“The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine, or the slowest form of poison.” – Ann Wigmore
Yoghurt is an ideal snack choice as it keeps the body feeling full for longer. It can be eaten as it is, in the form of a smoothie or topped with fresh or dry fruits. While shopping for yoghurt, check the label and look for brands that contain “active cultures”, “probiotics”; and Vitamin D will be an added benefit.
Yoghurt’s nutritional benefits surpasses that of milk. People who are moderately lactose-intolerant can consume yoghurt without feeling ill, because the lactic acid found in yoghurt is partially digested and is better tolerated by the body. Yoghurt is nutritionally rich in protein, calcium, riboflavin, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12.
Yoghurt is a dairy product produced by the bacterial fermentation of milk. Bacteria act on the milk sugar lactose and converts them to lactic acid which is what gives yoghurt its texture and characteristic tang.
What does the term “probiotics” mean and why do we hear it so often in relation to yoghurt? Probiotics are “good bacteria” that are naturally present in the digestive system. Live strains or active cultures of these “good bacteria” are also found in yogurt products. These good bacteria present in yoghurt maximises nutrient absorption, insures a healthy digestive system and preserves the general well being and immune system.
Calcium, which is found in dairy products, needs to enter the body in an acid matrix or your body will not absorb it. Thus, the lactic acid of yoghurt is a perfect medium to maximize calcium absorption.
Whey is the clear liquid that separates out from the yoghurt. It is slightly laxative and very good for the kidneys. It contains helpful bacteria which are good for the intestines. Whey is also high in minerals and a source of protein. Use it in smoothies, to make soup, oatmeal, or in any place where you can add a nutritional liquid.
Yoghurt also works well as an ingredient in recipes. Substitute plain yoghurt for sour cream. Yoghurt could also be used for cake mixes or to give curries the tang associated with it. Incorporate yoghurt in your daily meals to enjoy the plentiful health benefits it has to offer.
How to make your own homemade low-fat yogurt?
You could make your own homemade yoghurt for the satisfying health tag attached to it. Take 200ml of lukewarm low fat milk in a container and add a tbsp of live culture yoghurt (plain and unsweetened) to it. Cover and leave the container undisturbed for about 7-8 hours. Your homemade yoghurt is now ready!