Huge Benefits of Yogurt
There are many reasons why many people like yogurt. Besides its refreshing sour taste with a soft texture, yogurt is also desirable because of its health benefits.
Yogurt is made by adding ‘good’ bacterial culture or the so-called lactic acid bacteria, which will convert the lactose (milk sugar) into lactic acid. Among several kinds of lactic acid bacteria which are often used as a starter in the manufacture of yogurt, Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus is a lactic acid bacterial species commonly used in Indonesia. Both types of lactic acid are what make yogurt becomes more viscous by formulating milk protein to change the nature and coagulated (clot).
‘The Sour’ that Rich in Nutrition
Milk which is the manufacture of yogurt, either whole milk (whole milk) or skim milk, determines the nutritional value of yogurt. Similarly, the plain yogurt and yogurt with added sugar, syrup, fruit or ice cream, both also have different nutritional composition.
However, yogurt generally has a good nutrient composition since it is rich in animal protein contained in milk and contains various essential nutrients like calcium and vitamin B2.
Yogurt and its Kind
- Regular Yogurt: yogurt that contains approximately 3:25 per cent fat.
- Low Fat Yogurt: the fat content is only about 0.5 – 2 percent.
- Fat-free Yogurt (skimmed yogurt): the fat content on this type of yogurt is less than 0.5 percent.
- Frozen Yogurt: the type of yogurt made from a mixture of fermented yogurt with ice cream, cream and sugar. During the freezing process, ‘good’ bacteria in yogurt become inactive, but are not completely died. ‘Good’ bacteria will be active again and gives benefits when the yogurt eaten and met with a warm body temperature.
Huge Benefits of Yogurt
- It is able to prevent bone porosity/ Osteoporosis. As a result of fermentation of milk, yogurt also has high calcium content. The results of studies say up to 1,500 milligrams of calcium per day for 3 years can prevent the decrease in bone density of menopausal women and also elderly.
- Overcoming hypertension. Not only rich in calcium, yogurt also contains magnesium and potassium, which its essential nutrient can prevent hypertension.
- Decreasing the belly fat. Researchers from the University of Tennessee found that adding low-calorie yogurt intake on the daily menu can help to decrease the fat on the belly. According to Michale Zemel, Ph.D., the researcher, calcium, especially originated from milk products, can slower the process of fat coagulation in the body. If you want a successful diet plan, Michael also advises to consume 3 times daily low-fat or fat-free yogurt.
- Preventing fungal infections in the vagina. A study reveals that a regular consumption of yogurt containing L.acidophilus can reduce the risk of vaginal infections caused by fungi.
- For gastrointestinal health. Yogurt is a source of probiotics, which is a type of ‘good’ bacteria that are beneficial to health, especially in improving the balance of flora and digestive tract health.
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