The benefits of yogurt

10 Raisons yogurt is a top healthy food

 1. Yogurt is easier to digest than milk. Many people, who cannot tolerate mil, either because of protein allergy or lactose intolerance, can enjoy yogurt .The culturing process makes yogurt more digestible than milk.

 2. Yogurt contributes to colon health. There's a medical truism that states:
"You're only as healthy as your colon”. When eating yogurt, you care for your colon in two ways. First, yogurt contains lacto-bacteria, intestines-friendly bacterial cultures that foster a healthy colon, and even lower the risk of colon cancer. Secondly, yogurt is a rich source of calcium - a mineral that contributes to colon health and decreases the risk of colon cancer. Calcium discourages excess growth of the cells lining the colon, which can place a person at high risk for colon cancer.

3. Yogurt improves the bioavailability of other nutrients. Culturing of yogurt increases the absorption of calcium and B-vitamins. The lactic acid in the yogurt aids in the digestion of the milk calcium, making it easier to absorb.

4. Yogurt can boost immunity. Researchers who studied 68 people who ate two cups of live-culture yogurt daily for three months found that these persons produced higher levels of immunity boosting Interferon. The bacterial cultures in yogurt have also been shown to stimulate Infection-fighting white cells in the bloodstream

5. Yogurt aids healing after intestinal infections. Some viral and allergic gastrointestinal disorders injure the lining of the intestines especially the cells that produce lactase. This results in temporary lactose mal-absorption problems. This is why children often cannot tolerate milk for a month or two after an intestinal infection. Yogurt, however, because it contains less lactose and more lactase is usually well-tolerated by healing intestines and is a popular "healing food" for diarrhea.

6. Yogurt can decrease yeast infections. Research has shown that eating eight ounces of yogurt that contains live and active cultures daily reduces the amount of yeast colonies in the vagina.

7.  Yogurt is a rich source of calcium. An 8-ounce serving of most yogurts provides 450 mg of calcium, one-half of a child's RDA and 30 to 40 percent of the adult RDA for calcium. Because the live-active cultures in yogurt increase the absorption of calcium, an 8-ounce serving of yogurt gets more calcium into the body than the same volume of milk can.

8. Yogurt is an excellent source of protein. Plain yogurt contains around 10 to 14 grams of protein per 8 ounces, which amounts to 20% of the daily protein requirement for most persons. In fact, 8 ounces of yogurt that contains live and active cultures, contains 20% more protein than the same volume of milk. Besides being a rich source of proteins, the culturing of the milk proteins during fermentation makes these proteins easier to digest. For this reason, the proteins in yogurt are often called "predigested".

9. Yogurt can lower cholesterol. Some studies have shown that yogurt can reduce the blood cholesterol. This may be because the live cultures in yogurt can assimilate the cholesterol or because yogurt binds bile acids, which has also been shown to lower cholesterol, or both.

10. Yogurt is a "grow food". Two nutritional properties of yogurt may help children with intestinal absorption problems grow: the easier digestibility of the proteins and the fact that the lactic acid in yogurt increases the absorption of minerals. And even most picky-eaters will eat yogurt in dips and smoothies and as a topping.