Whether it be homes or restaurants, parties or get togethers yoghurt find it’s place in all. Yoghurt is formed by the bacterial fermentation of milk. It can be made from any milk, but cow’s milk is usually used. Bacteria cause the sugar in the milk to ferment, that produces lactic acid. This then reacts with the protein in the milk to form yoghurt. Yogurt is known to have originated in Central Asia. Yogurt is often referred to in ancient texts such as in Persian and Indian records. Different forms of yogurt are popular all over the world like Curd, Kefir, Matsoni, Rahmjoghurt, Jameeed and Zabadi. Over the years yogurt has acquired different shapes and is now available in many unique forms such as frozen yogurt, flavoured yogurt and a lot more! Various brands such as Cocoberry and Yoplait have the credit of presenting traditional yogurt with a modern touch.
We may be consuming yogurt very often, but not all of us are really aware of it’s benefits and advantages. Knowingly or unknowingly, yogurt affects our health in many ways. There are many lesser known ways in which we can use yoghurt to take the most out of it. To motivate you to include yogurt in your daily diet, some of it’s advantages are listed below.
10) Boosts Immunity
Scientists studied two groups of people, one who consumed yogurt daily and the other group who did not. They in their research found out that the group which consumed yogurt regularly had more immunity compared to the group who did not consume yogurt regularly. Yogurt hence has been proven to increase our resistance from diseases. Two cups of yogurt every day is considered to be apt for increasing our immunity. It contains probiotics which help produce more infection fighting cells. It can be consumed by all whether a child or an adult. So, if you plan on increasing your disease resistance just add a few ounces of yogurt in your daily diet!
9) Helps in weight loss
The amino acid in yogurt helps burn fat. So if you are irritated with fat around your belly or thighs and can’t wear your favourite clothes, then you should definitely start eating around 18 ounces of yogurt daily. This will help you immensely in losing fat. So don’t be afraid to consume yogurt even though you really like it. It won’t add fat to your body, but instead would help reduce it. Also when yogurt is eaten at breakfast it helps reduce our cravings throughout the day. Therefore, one should definitely switch to yogurt to decrease their calorie consumption and indeed to reduce fat!
8) Helps prevent vaginal infection
Provided the cooling and soothing properties of yogurt, it helps prevent vaginal infections. Eating a proper amount of yogurt can help clear of existing and prevent any future vaginal infections. With increasing impurities in the food which we consume today, yeast infection or vaginal infection is becoming very common now days. To avoid these, women must consume yogurt daily and be free from this trouble.
7) Lactic acid of yogurt is a perfect medium to maximize calcium absorption.
You may keep on consuming calcium rich products but what if your body dosen’t absorb them? Lactic acid present in yogurt helps absorb calcium and give the most to our body. An 8-ounce serving of yogurt gets more calcium into the body than the same volume of milk can. Not only is the yogurt calcium provider but also looks at the fact that our body takes the calcium provided by it.
6) Rich in potassium, calcium, protein and Vitamin B
Yogurt is rich in a variety of health enhancing things. One can really get a lot of health benefits just by consuming simple yogurt! So all the health freaks over there start consuming yogurt daily to derive multiple benefits out of it. Potassium is really good for our kidneys, whereas calcium is good for our bones. Also protein can help in tissue regeneration , blood circulation and building muscle. Vitamin B helps increase metabolism, maintain our energy level and also helps prevent various types of cancer. Isn’t it all in one?
5) Prevents gastritis and stomach ulcer.
One should just not take gastricts and stomach ulcers lightly. Stomach ulcers can even cause bleeding! The main causes of stomach ulcer and gastrics are considered to be bacterial infection, anti-inflammatory medications and alcohol. Having ulcers can make us vulnerable to extreme and recurrent stomach and abdominal pain. Eating a certain amount of yogurt every day helps prevent these and indeed prevents us from all this suffering.
4) Apply on face for fairer complexion
Dark complexion because of tanning can often make our face unattractive and unhealthy. It may steal all the charm and glow from our face. So to counter this one can apply plain yogurt on washed face for about 15-20 minutes for a fairer complexion and smoother skin. This is a very effective way and is worth giving a try!
3) Helps prevent Osteoporosis
Yogurt is rich in calcium and vitamin D and can help prevent osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a bone disease and results in weakening of bones. One can encounter extreme pain due to bone weakening, which can cause bone damage and breaking. The healing under this case is not smooth too. Calcium present in yogurt is very helpful in countering this disease. Combination of calcium and vitamin D can help in speedy healing and has clear skeletal effects. One would have a lot reduced chances of developing Osteoporosis if they consume yogurt on a daily basis!
2) Prevents heart diseases
Eating at least 100 grams of yogurt a day is proving to keep heart diseases at a distance. Research was done over 70 Australian women, who ate 100-200 grams of yogurt everyday for over 3 years and after their check up it was concluded that they have significantly lowered the risk of a number of heart diseases. Eating yogurt helps cut our saturated and trans fat consumption and hence keep our heart healthy. It even helps regulate our blood pressure. Eat curd to let your heart stay healthy!
1) Good bacteria “Probiotics”
Yes not all bacterias are bad and probiotics are one of them. Yogurt contains probiotic bacteria which helps us fight against many diseases. It’s active bacterial cultures can help stimulate the immune system, reduce symptoms of antibiotic-associated diarrhoea and improve the absorption of lactose in people with mild to moderate lactose intolerance.
Well this list of what all yogurt can do for us surely can influence anybody to switch to yogurt . Not only is it good for health, but tastes amazing! If milk is 90% necessary for our body than yogurt, is 101% necessary. The Lactobassilus present in yogurt is extremely necessary for our body and strengthen our immunity. Yogurt is easy to digest and provides instant energy. Well it’s positive effects are much more than it could be listed here. It is a must for health freaks and even for others it is extremely necessary. One does not even necessarily need to buy yogurt as it can be easily prepared at home. One just needs milk, white sugar, salt and some existing yogurt to make some fresh healthy and delicious yogurt.
Even though Yogurt was discovered long back around 2500 BC and that too accidently took a long span of time in getting popular as initially it was restricted to India, Asia, Southern and eastern Europe. After the first commercial brand of yogurt, Danone entered the market in 1919 there was no looking back. Yogurt is now extremely popular all around the world and has been moulded in different forms according to the culture and taste of people. I absolutely adore yogurt mixed with fresh fruits. I can eat it anytime. You decide your favourite way, even experiment a bit and start consuming!