Food Focus – Live Greek Yogurt

Did You Know…

Evidence shows that we have been making yogurt for around 5,000 years and its benefits to digestive and immune health long acknowledged.

Live Greek yoghurt contains living bacterial cultures long associated with life extension through a robust digestive system.

Greek yogurt has less sugar and more protein than normal yogurt, as it is sieved to remove the carb-rich whey. Its thickness leaves you fuller than more watery versions and the lower lactose – milk sugar – makes it easier to digest. Yogurt can be generally better tolerated than milk or other dairy products by those with lactose intolerance as this sugar is digested by the bacterial cultures used to ferment the milk. These cultures have been long used for diarrhoea and fungal overgrowths that can compromise the immune system and cause inflammation, skin problems and fatigue. Eating live yogurt regularly has shown to enhance immune responses and resistance to ageing disease.

  • Yogurt helps reduce ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol but only live yogurt also raises ‘good’ HDL levels for youthful arteries.
  • Fat burning capacity and weight loss – especially around the waist – is increased in those eating regular calcium-rich yogurt.
  • An important B12 source for vegetarians, helping to prevent premature ageing as dry skin, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease and diabetes.

Practical Tip

Always buy ‘live’ or ‘bio’ yogurt to receive the live cultures and seek out yogurts from local farms via health food shops or farmer’s markets so that the product has its inherent bacteria, rather than just added at the end. Avoid any fruit flavours which always have added sugar and simply sweeten with fruit or cinnamon. Greek yogurt’s creamier texture and less sweet taste makes it work well as an alternative to milk, cream, sour cream or crème fraiche in savoury dishes.


KCalories61 kcal
Total fat3.25 g
Protein3.47 g
Carbohydrate4.66 g
Vitamin A99 IU
Vitamin B20.14 mg
Vitamin B50.39 mg
Vitamin B120.37 mcg
Choline15.2 mg
Calcium121 mg
Potassium155 mg


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