Yogurt does a body good.
It has many health benefits.
All yogurts containing live and active cultures are good for you. Some brands imply they are better than others, but as long as they have live and active cultures they are just as good as any other kind.
Obviously, the more types it contains, the more you benefit. But any amount is better than none.
Another name for live and active cultures is probiotics. Probiotics is becoming the more common term.
Probiotics, or live and active cultures, are healthy bacteria that help your immune system. Some examples of probiotics you will find in yogurt are S. Thermaphilis, L. Bulgaricus, L. Acidiphilus, and Bifidus. You may find others as well, but these are common ones found in yogurt.
To know that you are getting the benefit from probiotics, there will be a Live and Active cultures label on the container. If the yogurt was heat treated after it was made it will not have the label. The heat will destroy the probiotics.
If you are lactose intolerant, you can still enjoy yogurt. Yogurt contains lactose, which breaks down into lactic acid in the digestive tract. The probiotics in the yogurt help the body break it down so it is easier to digest than many other dairy products.
Yogurt is a great way to get your calcium.
It is also a terrific source of protein so it keeps you feeling full.
Yogurt helps your immune system by building up the white blood cells, which are the cells that help fight off infection.
Yogurt is a good way to combat yeast infections. If you are prone to yeast infections, yogurt may help you get rid of them. If you are taking antibiotics, you are at risk for yeast infections. Eating yogurt will maintain your vaginal ph balance so the yeast infection causing bacteria can not thrive.
Eating plenty of yogurt is helpful if you have an ulcer or are prone to them. The probiotics keeps the bacteria that causes ulcers under control.
There are many types of yogurts to choose from today.
You can get whipped, which is like a mouse. Regular yogurt, fruit on the bottom, fiber added, or even candy added. There is also Greek style yogurt which doesn’t have the tanginess of regular yogurt. Greek yogurt is thicker and not as sweet as regular American yogurt.
Plain yogurt may be substituted for sour cream in many recipes. But to get the full nutritional benefit, add the yogurt to dishes that won’t be heated or add to hot dishes after removing from the heat.
Yogurt is a great way to maintain your health.