According to WebMD, yogurt is healthy because it provides good bacteria essential for the gut, prevents yeast infections and provides on average 9 grams of animal protein per 6 ounces. It is a source of calcium, magnesium, potassium and other vital nutrients.
Yogurt is also loosely associated with weight loss and maintenance. A University of Washington study rated satiety among a group of participants who consumed 200 calorie snacks, discovering that those who ate yogurt felt fuller and were less hungry than others.
Yogurt comes in three forms: whole milk, low fat and nonfat. While WebMD does not recommend one type over the others, it does caution consumers to be wary of high sugar contents and artificial additives or sweeteners. Instead, consumers should look for yogurts that contain live or active cultures and are fortified with vitamin D.
Yogurt can also make for a healthier alternative to oil, butter and other fats, depending on the recipe. WebMD suggests switching to plain yogurt in recipes that use sour cream as a garnish. Yogurt also serves as an excellent replacement for ice cream and frozen yogurt in smoothie recipes and can replace sugary breakfast cereals entirely. One of its strengths is that it is easy to modify and customize with fruit, flaxseed and nuts, giving it both a flavor and health boost.