The Consumer Education Project of Milk SA

Dairy products: Yoghurt

Know your yoghurt

Yoghurt is a fermented dairy product, and a semi-sold, nutrient-dense food with low energy density. The relative energy contribution of plain yoghurt to total daily energy intake is much lower than its relative contribution of protein and calcium. For a standard portion (175g) of plain yoghurt (1% to 2% fat), the content of phosphorus (261 gm), zinc (1.6 mg), riboflavin (0.39mg), and vitamin B12 (1 mg) exceeds its contribution to energy intake, but contributes to dietary requirements in both men and women.

The Nutrient content of yoghurt therefore promotes adherence to dietary guidelines for many nutrients, especially nutrients of concern.

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