03/14/2013 08:17 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Choosing The Best Yogurt: Navigating The Different Types And What They Can Do For You

By Madeline Vann

Once upon a time, your yogurt choice was limited to plain or vanilla, maybe a national brand and the store label. Today you face a dizzying array of flavors and textures, and even ethnic choices, such as Greek and Indian blends. But it's not all about taste. "Yogurt is a useful option for people who are lactose intolerant but still want the health benefits of dairy foods because it contains live and active cultures that help digest lactose," points out Joy Dubost, R.D., Ph.D., CSSD, a board-certified sports nutritionist and spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. It's also a healthy snack for adults and children alike to help build bones with calcium and vitamin D and possibly even improve your digestion. Here, we explain the different types of yogurt and what they can each do for you.

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"Navigating The Yogurt Aisle" originally appeared on Everyday Health.