The Benefits of Yoghurt

Discover the myriad benefits of yoghurt, along with some helpful suggestions as to healthy, tasty substitutions...

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Improve your diet simply by substituting high-calorie foods for plain yogurt. You’ll soon come to realize that many of the foods served with yoghurt actually taste better than those accompanied by the usual fattening dressings you’re accustomed to. One serving is a significant source of potassium, phosphorous, riboflavin, iodine, zinc, and vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid). Yogurt also contains B12, which maintains red blood cells and helps keep your nervous system functioning properly. Vitamin B12 is found mostly in animal products, such as chicken and fish, so strict vegetarians can easily fall short. An eight-ounce serving contains 1.4 micrograms of the vitamin, about 60 percent of what adult women need daily.

The Benefits of Yoghurt:

  • Not only can it be digested easily, but it aids with the digestion process. Most brands of yogurt contain good-for-you bacteria
  • It is rich in calcium and protein.
  • It helps the intestine function at its best.
  • It facilitates digestion for those who have difficulty absorbing calcium.
  • Due to its high calcium content, it contributes dramatically to the proper development of children’s bone tissue.
  • It strengthens the fragile bones of elderly men.
  • It helps women combat osteoporosis.
  • It helps maintain good health and, as many assert, it grants longevity.

Helpful Ideas:

  • Try a baked potato with yoghurt and spring onions instead of butter.
  • Pour yoghurt instead of cream over stewed fruits and sprinkle it with cinnamon.
  • Compliment rice with yoghurt and substitute it for cream in recipes for various sauces.
  • Add yoghurt to your dolmades  (stuffed grape leaves) instead of egg lemon sauce.

Many varieties now also contain special strains of probiotics meant to help regulate your digestion or strengthen your immune system.

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