It’s all about the Yogurt!

Tuesday 2nd May 2023

As a two-part blog series, award-winning nutritionist, Lucy Williamson, will be solving some yogurt conundrums providing greater insight into the goodness within our delicious organic yogurt range.

First up, we asked why she thinks Yeo Valley Organic yogurt is a healthy food in general. Over to you Lucy…

Being organic means the cows eat mostly grass (and over winter – preserved grasses and crops). This health-giving plant goodness is passed into the milk (1) and although this varies according to the rhythms of the season, here are some top-line health facts that may actually surprise you:

  • Fats – Organic dairy has heart-healthy Omega 3 unsaturated fat and less saturated fat. But all these fats also carry valuable vitamins for us, like Vitamin A for immunity and Vitamin E which, being an antioxidant, helps slow the ageing process. Even better, other fats within organic dairy (an Omega 6 called CLA and another called ‘Ruminant Fat’) may reduce the risk of Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease and weight gain. (2)

    Yeo Valley Organic Natural Yogurt
  • Sugars – Yeo Valley Organic’s natural yogurts get their sweetness, as the name would suggest, naturally from its lactose – a healthy sugar which our gut microbes love and help us to digest; even dentists approve!
  • Calcium – Yogurt has been shown to be the best food to provide children with this vital nutrient (which can be very hard for our body to absorb from plants). Useful to know because cases of soft bone disease, or ‘Rickets,’ are on the rise again in the UK. It’s also a great food during perimenopause too to help keep bones strong.(3)
  • Yogurt is a truly functional food – All its nutrients work together to our benefit. For example, one of its proteins makes it easier for us to absorb its calcium and of course its protein is of very high quality too.

    Yeo Valley Organic Kefir Range
  • What about Gut Health? – The cultures in live yogurt are a natural probiotic. Interestingly these same good bacteria pre-digest its lactose making it far more digestible too! 

For further information around the impact that nurturing your gut health can have, follow Lucy @lucywilliamsonnutrition on social media or sign up for her monthly foodie tips around gut health via And if you loved this blog post, make sure to check out part two!


  1. Van Vliet S, Provenza FD, Kronberg SL. Health-Promoting Phytonutrients Are Higher in Grass-Fed Meat and Milk. Vol. 4, Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems. 2021.
  2. Lamarche B, Givens DI, Soedamah-Muthu S, Krauss RM, Jakobsen MU, Bischoff-Ferrari HA, et al. Does Milk Consumption Contribute to Cardiometabolic Health and Overall Diet Quality? Canadian Journal of Cardiology. 2016 Aug 1;32(8):1026–32.
  3. Gentile C, Chiarelli F. Rickets in Children: An Update. Biomedicines. 2021;9(7).

Comments on “It’s all about the Yogurt!”

  • Nothing like natural Yeo Valley yoghurt. I am not one day without it. Nice healthy. Thank you Yeo Valley

    Loretta Pienaar Groenewald on 9th May 2023 at 9:03 pm

  • A very helpful explanation as to why Yeo Valley yoghurts are so healthy.

    Clive Winchester on 9th May 2023 at 7:19 pm

  • I love that Yeo valley is organic and great for gut health ,thanks for all the info you put on

    Catherine on 9th May 2023 at 6:09 pm

  • Always looking for healthy foods for my gut health. Was really interested to learn that the good bacteria in Yeo Valley Organic Yoghurt pre digests the lactose, I have trouble digesting lactose.

    Frances Hudson on 9th May 2023 at 5:46 pm

  • Very informative and useful. Means I know I am doing the right thing

    Vennae Dobie on 9th May 2023 at 4:31 pm

  • Excellent article More please

    Scribble on 9th May 2023 at 3:45 pm

  • I have eaten Yeo Valley Yogurt for years & years knowing how good they were for me, but didn’t allow time to read & learn exactly how & why there help my body remain healthy. Thank you! 🐮

    Lisa Hicks on 9th May 2023 at 3:44 pm

  • It was good to have an easy to understand article on why Organic products like milk, yoghurt etc are better for us , well done, more of the same please !!

    Sharon Shilling on 9th May 2023 at 2:09 pm

  • I love your product

    Kamal Amjad on 9th May 2023 at 9:34 am

  • Very good product I like it

    Kamal Amjad on 9th May 2023 at 9:33 am

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