A bowl of yogurt everyday keeps diseases at bay
Yogurt is packed with high amounts of calcium, potassium, protein, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc and vitamin B-12. According to a study published in the Nutrition Research in 2013, women who eat yogurt on regular basis have a healthier diet quality as compared to those who don’t consume yogurt. Here are some benefits why women should consume yogurt regularly.
Reduced disease risks
It has been reported that women who consume yogurt are less likely to have chronic diseases, thus, they have a better quality of life and longer life expectancy. As per the study done in 2013, consumption of yogurt on regular basis is associated with lower blood pressure, blood glucose and triglyceride levels and less insulin resistance compared with not eating yogurt. This suggests that women who consume yogurt may have a lower chance of developing chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease.
As yogurt is a rich source of protein, its consumption can help control the overall calorie intake for healthy weight management. According to a study published in 2013 in “Appetite” women who included high-protein Greek yogurt as their afternoon snack had increased fullness, better appetite control and experienced delayed subsequent eating compared to those who consumed a lower-protein afternoon snack.
One of the things that makes yogurt so healthy is probiotics. This healthy bacteria is naturally present in women’s digestive tracts, that can improve digestive function. A study published in 2008 in “Acta Gastroenterologica Latinoamericana” suggests that regular intake of probiotic-containing yogurt can help reduce constipation and pain associated with constipation in women between the ages of 18 and 55. All the women who took participation in this study consumed yogurt daily for a period of 14 days.
Apart from aforementioned benefits, regular consumption of yogurt may reduce the chances of developing nutrient deficiencies in women. As per the study published in 2013 in “Nutrition Research” women who consume yogurt have higher potassium intakes and are less likely to have dietary deficiencies in vitamins B-12 and B-2, magnesium, calcium and zinc. Image source : getty