Did you know that the bacterial flora in our gut, also called microbiota, may play a role in preventing various diseases? Recent studies suggest that the active bacteria added in yogurt may contribute to good health by positively affecting our microbiota. Research is also pointing to regular consumption of yogurt as being potentially beneficial in weight management. Plus, plain and/or sweetened yogurt could be associated with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. While the science examining yogurt’s good bacteria is deeply interesting, it’s also quite young. So, keep an eye out for more interesting finds on the potential role of its active bacteria.
Managing lactose intolerance
Have you been diagnosed as lactose intolerant? You’ll be happy to know that according to the National Institute of Health, most people experiencing lactose intolerance don’t need to avoid milk and dairy. Many people can build their tolerance, while limiting symptoms, by slowly and gradually adding small amounts of dairy products to their diet. Another way to benefit from dairy nutrition is to try yogurt, which is generally well tolerated since its active bacteria help digest lactose.
Satiety and nutrition
Satiety is the feeling of being full and satisfied, or the absence of hunger after eating food. Greek yogurt is a good source of protein, which helps us maintain satiety. When you’re feeling hungry, go for a yogurt that’s high in protein. It’s convenient and tasty. Plus, you’ll get nutrients your body thrives on including calcium, potassium, phosphorus, and vitamin B12.
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