Most people like yogurt. The reason is, there is no doubt about the health benefits of this milk product.
Yogurt is rich in nutrients. Apart from that, according to Pharmeasy, yogurt is an extraordinary source of protein and calcium. Yogurt also contains vitamin B complex, phosphorus, potassium and magnesium, which can increase metabolism and provide a feeling of fullness.
There are various ways to eat it. There are those who consume yogurt directly, as a snack or as an addition to salads or oatmeal. Meanwhile, yogurt consists of various types, but the one most frequently consumed, especially in Indonesia, is Greek yogurt or Icelandic skyr.
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As reported by Eat This, Not That!, both yogurts are available in a variety of choices. Some are full fat or no fat and some are high in protein and lactose free. Whatever type of yogurt, both still have almost the same health benefits.
Apart from that, yogurt is also safe to consume every day. According to a registered dietitian nutritionist, Brooke Glazer, RDN, consuming yogurt every day has been shown to help reduce the risk of diabetes and improve immune function. Not only that, Brooke also said that there are many other health benefits that can be obtained from consuming yogurt every day.
So, what are the benefits of yogurt? Here are 7 benefits of eating yogurt every day. Check it out!
Reduces the Risk of Diabetes
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Beauties, did you know? Consuming yogurt every day can help you reduce your risk of developing diabetes, especially type 2 diabetes. This is because yogurt can help manage blood cholesterol levels, as explained in a research study published by the Journal of Dairy Sciences.
According to this study, if someone consumes yogurt every day, that person’s bad cholesterol levels will decrease. This is why yogurt has benefits in reducing the risk of developing diabetes.
Lowers Blood Pressure
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For those of you who have high blood pressure, it’s a good idea to try consuming yogurt every day. According to internationally recognized nutritionist and portion control expert, Lisa Young, PhD, RDN, this is because yogurt is good for heart health and can help lower blood pressure.
This statement is also in line with a study published in the Journal of Hypertension in 2018. This study found that consuming dairy products, especially yogurt, can reduce cases of high blood pressure in adults.
So that these benefits are more pronounced, it would be better if you consume it by following the “Dash Diet” program. The reason is, this program is claimed to reduce the risk of high blood pressure by 30 percent.
Makes You Fuller Longer
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If you often feel hungry or get hungry easily, try consuming yogurt every day. However, choose yogurt that is high in protein and does not contain fat, such as Greek yogurt or Icelandic skyr. These two yogurts are great for providing additional protein with low sugar and fat content.
Protein has the ability to make you feel full longer by reducing hunger hormones and minimizing appetite. High protein foods such as yogurt can be an ideal choice as a breakfast menu which can be added with fruit, granola or nuts.
Good for Muscle and Bone Health
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Apart from protein, yogurt is also rich in calcium. Calcium is an important nutrient needed by the body to maintain healthy muscles and bones. So if you consume yogurt regularly every day, you can avoid osteoporosis.
Not only that, healthy muscles and bones can make the body’s foundation strong so that you will not easily experience injuries or broken bones. So, make sure to meet your daily calcium intake by consuming yogurt every day. That way, your muscle and bone health is maintained.
Facilitates the Digestive Tract
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One of the benefits of eating yogurt every day that is felt most quickly in the body is that it can improve the digestive tract. The reason is, yogurt is a probiotic drink or food that can increase the levels of good bacteria in the body. These good bacteria will play a role in facilitating the digestive tract. So that intestinal health will be maintained.
In addition, according to Lindsey Kane, MS, RD, LDN, Director of Nutrition at Sun Basket, the good bacteria that live in the large intestine can also reduce bloating and reduce symptoms associated with Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and even Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). However, you must still be wise in choosing the type of yogurt you will consume.
Because, according to Lindsey Kane, not all yogurts are created equal when it comes to probiotics. He says that most yogurts undergo pasteurization after fermentation and this pasteurization process destroys the fragile probiotics cultivated during fermentation. This causes the ingredients in yogurt to lose the benefits it offers. Therefore, Lindsey Kane suggests choosing yogurt that contains many strains of bacteria.
Improves Immune Function
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The next benefit of eating yogurt is that it can improve immune function. Brooke Glazer says that a healthy gut plays an important role in ensuring the body doesn’t get disease. To make this happen, you can consume yogurt every day.
This is because according to Brooke Glazer, yogurt contains probiotics which can make the intestines healthier. So the intestines can improve immune function. Apart from that, Lindsey Kane also added that the probiotics in yogurt have been shown to encourage the synthesis of natural antibodies and immune cells such as lymphocytes and natural killer T cells, which can attack viruses and toxins.
Improve Mental Health
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Beauties, did you know? The probiotics in yogurt can help reduce anxiety and stress, making depressed patients feel better. This means that indirectly, consuming yogurt every day can help improve mental health.
Apart from that, many studies also say that the gut and brain are interconnected. So consuming probiotic foods and drinks such as yogurt can reduce anxiety, depression, stress and improve mood. Even though the effect may not be felt immediately, if you consume it regularly it will make a significant difference over time.
Well, Beauties, those are the 7 benefits of eating yogurt every day. Good luck!
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