Health benefits of eating yogurt over drinking milk


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Health benefits of eating yogurt over drinking milk

  1. 1. Top 6 health benefits of eating yogurtover drinking milkphoto credit kariberoYogurt is a health food which is nutritionally better than milk. It is a good source ofcalcium and contains probiotics that are beneficial to the general health and wellbeing. Yogurt is produced through fermentation of milk by lactic acid bacteria, whichact on milk proteins to give yogurt its texture and tangy taste. Eating yogurt on aregular basis is not only healthy; it can help shed those unwanted pounds, loseweight and stay healthy. There are many health benefits of eating yogurt overdrinking milk.Greek yogurt is strained yogurt. It is produced by straining the regular yogurtthrough a cheese cloth or fine metal sieve. This straining allows the liquid wheyportion of the yogurt to strain off leaving thicker consistency yogurt. Greek yogurt ismuch thicker and creamier than regular yogurt. Greek yogurt is much higher inprotein and low in carbohydrate than regular yogurt, making it ideal weight lossfood.Top 6 health benefits of eating yogurt over drinking milk.1. Yogurt is great for lactose intolerant peopleWhat is lactose?
  2. 2. Lactose is sugar found in milk. It is a disaccharide composed of 2 simple sugarmolecules, glucose and Galactose. (monosaccharide). Lactose must be broken bybody before it can be absorbed.What is lactase?Lactase is the enzyme which is used to break down the lactose. The more lactoseyou consume, the more lactase our body needs to break it down. Lactose intolerantpeople do not have sufficient lactase in their system.What is lactose intolerance?People who are intolerant to lactose are prone to symptoms like gas, bloating,diarrhea after consuming milk (which is rich in lactose). Lactose intolerant people arelactase deficient.The lactic acid bacteria which are use in making yogurt have lactose digesting ability.These bacteria convert the lactose into lactic acid, which gives a sour taste to yogurt.Since yogurt has less lactose than milk, yogurt is generally better tolerated than milkby lactose intolerant people. Yogurt is easier to digest than milk.2. Yogurt can alleviate gut related issues such as constipation, diarrhea andintestinal infectionsStudies have also suggested that these live bacteria found in yogurt can helpalleviate gut related issues such as constipation and diarrhea. These are beneficialbacteria and eating yogurt regularly [1]The beneficial bugs are also seem to help keep the gut free from unwantedorganisms including those responsible for food poisoning and the bacteriumHelicobacter pylori (the bug now recognized as a common underlying factor indigestive conditions such as stomach and duodenal ulcers, stomach inflammationand stomach cancer).[3]3. Yogurt can boost your immune systemYogurt is a probiotic. It contains live bacteria which are very useful to human bodyand boost immunity. [2]4. Yogurt is a great source of calciumJust like milk, yogurt is a excellent source of calcium. Because the live cultures inyogurt increase absorption of calcium, volume for volume, yogurt gets more calciuminto the body than milk.
  3. 3. 5. Yogurt is an excellent source of proteinThe culturing of the milk protein during fermentation makes the proteins in yogurteasier to digest. This is why the proteins in yogurt are often called pre-digested.6. Yogurt can help you lose weightReplace your glass of milk with unsweetened yogurt lassi. Yogurt has less lactosethan milk which is ideal for weight loss and general health. Yogurt is also a greatsource of calcium and protein which can boost fat burning and lead to faster weightloss. Research has shown that adding yogurt to your reduced calorie diet can helpyou lose credit kariberoBest type of yogurtOnly opt for unsweetened, low fat yogurt.Stay away from sugary yogurt which are loaded with sugar or artificial sweeteners.Unsweetened Greek Yogurt is a great way to include yogurt in your meals. It is low isfat, low in carbohydrate and high in protein, making it ideal fat loss food.Home made yogurt made with skimmed milk is your best bet to reap the healthbenefits of yogurt.
  4. 4. How to eat it- Eat yogurt straight from the pot.- Add chopped fruits and nuts to your yogurt to make a good breakfast. Sweetenwith some honey if desired.- Try adding yogurt to your smoothie to make a healthy, refreshing drink.- Freeze your yogurt and eat it like ice-cream.Bottom lineEat yogurt multiple times a day to replenish gut bacteria and lose weight.References[1] Yogurt and gut function[2] Immunologic effects of yogurt[3] Effects of ingesting Lactobacillus- and Bifidobacterium-containing yogurt in subjects with colonizedHelicobacter pylori