Posted in Nutrition
on July 12, 2016, 8:51 a.m.
What's tasty, easy, and has lots of health benefits? Yogurt! It's got powerful boosting protein and bone building calcium. In fact, the health benefits of yogurt are so impressive that many health-conscious people make it a daily habit. Here are four possible health benefits of having a yogurt every day:
Benefit No. 1: Yogurt may help prevent osteoporosis - adequate nutrition plays a major role in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis, and the micronutrients of greatest importance are calcium and vitamin D.
Benefit No. 2: Yogurt may reduce the risk of high blood pressure - the potassium in yogurt may help flush out excess sodium in your body.
Benefit No. 3: Yogurt with active cultures may help certain gastrointestinal conditions
- your body needs to have a healthy amount of "good" bacteria for digestion, and many yogurts are made using active, good bacteria.
Benefit No. 4: Yogurt may help you feel fuller - the balance of carbohydrates and protein can keep your blood sugar levels steady.
What to consider when buying and eating yogurt (Per 6 ounce serving):
Calories: 100 to 150
Fat: 3.5 or less (low fat or non-fat)
Saturated Fat: 2 grams or less
Protein: at least 8 to 10 grams
Sugar: 20 grams or less
Calcium: at least 20 percent of the daily value
Vitamin D: at least 20 percent of the daily value
Look for active cultures and probiotics, "live and active cultures."
Yogurt makes a perfect after workout snack. The combination of protein and carbs helps fuel recovery, replenishes energy stores and repairs muscle.
Note: Greek yogurt has twice the protein content of regular yogurt. Yet, regular yogurt has three times as much calcium than Greek yogurt. Either way, both of these yogurts are a great way to indulge.
Source: webmd.com, medicinenet.com
* if you are allergic to dairy products please consult a medical professional for alternatives.