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THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF YOGHURT

The health benefits of Yoghurt are enormous. The body needs to have a healthy dose of good bacteria in the digestive track and many yoghurts are made using active bacteria. A popular word associated with yoghurts is PROBIOTICS. Probiotics refers to living organisms that can result in a health benefits when eaten inadequate quantity.

Yoghurts can prevent osteoporosis: Adequate nutrition helps prevent osteoporosis and the nutrients most important for this is calcium and vitamin D. This is because calcium has been shown to have beneficial effects on bone mass in people of all ages. Many yoghurts are made with added vitamin D so be sure to read the label carefully when you shop.

Yoghurts may reduce the risk of High Blood Pressure. A recent study by more than 5000 Spanish universities found a link between diary intake and risk of High blood pressure. Studies have revealed that people who eat 2-3 serving of low- fat diary a day compared with those without any intake have a 50% reduction risk of developing high blood pressure.

Yoghurts with active cultures help the gut: Certain gastrointestinal conditions are lactose intolerance, constipation, diahorea, colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease.

These benefits according to research are said to be due to changes in the micro flora in the guts

The time food takes to go through the guts

Enhancement of the body’s immune system.

Yoghurt with active cultures may discourage vaginal infection. Candida or yeast infections are common with women. Studies have shown that women taking yoghurt with active cultures daily reported decrease in candida and yeast infection.

Team yoghurt with flaxseed by adding a table spoon of flaxseed every time you take a cup of yoghurt. This adds about 3g of fibre and 2 g of healthy plant omega-3.

Not all yoghurt is equal when it comes to calcium and vitamin D.  Look out for yoghurt rich in vitamin D. Take your time to read the labels of the pack before buying.

Look for Active cultures and probiotics. Make sure to check the label for active cultures. Most brands will have labels that says live and active cultures. Look for active cultures like L.Bulgaricus, S.thermophilus and Bifidobacterium.

Make yoghurt your perfect snack by paring it with high fibre foods like cereals for morning breakfast;

Make your smoothies richer and creamier by adding frozen yoghurt in rich quantity. Light and low fat yoghurt is higher in protein and calcium than ice cream. It lowers saturated fats and calories. Remember to add chopped up pineapples, berries, nuts, shredded coconuts to plain yoghurts to make pinna colada yoghurt.

Add I tablespoon of cool strong coffee, I tablespoon chocolate syrup to your yoghurt to make a Mochaccino yoghurt

Eat yoghurts at work and whenever you can. Use it for recipes and as substitutes for sour cream or garnishing.

Yoghurts can give you flat abs. On 18 ounces a day you can drop inches.

It is loaded with vitamins such as Potassium, Phosphorous, Riboflavin. Iodine, Zinc and Vitamins B5. It also contains B12 which helps the red blood cell.

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