Research has shown that women who regularly consume yoghurt tend to make many more healthier eating choices. Yoghurt is a particularly nutrient-dense food providing high amounts of quality protein and bone-building calcium as well as potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc and vitamins B12 and B2.
The bacteria used to make yoghurt are called “yoghurt cultures”, which ferment lactose, the natural sugar found in milk. It’s very nutritious, and eating it regularly may boost several aspects of your health. For example, yoghurt has been found to reduce the risk of heart disease and osteoporosis, as well as aid in weight management.
A 2013 Nutrition Research study showed that women who regularly consume yoghurt tend towards healthier eating in general and experience specific benefits including:
Lower risks of disease – eating yoghurt often is associated with lower blood glucose and lower blood pressure reducing the risks of developing chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.
Filling the nutrient gaps – daily consumption of yoghurt helps women to achieve their required protein intake, which increases during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Women who eat yoghurt regularly are also less likely to develop deficiencies in potassium, calcium, zinc and the B vitamins.
Maretha Vermaak, registered dietitian at Rediscover Dairy says “there’s an array of research that shows that the healthy bacteria, probiotics, in fermented foods like yoghurt improve the community of microbes in the gut, known as the gut microbiota.
Regular consumption of yoghurt can improve overall gut health and can contribute to a range of positive health benefits, such as reducing chronic inflammation which is linked to diseases like diabetes and heart disease and relieving gut discomfort”.
Adding that “our gut microbiota is also pivotal to our bodies’ immune response and one of the best ways to support the immune system is maintaining a healthy gut”.
One cup also provides 38% of your daily need for phosphorus, 12% for magnesium and 18% for potassium. These minerals are essential for several biological processes, such as regulating blood pressure, metabolism and bone health.
Weight maintenance and appetite control – due to its quality protein, including yoghurt in meals and especially as snacks helps you to feel fuller for longer and can help to manage weight and control appetite.
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