Good news, yogurt lovers! A recent study featured on reports that regularly enjoying your favorite treat can better balance your diet.

Researchers led by Paul Jacques of Tufts University worked with data taken from a 126-item survey completed by approximately 6,500 adults from ages 19 to 89. The participants were asked about how often they consumed a cup of yogurt from "near or less than one serving a month" to "more than six servings a day."

Results showed that 53.8 percent of those surveyed ate an average of two and one fourth cups a week of yogurt, 64 percent of which were women while 41 percent were men. Compared to those who didn't eat yogurt, these individuals had higher potassium intake, were "48 percent less likely to have inadequate levels of calcium; 38 percent less likely to be deficient in magnesium; and 55 percent less apt to have shortfalls of vitamin B12." Calorie counters don't need to worry either--this yummy treat constitutes only one to six calories.

For those who shun milk, yogurt is a good substitute. It can also help you get nutrients that you may not be getting from other foods in your diet.

(Photo by Michael Ocampo via Flickr Creative Commons)

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