In its natural state milk is a creamy, white liquid. When the fluid is allowed to ferment with the aid of bacteria, yogurt is the final product. Cultured milk products including yogurt, have roots tracing back to 2000 B.C. Benefits include probiotics and protein, calcium, riboflavin, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12 all present in the food. An ice cream that is actually a frozen yogurt can actually help lower the odds of developing tooth decay.
A study out of India focused on the subject. Forty tweens (aged twelve-to-fourteen) participated in the research; the subjects were either given a probiotic laden frozen dessert or a placebo for a 10 day period. They were then not provided any dessert for two weeks. Thereafter both groups had their saliva tested for Streptococcus Mutans, bacteria known for being a major contributor to tooth decay. The individuals who consumed the probiotic packed frozen yogurt, had lower levels of the microorganism.