Yogurt, the Healthy Food That You Eat
The probiotic bacteria in yogurt is one of the most powerful ways that we can aid our body’s natural process for weight loss. This is because it can help strengthen our intestinal defenses so that we can more effectively fight off disease and infection. As it turns out, one of the best ways to get that supple, full feeling again is to add some healthy dairy foods like yogurt to your diet. Here are 4 great benefits to adding yogurt to your diet.
There is considerable debate as to whether or not yogurt makes you lose weight. On the one hand, some studies have shown that there is a significant increase in the bacteria that causes weight loss when consuming yogurt regularly. On the other hand, milk may contain low levels of probiotics. In these cases, the yogurt may help you lose the pounds, but the milk may keep the pounds on.
Many people who are lactose intolerant substitute plain yogurt for a milk-based product like milk. While this may help with the digestion, the high sugar content can actually make matters worse by stimulating the appetite. As such, the use of milk-based products should be limited for those with lactose intolerance. One great alternative is a soy based probiotic beverage which contains lactobacillus acidophilus.
If you are looking for a probiotic food that will not only provide you with plenty of healthy bacteria but also help your body digest dairy products, try unsweetened non-fat plain yogurt (soy is beneficial here too). Although some people will tell you that unsweetened plain yogurt is not a replacement for whole milk, it certainly does make an excellent replacement for some dairy products. Since yogurt is a live culture, it contains a significant amount of bacteria, which can boost your metabolism and digestion as well as increasing your energy levels throughout the day. If you do not have sufficient digestive enzymes, adding a probiotic to your diet can help you reach and maintain a healthy balance.
There are several other types of yogurts to choose from, including regular, strained, and flavored varieties. Regular and strained yogurt is the most popular due to their low fat content and lack of additional ingredients that tend to mask the taste of dairy. They are also very easy to store in your refrigerator and will keep for up to several weeks.
Flavored varieties are available in many grocery stores and even online, though they tend to be much less expensive than regular or strained yogurt. Some examples include: cac k yoghurt, coconut yogurt, lactobacillus, and the ever-popular no fat yogurt. The more natural and less expensive yogurts are generally considered to be better for you and do not increase the risk of developing illnesses such as bloating, gas or indigestion. However, it is important to ensure that you do not have an allergic reaction to any of these brands, and to read the labels carefully. It is also a good idea to read the ingredient label of all yogurts you purchase and ensure that they do not contain any of the following ingredients: sugar, monounsaturated fat, high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavoring, food color, starch, artificial sweeteners or salt. (The US FDA does recommend against the use of honey in cooking.)