A little bit of story about Yoghurt
At least four millennia ago, in the Mongolian steppes, nomads transported their milk in skins made of sheep or goatskin. Historians believe that by being tossed around on the back of a buffalo, the milk was heated and stirred, and began to produce, in contact with two bacteria. It was not until 1905 that the Bulgarian biologist Grigorov identified the bacteria responsible for the acidity: “Lactobacillus bulgaricus”. The yoghurt is then marketed… as a Bulgarian product!
5 good reasons to eat yoghurt every day
Do you like to start the day with a nice bowl of creamy yoghurt? You are right, because this food is widely considered to be healthy and nutritious. Here are 5 positive effects of its daily consumption.
- It provides essential nutrients to the body
Yoghurt is an essential ally for keeping fit and vitality, because it contains most of the nutrients necessary for the proper functioning of the body. Yoghurt is rich in calcium, a fundamental mineral for healthy teeth and bones. Just one cup provides 49% of your daily calcium requirement. It is also high in B vitamins (especially vitamin B12) and riboflavin, which help fight heart disease and neural tube defects. Finally, it helps regulate blood pressure and metabolism, as it contains a high concentration of potassium, magnesium and phosphorus.
2. Facilitates digestion
Yoghurt contains probiotics, which are good bacteria that have a positive effect on the gut and the intestinal flora. While the word “bacteria” often sounds negative, there are some that are harmless or even essential to the human body. Probiotics are bacteria or yeasts found naturally in the digestive tract or in foods like yogurt and fermented milk, sauerkraut, and olives. They play an essential role in digestion by eliminating harmful bacteria and by replenishing the intestinal flora. Good bowel regularity strengthens the immune system and prevents bloating, inflammatory bowel disease, constipation and diarrhea. Be careful, yogurts do not all contain the same amount of probiotics.
3. Provides a feeling of satiety
Yoghurt (more specifically Greek yoghurt) is a rich source of protein. There’s a good chance you’ll feel full after eating it – as long as it’s not low fat yoghurt. Yoghurt provides an impressive amount of protein: around 12g per 200g on average. Adequate intake helps to regulate appetite because it stimulates the production of hormones that send a signal of fullness to the brain. This helps reduce your calorie intake, which is good if you want to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. In one study, people who ate yoghurt were less hungry and consumed 100 calories less at dinner than those who ate snacks that were low in protein but containing the same number of calories.
4. Boosts the immune system
Daily consumption of yoghurt – especially if it contains probiotics – improves the immune system. The immune properties of yoghurt are partly due to its content in magnesium, selenium and zinc – trace elements that optimize the immune system. Let’s not forget probiotics and their key role in regulating the intestinal flora. This promotes absorption of the nutrients the body needs for good health, and acts as a natural barrier against viruses and harmful bacteria. Also, probiotics promote the synthesis of natural antibodies and immune cells.
5. Does good to the heart
Eating a creamy homemade yoghurt is always balm in the heart. In fact, it’s great for heart health. The fat content in yoghurt is one of the reasons people often prefer it in its low-fat version. Still, it is quite beneficial for heart health. In fact, it mostly contains saturated fatty acids and a small amount of monounsaturated fatty acids.
Finally, to keep these 5 good reasons to eat one yoghurt a day, you need a quality yoghurt. A homemade yoghurt with no preservatives that has not traveled for several days. Go for the “Yoghurlicious”. This week at Meat & Meet you will have the chance to taste this excellent yoghurt.
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