Is Greek Yogurt Good for You?
While the graphic above applies to regular yogurt, nutrients in Greek yogurt vary. For example, Greek yogurt may contain more protein per 6 oz. serving (15 grams vs. 6 grams), less lactose (7 grams vs. 8 grams) and less calcium (170 mg vs. 210 mg).
For more information on how yogurt helps to meet your nutrient needs, check our "Science Summary: Yogurt & Health" report.