It's hard to imagine that anyone hasn't heard of the health benefits of yogurt.
It is full of lactic acid bacteria - which is a very good thing - and in a variety of studies the consumption of yogurt has shown that it:
Yogurt can help your health in so many different ways. It can make a real difference to your calcium intake. It is also a valuable source of protein for vegetarians with approximately 6 grams of protein in a 6oz tub of yogurt. If you're interested in facts about yogurt, here is a link for yogurt nutrition values.
A common probiotic in yogurt is acidophilus and this bacteria has so many proven benefits.
Yogurt has helped some women who have yeast infection. I'll be up front - it doesn't help everybody, but it is PROVEN to help SOME women. Give it a go. Check this out for help on how to get the yogurt in there.
The benefits of yogurt extend to taking it during and after treatment with antibiotics. Research shows that yogurt can help with antibiotic diarrhea and even the Mayo Clinic suggests eating yogurt during treatment. It must be a brand of yogurt that contains viable bacteria to be of assistance.
Homemade yogurt is so good for you and you control the production every step of the way. This is where you really can introduce all the health benefits of yogurt. You can make it from any type of milk that you choose - cow, sheep, soy, camel! - and add as much or as little sweetening as you like. The health benefits of yogurt increase even further when you eat it freshly made while it is still bursting with lactic acid bacteria. And it doesn't need to be complicated. Take a look at how simple it can be to learn how to make yogurt.
How to flavor yogurt need not be a problem - I simply add my choice of jam to it. My favorite is flavored with my homemade wild blackberry jam! Try ice cream toppings, maple syrup or honey if you want a sweet yogurt. Try chives and fresh herbs for a savory yogurt flavor.
And you need to read this if you want to know how to make probiotic yogurt. I advise against it - see why?
No need to hang your head in shame if you prefer to buy your yogurt. With a little care, commercial yogurt can be just as good for you as your homemade brew. The important points to remember are;
And if you're concerned about the Activia lawsuit then I hope this article will set your mind at rest.
As an update, the Activia Settlement (of the above lawsuit) means that some consumers may be able to receive up to $100. Check out that link if you believe you qualify.
Lactobacillus casei is found in DanActive a popular fermented drink. Expensive, but some people find it helpful with gastrointestinal troubles although it has also GIVEN a few folk upset tummies! Too many good bacteria introduced too quickly can do that.
Not sure whether good bacteria survive the trip through your digestive tract so that you really do enjoy the health benefits of yogurt? Follow that link and you'll see that they do.
Yogurt cheese is another of those things that can be so dang good for you and tastes good too. And easy! Did I say it was easy to make! You'll find a yogurt cheese recipe right here. The benefits of yogurt cheese include its health giving properties, but as well, it's a very versatile food - you can eat it a hundred different ways and that applies to Bulgarian yogurt. I've even thrown in a bit of history. What more could you want!
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