10 SUR­PRIS­ING HEALTH BEN­E­FITS OF YO­GURT

Yo­gurt is­nʼt just a healthy snack! This pro­tein-rich food is also ben­e­fi­cial for di­ges­tion, weight loss, blood pres­sure!

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We all know that yo­gurt is healthy for us but it may come as a sur­prise as to just how many health ben­e­fits this nu­tri­tious food can pro­vide. Here are ten rea­sons why yo­gurt should be part of a healthy diet.

Stronger bones:

Yo­gurt is a good source of cal­cium and vi­ta­min D, both of which are im­por­tant to keep bones strong. For chil­dren and teenagers, yo­gurt can pro­vide the cal­cium needed to stregthen bones for the fu­ture and for adults it can help to pre­vent loss of bone den­sity that oc­curs nat­u­rally with age.

THE ‘GOOD’ BAC­TE­RIA FOUND IN YOGURTS WHICH CON­TAIN AC­TIVE CUL­TURES CAN HELP PRO­TECT THE GUT IN A VA­RI­ETY OF WAYS. BY POPULATING THE GUT WITH HEALTHY BAC­TE­RIA, BEN­E­FITS CAN BE SEEN FOR CON­DI­TIONS SUCH AS CON­STI­PA­TION, DI­AR­RHEA, IN­FLAM­MA­TORY BOWEL DIS­EASE OR SYN­DROME, PYLORI IN­FEC­TION AND EVEN LACTOSE IN­TOL­ER­ANCE.

Pro­tein pow­er­hu­ouse:

Yo­gurt is high in pro­tein, which is an im­por­tant part of a healthy diet. Pro­tein is re­quired to pro­vide the body with the es­sen­tial amino acids re­quired to build mus­cle and other struc­tures. For this rea­son it is an ideal snack for post work­out re­cov­ery.

Good gut:

The ‘good’ bac­te­ria found in yogurts which con­tain ac­tive cul­tures can help pro­tect the gut in a va­ri­ety of ways. By populating the gut with healthy bac­te­ria. Ben­e­fits can be seen in con­di­tions such as con­sti­pa­tion, di­ar­rhea, in­flam­ma­tory bowel dis­ease or syn­drome, pylori in­fec­tion and even lactose in­tol­er­ance. Yo­gurt can also pro­vide the good bac­te­ria to re­pop­u­late the gut af­ter a course of an­tibi­otics that may have killed off the nat­u­ral bac­te­ria.

Re­duces blood pres­sure:

In a study at an uni­ver­sity in Spain. It was found that low fat dairy in­take was as­so­ci­ated with lower in­ci­dence of high blood pres­sure. The study it­self was done with milk; how­ever, it seems likely that the same re­sults will be seen with low fat yo­gurt.

In­crease sati­ety:

Due to its high pro­tein con­tent, yo­gurt is a great food to keep you fuller for longer. A 2006 study con­cluded that yo­gurt pro­duced a greater sati­ety rat­ing in par­tic­i­pants than fruit or dairy based fruit drinks.

Pre­vents yeast in­fec­tions:

There has been some sug­ges­tion that con­sum­ing yo­gurt that con­tains the ac­tive strain of Lac­to­bacil­lus bac­te­ria may help to pre­vent the oc­cur­rence of vagi­nal yeast in­fec­tion. It should be noted that not all yo­gurt con­tains this par­tic­u­lar ac­tive cul­ture and more re­search is needed as to the most ef­fec­tive way to in­tro­duce lac­to­bacil­lus into the body to re­duce risk of in­fec­tion.

Tol­er­ated by lactose in­tol­er­ant:

Al­though yo­gurt con­tains some lactose, it is of­ten bet­ter tol­er­ated by those with lactose in­tol­er­ance than other dairy prod­ucts such as milk. It is there­fore a good way for some lactose in­tol­er­ant in­di­vid­u­als to ob­tain cal­cium, vi­ta­min D and pro­tein.

Anti can­cer prop­er­ties:

It has been sug­gested that yo­gurt con­sump­tion may be as­so­ci­ated with re­duced risk of col­orec­tal can­cer, pos­si­bly due to an en­hance­ment in im­mune re­sponse. There is also the sug­ges­tion that yo­gurt con­sump­tion may be as­so­ci­ated with lower in­ci­dence of up­per di­ges­tive tract can­cer, al­though fur­ther re­search is re­quired to in­ves­ti­gate this.

Im­prove­ment im­mu­nity:

Stud­ies into the ef­fect of yo­gurt or its bac­te­ria on the im­mune re­sponse have sug­gested a pos­si­ble im­prove­ment or re­duced risk in con­di­tions rang­ing from colon can­cer, asthma and gas­tro-in­testi­nal dis­or­ders. Al­though most stud­ies to date have been car­ried out in an­i­mals and fur­ther re­search is re­quired to val­i­date the ef­fec­tive­ness in hu­man be­ings, there is a pos­si­bil­ity that con­sum­ing it may be ben­e­fi­cial in im­prov­ing im­mune re­sponse.

Helps in weight loss:

A 2011 study in­ves­ti­gat­ing the re­la­tion­ship be­tween con­sump­tion of var­i­ous foods and weight change over a four year pe­riod found that, yo­gurt was as­so­ci­ated with weight loss over the pe­riod. It is pos­si­ble that this ef­fect is due in part to the ef­fect on sati­ety, but there is also a pos­si­bil­ity that the ac­tive cul­ture in yo­gurt and their ef­fect on the gut may also play a part. Ac­cord­ing to an­other study done this year peo­ple who eat yo­gurt are also more likely to have healthy di­ets over­all. So it is pos­si­ble that this also has an ef­fect on weight change over time.

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