Since I have problems digesting milk, I enjoy having all kinds of yogurt, from frozen to fruit yogurt and plain yogurt.
Besides this, yogurt has great health benefits. It is an excellent source of protein, calcium (more than milk), vitamin B12, and has 88 % water.
It improves natural defense, people with osteoporosis should consume at least 2 servings per day.
(1 serving: 3/4 glass: 200ml)
There are 3 types of yogurt:
– Regular yogurt ( whole fat): it has 150 calories
– Low fat yogurt: it has 120 calories
– Skim yogurt: it has 90 calories.
Low fat yogurt should be more consumed. It is low in cholesterol and has vitamin D, which is a fat soluble vitamin that you can’t find it in non fat products.
Yogurt contains live bacterial infections (lacto bacteria), also called probiotics. These are called intestinal friendly bacteria. They inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria and yeast infections.
Also they improve digestion by digesting lactose (sugar found in milk and yogurt). That’s why yogurt is easier than milk to digest.
Antibiotics usually kill not only the harmful bacteria but also the good ones in the intestines. Lacto bacteria help replenish the intestines with helpful bacteria.
Usually I prescribe a daily portion of yogurt when someone is taking antibiotics, and for 2 weeks thereafter.
Lacto bacteria help in boosting your immune system. They prevent stomach infections, as well as vaginal infections.
Not all the foods made with yogurt are created equally.
Yogurt used to coat raisins and nuts for example is often too high in sugar, that you are actually eating more sugar than yogurt.
Avoid yogurt that says “heat treated after culturing” on the label.
That means that the yogurt was pasteurized after the healthful organisms were added. This kills the benefits of the yogurt and spoils its health value.
It is more nutritious than fruit yogurt:
– it contains around half the calories
– it contains twice the amount of proteins and calcium
If plain yogurt doesn’t appeal to you, buy it and add to it your favorite fruit flavor.
This is found in pinkberry!! (You buy a non fat yogurt then you choose your own fruits to be added on the top. Also they have green tea flavored yogurt)
– Replace mayonnaise and salad dressings with low fat yogurt.
– Replace ice-cream and milkshakes with frozen yogurt and fruit smoothie.
– Make dips with low fat yogurt instead of sour cream
– Low-fat yogurt can be substituted for milk, buttermilk and sour cream in recipes like waffles, muffins and pancakes.
Eating yogurt everyday is very healthy for the body.
I recently started to replace my morning milk with a low- fat liquid yogurt; it is easier for me to digest it.
I enjoy having a fruit yogurt in the afternoon as a snack; I put it in the freezer for 3minutes before I eat it, so it can be cold, smooth and refreshing!!
Eat like me!! 😉