Unsweetened Yogurt or ‘dahi’ is one of the most Functional foods which provides special functions for human health. Yogurt is made from milk and therefore one gets a dose of animal protein, plus several other nutrients found in dairy foods, like calcium, vitamin B-2, vitamin B-12, potassium, and magnesium.
The exact mechanism of how yogurt reduces the heart diseases risk is not known but many promising studies are showing consuming yogurt reduces arterial stiffness and thus reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. Eating 2 servings of low fat, yogurt, without added sugar reduced the risk by about 20%.
Yogurt is also a “probiotic.” Probiotics are “friendly bacteria” that are naturally present in the digestive system. Live strains of these “good bacteria” are also found in many yogurt products. Yogurt helps in alleviating certain gastrointestinal conditions, including lactose intolerance, constipation, diarrheal diseases, colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, Helicobacter pylori infection, and allergies. Yogurt is a boon to patients with these conditions who can benefit because of the innate immunity response created by yogurt and improvement of healthy bacteria in the GI tract.
Yogurt makes us strong by providing immunity. Yogurt has great potential as a protective, anti-infection agent. Increased yogurt consumption might help increase one’s resistance to immune-related diseases such as cancer and infections. This healthy snack is packed with calcium and several other nutrients that help postmenopausal women maintain strong and healthy bones. Yogurt is the right answer for both – who want to lose weight and for those who want to gain weight. It has proven to help in weight loss as well as healthy weight gain, which shows that it stimulates happy hormones to reduce visceral fat hence reducing belly fat. In weight gain also, it has shown to improve weight without disturbing the waist circumference.Yogurt May Help You Feel Fuller.
So next time you are thinking on a snack to eat at work or in a café with your friends ask for a yogurt with fresh fruits!
From the Panel of Well at Heart e-Health Magazine App
– By Ms. Pariksha Rao
M Sc in Advanced Human Nutrition and Public Health Nutrition (Delhi University).
Diploma in Clinical Research and Clinical Behaviour Science
Senior Clinical Nutritionist & Wellness Coach
Mindfulness Expert – Diabetes (UK)
International Diabetes Federation certified Diabetes Educator.
She is the founder of Indian Diabetes Educators group. Presently she is a member of American Heart Association (AHA), American Diabetes Association (ADA), Coeliac Society of India, Indian Dietetic Association and National Institute of Nutrition.