Classified as a healthy snack, yogurt is also a cook’s helper giving texture to baked goods and body to soups, sauces, and dips.
Yogurt deserves superstar status for its bone-strengthening calcium and high quality protein. If it comes packaged with “active cultures,” add disease-fighter to that list since “good” bacteria (probiotics) help keep the stomach and immune system healthy. One little hitch: to reap the health benefits of yogurt, stick with plain varieties including the newly popular plain Greek yogurts. Yogurts packaged with added sugars (fruit and flavored ones) are little more than dessert in disguise.