Yogurt

ID-100324556Healthy Benefits

Disease Prevention and Risk Reduction

Yogurt promotes normal bowel movements and prevents constipation and other gastrointestinal problems such as flatulence and bloating.

Yogurt reduces exposure of the gastrointestinal tract to pathogens, which can cause diseases such as cancer and inflammatory bowel disease.

A review published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition noted possible mechanisms by which yogurt could bolster resistance to disease. Dr. S. Meydani, a leading researcher in the field of immunology, states, “…yogurt may help make the immune system more resilient.”

A study in the journal Cancer Causes and Control included more than 1400 subjects with colon cancer from the Los Angeles area. Researchers found that yogurt intake was associated with a significantly decreased risk of developing colon cancer.

Important Point

Always choose yogurt that says it contains “live cultures.”

Preparation

To easily add yogurt to your daily diet, you can add it to almost any baked-goods recipe. Yogurt will replace up to half of the liquid. You can also add it to sauces, soups, and stews.

Another great way to use yogurt is in smoothies. Adding yogurt will help to thicken the smoothie and it makes it creamier.

Preservation

The easiest way to preserve yogurt is to freeze it. Fill ice cube trays with yogurt. Allow to freeze. Pop out yogurt cubes into a freezer bag. It’s very easy to grab what you need to add to your recipes when it’s portioned this way.

Resources

Reinhard, Tonia. Superfoods: The Healthiest Foods on the Planet. Buffalo, NY: Firefly, 2010. Print.

“Freezing Yogurt.” Once A Month Meals. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Aug. 2013.

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