Yogurt and your health

Eating yogurt everyday is very healthy for the body. Thanks to supplementing its protein, calcium and dairy, yoghurt is a healthy choice.

Yoghurt tastes great and makes a good snack or can even enhance a healthy breakfast, but what exactly does yogurt have in it that directly benefits the body?

Health benefits:

It is an excellent source of protein, calcium, riboflavin and vitamin B 12, yogurt contains more calcium and protein because of the added cultures in the yogurt.

Yoghurt contains a good amount of phosphorus and 88% water. It is also a rich source of calcium, as most dairy products are. Calcium aids in the development of strong teeth and gums, and can make your bones less brittle, which reduces the risk of developing
osteoporosis. Thus people with a risk of osteoporosis should eat at least one serving of yogurt per day.

Yogurt can also decrease your risk of contracting colon cancer, because it contains lacto bacteria. A Lacto bacterium is ‘good bacteria’ because it helps to keep your colon clean and free of wastes, while aiding in digestion.

Some people have trouble digesting lactose, a carbohydrate in milk and milk products, because of the deficiency of enzyme lactase in the body. Yogurt is a healthy way to get the calcium the body needs, for the people who can not tolerate milk products

There are three types of yogurt: regular (whole milk), low-fat and skim. Low-fat and skim yogurt are good for people who are on a cholesterol lowering diet or just simply watching their weights. These types of yogurt do not raise blood cholesterol levels.

Nutritional benefits:

Eating yogurt on a regular basis can help you to absorb the nutrients in other foods as well. In fact, eating yogurt helps the body to absorb calcium and B-vitamins more readily, so you can get the most nutritional value out of your meals.

Yogurt is consumed in almost all parts of the world. Mediterranean Countries use a lot of yogurt in their cuisine. They usually eat yogurt, plain with no sugar along with main dishes like stuffed cabbage and spinach. They add yogurt to their salads or use it to make traditional “meze”. Cucumber and yogurt salad is very popular among the Mediterranean countries, it is prepared with yogurt, cucumbers, fresh or dried mint, garlic and salt.

Moreover, yoghurt can be incorporated into your diet in a variety of ways. Yogurt is easy to make at home and can be used in many different recipes. By adding fruits, berries, nuts, or chocolate candies to your yoghurt, you can turn it into a delicious replacement
for your usual dessert.

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