By Dr Harold Gunatillake - Health Writer
Benefits of Yoghurt have been cited for centuries, but its popularity as a health food has never been stressed. Yoghurt benefits your health in a variety of ways, and you should definitely add it to your shopping list the next time you visit the market.
What is yoghurt and how is it made?
According to the adopted definition by FAO/WHO probiotics are: "Live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host. The most common types of bacteria used as probiotics are Lactic acid bacteria and bifidobacteria, and certain yeasts and other bacilli may also be helpful".
Probiotics are available as nutritional supplement which can be added to your diet or found in foods such as yogurt, fermented and unfermented milk, miso and some juices and soy drinks".
Healthy levels of good bacteria as found in yogurt will boost the immune system, in addition to keeping your gut free of disease producing bacteria.
The difference between taking antibiotics and pro-biotics for gut bacterial infections is that the antibiotics will destroy the good beneficial germs whilst the probiotics will nurture the healthy bacterial flora. Eating yoghurt regularly can help restore your good bacteria levels. Yoghurt is also beneficial to individuals having lactose intolerance, as the active live cultures reduce yoghurt's level of lactose.
High Calcium level:
High Protein content:
An average 150 gram serving provides approximately 20 per cent of the Daily Value for protein.
Natural Yoghurt: When buying yoghurt, go for the natural organic yoghurts. Choose the once with low sugar and added trans-fat or high fructose corn syrup.
You need also to check the amount of active live cultures. The more active live cultures in the yoghurt the more benefits you will receive from them. Yoghurt is generally made with pasteurized milk or cream and if the pasteurizing is done after culturing process, it can kill the active live cultures and lose the benefits.
Reduces vaginal yeast infections:
Most of all yoghurt is a most refreshing appetite suppressing nutritious health food you can always enjoy without getting bored.
So, go for it daily.
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