You might eat yogurt every day because you’ve heard it is good for you, but do you know why? Yogurt has many surprising health benefits besides simply being full of calcium and protein. Here are some of the benefits you may not have heard:
- It can help you reduce belly fat. Yogurt is a great food to eat if you’re trying to lose weight and trim your midsection. The calcium in yogurt actually signals your fat cells to produce less cortisol and amino acids help burn fat. These all work together to keep you slim and trim.
- Yogurt contains probiotics which regulate your digestive system and help boost your immune system.
- It contains lots of health boosting vitamins. One serving gives you potassium, riboflavin, iodine, zinc, vitamin B5, phosphorous and vitamin B12. If you’re a vegetarian, yogurt is especially helping in getting vitamin B12, which maintains red blood cells and keeps your nervous system running smoothly. Most of the items that contain vitamin B12 are animal products.
- Yogurt can help you recover faster after working out, especially high-protein Greek yogurt. Eat some within 60 minutes of exercise to help your body get amino acids that help muscles repair themselves faster. Drink water with your yogurt to improve hydration. The protein in yogurt also helps increase water absorbed by intestines.
- It may help prevent high blood pressure. If you’re prone to high blood pressure or consume a lot of salty products, the potassium in yogurt can help flush out sodium from your body.
- Grab a cup to keep the sniffles away. The healthy bacteria in yogurt helps boost your immune system and helps keep you healthy. It may also reduce allergy symptoms by boosting active T cells, which fight illness and infection. Allergy sufferers often have low levels of T cells.
- It can keep your gums protected and studies show even though most yogurts contain sugar, it doesn’t have any negative effects on your teeth.
- Yogurt contains a lot of protein which makes it a great snack. Look for at least eight to 10 grams per serving if you want a high-protein snack.
- Look for these guidelines when shopping for healthy yogurt: In a six-ounce serving, look for low calories (100-150), less than 3.5 grams of fat, less than 20 grams of sugar (the lower, the better and watch for sneaky sugar substitutes), eight to 10 grams of protein, and 20% or more of your daily value of calcium and Vitamin D.
Do you enjoy eating yogurt? Did you know it had this many health benefits? Did any surprise you?