Unless you're lactose intolerant, the likelihood you've never had yoghurt is pretty slim, which is a great thing when you take into account all the wonderful things that it does for your body.
It's loaded with minerals, vitamins, protein and all sorts of good bacteria that you can add to dips, salads and dressings or yummy morning smoothies. But what exactly are the good things it does for you? Well, here you go...
Maintains bone health
According to statistics, 23% of women compared to 6% of men suffer from osteoporosis, so any dietary benefits you can consume to benefit the bones are a good thing. Yoghurt is loaded with vitamin D and calcium, which help with nutrient deficiencies and bone health in older people. Research has shown that 1 cup of plain yoghurt (low-fat and unsweetened) provides 300mg of calcium, which helps prevent bone issues.
Keeps your digestive tract healthy
Probiotics stimulate the production of mucus, which is good because a thick layer inside your body prevents the invasion of bacteria. Probiotics also trigger the mucosal immune system to secrete defensive immunoglobulins (antibodies) in the intestinal tract. Healthy!
Reduces blood pressures
Foods rich in probiotics are shown to lower high blood pressure thereby reducing the risk of end-stage renal ailment, heart failiure, coronary heart disease and stroke. Get some on your spoon!
Prevents you from getting sick
The common cold and flu can be fought off thanks to the active culture in yoghurt, which strengthens the immune system.
Balances your blood sugar level
Yoghurt is helpful in the management of diabetes as it boosts the antioxidant level and improves rising blood glucose in type 2 patients.
Prevents skin disorders
It might seem like an old wives' tale, but whether eaten or applied, yoghurt is quite beneficial for the skin because the the vitamin A in yoghurt prevents acne breakouts and warts.