Go for Yogurt!

How much yogurt do you eat? If you are looking for a way to consume more yogurt, you’ve found the right place. Yogurt contains probiotics--the good bacteria located in the gastrointestinal tract.

Probiotics may aid in digestion and help protect you against harmful bacteria. They may also be helpful when taking a course of antibiotics. While antibiotics kill the harmful bacteria making you sick, they also kill the good bacteria trying to keep you healthy. Consuming probiotics helps to replace the good bacteria. If you are taking an antibiotic, you should wait two hours before taking a probiotic, otherwise it may not be useful. If you choose to consume probiotics in pill form, the high doses may cause gas, upset stomach, and diarrhea.

There are many different types of probiotics; they all have different roles to play. Some strains of probiotics include Lactobacillus acidophilus, Streptococcus thermophilus, and Bifidus. Some strains like Bifidus help to keep the digestive tract working and can help treat chronic constipation. There is some evidence suggesting that probiotic use can help with lactose intolerance and symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Because probiotic aid in digestion, they can help to break down food you have eaten even more after it has passed through your stomach. Probiotics can also help lower chances of a yeast infection.

How do you decide what type of yogurt to buy? There are many different options on the market. There are three categories when looking at fat content: non-fat, low-fat, and whole milk yogurts. There is also original yogurt and Greek yogurt. The difference between the original and Greek yogurt is how many times they are strained, which removes excess water. Original yogurt is strained twice while Greek Yogurt is strained three times. This extra straining process results in much thicker yogurt that has a significantly higher protein content. The protein content can help you feel fuller for a more extended period. Another thing to consider is sweeteners or sugar in yogurts. Light yogurts often contain artificial sweeteners, while regular yogurt can be quite high in sugar.

Calcium is vital to build and maintain teeth, nerves, bones, and muscles. In one cup of yogurt, there is approximately 450 mg of calcium. From age 9-18 years old you should consume 1300 mg per day, 19-50 years old you should consume 1000 mg, and 51 years and older should consume 1200 mg of calcium per day.

Bored with plain yogurt? No need to be! You can add crushed pineapple and shredded coconut to make pina colada yogurt. Adding ¼ cup strawberries and 1/8 teaspoon vanilla to 6 oz of plain yogurt makes homemade strawberry and cream yogurt. You can use plain yogurt in recipes for everything from chocolate cake to chicken salad and spinach dip made with yogurt instead of mayonnaise.







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