Eating bacteria may not seem ideal but consuming “good and friendly bacteria” can help you boost immune system and promote a healthy digestive tract. How so? Yogurt is probiotic which means it is rich in nutrients and contains almost all the nutrient a body needs. Here are the 5 surprising facts about yogurt you may not know.
Fun fact: Did you know when French King, Francois J suffered from recurring diarrhea, Ottoman Empire sent over one of his own doctors with a miraculous cure: yogurt?
A daily consumption of yogurt may help you drop of unwanted belly fat. In a research from University of Tennessee, Knoxville, people who consume 18 ounces of yogurt daily and in conjunction with their low-calorie diet lost more weight compared to dieters who skipped snacks. “Fat around your waist produces the hormone cortisol which tells your body to accumulate even more tummy flab,” says nutrition professor and lead study author Michael Zemel, PhD. The calcium in the yogurt signals the fat cells to pump less cortisol that results in losing weight with a combination with the amino acids found in yogurt to burn fats.
Prevents high blood pressure
Too much salt in our body promotes hypertension, kidney problems and heart disease but fortunately, the potassium found in this magic food may help to flush the excess sodium in our body which to prevent high blood pressure.
Better skin complexion
According to Hema Sundaram, MD, a dermatologist, “Yogurt contains lactic acid, which is a component in some in-office chemical peels. It gently exfoliates the top layers of the epidermis which can clear up blemishes and discolorations, and may even reduce fine wrinkles.”
Protects you against osteoporosis
As mentioned, yogurt contains almost every nutrient our body needs and nonetheless, it includes, calcium, protein, potassium, phosphorus and vitamin D. These vitamins and minerals are helpful in preventing osteoporosis – a condition characterized by weakening of the bones. A daily consumption of yogurt help preserve bone mass and strength.
Boosts immune system
Not only yogurt is probiotics to reduce inflammation and prevent common cold, but it also contains immune enhancer properties such as magnesium, selenium, zinc and vitamin D to boost immune system even further.
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by Hridya Anand
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