Eat– for Good Health

How Long Does Yogurt Last?

What’s the shelf life of yogurt?

There are many delectable brands of yogurt, but I buy Fage 0% because the store where I shop carries it in convenient 6 ounce containers.  After the seal is broken, yogurt should be consumed within a week at the longest.  I finish one within two or three days.  I prefer plain to the sweetened or fruit-added varieties.  It’s wonderful on hot, cinnamony oatmeal after morning swims, and I add a drizzle of honey.  Pro-biotic yogurt gives us good digestive flora.


10 thoughts on “Eat– for Good Health

  1. Kathleen, I love yogurt. Seems I’m not the only one. The yogurt section of most grocery stores has practically taken over the dairy aisle! It’s getting harder to find more traditional dairy foods, such as cottage cheese and sour cream, amid the sea of yogurt options. But it only makes sense that a food with as many health benefits as yogurt be given prime real estate.

  2. Yup, a body needs to have a healthy amount of ”good” bacteria in the digestive tract, and many yogurts are made using active, good bacteria. Probiotic, which literally means ”for life,” refers to living organisms that can result in a health benefit when eaten in adequate amounts.

  3. Yogurt is good nutrition and plays a major role in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. The micronutrients of greatest importance are calcium and vitamin D, and I do bone density often.

    Calcium has been shown to have beneficial effects on bone mass in people of all ages. I’m happy kids and teens like yogurt.

  4. Janessa, the combination of calcium and vitamin D has a clear skeletal benefit, provided the dose of vitamin D is sufficiently high.

    And what qualifies as ”sufficiently high?”

    Currently, 400 IU per day is considered an adequate intake of vitamin D for people ages 51-70.

    This amount is likely to be sufficient for most young adults for skeletal health, although many would argue that for overall health, more than the 400 IU may be required for older adults.

  5. Many dairy products, including some yogurts, are made with added vitamin D. We can find out which brands have added vitamin D by reading labels. I take a vitamin D supplement in addition to a one-a-day vitamin tablet. I am reading the label on my Fage yogurt container, and it does not contain additional vitamin D.

  6. Yogurt has some amazing effects on gastrointestinal conditions, including:

    Lactose intolerance
    Colon cancer
    Inflammatory bowel disease
    H. pylori infection

    That’s what researchers from the Jean Mayer U.S. Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University concluded in a recent review article.

  7. Mary Alice, yes indeed. There’s also the blood pressure link, and let me mention another study from Alvaro Alonso, MD, PhD, a researcher in the department of epidemiology at the Harvard School. If low-fat dairy (including yogurt) is consumed for a day or more, high blood pressure is lowered.

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