If you love the flavor of yogurt, you’ll be happy to know that it also provides many health benefits for your body. Yogurt is made by fermenting dairy or nondairy milk into a creamy mixture. It is the fermentation process which packs the yogurt full of beneficial bacterial for the gut.
There are many different types of yogurt made from dairy or nondairy sources. Dairy yogurt sources may be from cow, sheep or goat milk. In addition, delicious nondairy yogurts are made from soy, almond, or coconut milk. With so many options you will be able to find a yogurt which will fit within your current lifestyle eating strategy.
When selecting a yogurt, try to select organic and grass fed whenever possible. Be cautious as many contain high amounts of sugar. Once you become are ready for an additional challenge, consider making your own! Related blogs of interest: How Probiotics Can help your Immune System.
1. Improve Immunity
One of the greatest benefits of eating yogurt is an improved immune system. Probiotics found in yogurt and other fermented milk products can improve the gut mucosal immune system by increasing cytokine producing cells in the intestine.
2. Mood Lift
Perhaps a benefit of yogurt that is not as well-known, is that of improving mood. This occurs as the digestive tract health improves from the positive effects of probiotics. In a study from UCLA’s Gail and Gerald Oppenheimer Family Center for Neurobiology of Stress, healthy women consumed two servings per day for four weeks of yogurt and then underwent brain scans during and after the study. The healthy women who regularly consumed probiotics through yogurt showed more control in emotions and less anxiety when introduced to emotional events.
3. Support Digestive Regularity
Eating yogurt provides your body with healthy bacteria that work to keep digestion regular. It may help you to have fewer problems with both constipation and diarrhea.
4. Reduce Risk of type 2 diabetes
Yogurt intake of one serving per day was associated with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes when compared to other dairy foods. In addition, consumption of total dairy was not associated with the incidence of type 2 diabetes.
5. Increase Fat Loss
A 12 week study by the University of Tennessee at Knoxville demonstrated when on a calorie restriction diet, three to six ounces of yogurt nearly doubled the amount of fat loss versus control of non-yogurt same calorie food. In addition, the greatest area of fat loss was the trunk region with markedly reduced waist circumference measurements