Yogurt, the hallmark of a diet and a healthy lifestyle
Did you know that the consumption of yogurt Is it associated with a healthy diet, control of body weight, a lower risk of developing diabetes and a more active lifestyle? These are some of the most important benefits that regular consumption of yogurt can bring to your health.
Yogurt is one of the healthiest foods that exist, not only for children of growing age, but also for adults, because it provides a large amount of nutrients, is very rich in calcium and has excellent gastrointestinal qualities.
But in addition, recent research conducted in North America, South America and Europe shows that the consumption of yogurt is considered a distinctive of a diet and a healthy lifestyle. And is that yogurt brings many nutritional benefits to people who consume it. Thus, for example, consumers of yogurt ingest more essential nutrients, such as minerals (calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc), vitamins (B2, B12, D) and proteins, and also a lower amount of fat, both total and saturated.
On the other hand, The diet of yogurt consumers is healthier. Specifically, children who frequently consume yogurt include more fruit, whole grains and milk, than children who consume it infrequently, indicating a greater degree of compliance with the guidelines of a healthy diet.
And as for eating habits, consumers of yogurt tend to eat less meat, fried potatoes and fried foods, red and processed meats, pizzas, snacks, soft drinks or alcohol, than those who barely consume yogurt.
Yogurt helps control weight and diabetes
One of the consequences of the consumption of yogurt is associated with a higher quality diet, is that helps maintain ideal weight. A study from the University of Virginia (USA) showed that regular consumption of yogurt was associated with a lower weight gain over time, which results in a better Body Mass Index. Specifically, people who drink a yogurt a day, that is, 7 a week, have at least 20% less risk of being overweight or obese.
Another beneficial effect of yogurt consumption is related to the prevention of type 2 diabetes. According to the study, people who eat three or more servings of yogurt a week have a 17% reduction in the risk of type 2 diabetes In addition, and serve as a trick, replacing a serving of unhealthy snacks with a serving of yogurt a day is also associated with a lower incidence of type 2 diabetes.
Last but not least, the consumption of yogurt is also associated with a more active lifestyle. Adults who consume yogurt daily are up to 40% more likely to exercise, two hours or more a week, and 30% less likely to smoke than those who do not consume yogurt. In addition, among those who consume yogurt four times or more per week the highest the knowledge between the relationship between food and health.
Yogurt for children and teenagers
Natural yogurt is an essential probiotic food with around 100 million bacteria and numerous properties for our body, among which it stands out that it helps maintain good digestive health and stimulates the immune system. All these benefits, together with the inclusion of yogurt in the diet of children is an excellent way to strengthen the contribution of some essential nutrients, particularly calcium, magnesium, iodine and riboflavin, make it essential in the diet of children.
However, the results of a study conducted in the United Kingdom suggest that young children drink more yogurt than adolescents. Among those who consume more yogurt, it is noted that the levels of nutrients such as calcium, iodine and riboflavin, vitamin A, zinc, vitamin B12 and vitamin D are higher.
The consumption of yogurt also introduces changes in the diet of the youngest. Thus the study revealed that children between 4 and 10 years who were regular consumers of yogurt, took less fat, processed meat, cakes and buns, and instead, more fish, crackers and fiber-rich cereals at breakfast. Between 11 and 18 years, the most intense consumption of yogurt was associated with diets containing less processed meat and white bread as well as more bread and cereals rich in fiber, fish, fruits and vegetables.
What does a yogurt contain?
The recommendation to take a yogurt a day is increasingly widespread. Why? What contributes the incorporation of this food to our diet? Apart from Lactobacillus and Streptooos, it contains high biological value proteins as 80% casein, which facilitates digestion, a significant amount of calcium (100 g whole yogurt contains 123 mg), essential for growth in children, maintenance and reproduction of the human body, and strengthening of the bones and the teeth, keeping them strong and healthy.
If it is skimmed it does not contain fat and of the 3.9 grams of sugars it contains per 100 grams of yogurt, the main one is lactose, sugar naturally present in yogurt, which during the fermentation of yogurt is transformed into lactic acid and this acidity favors the development of intestinal flora and helps control the appearance of numerous intestinal diseases such as indigestion, flatulence, diarrhea, etc.
It also stands out for the vitamin B2 (riboflavin) that is not abundant in any food and the lack of this vitamin produces indigestion and lack of hunger, and for its content in vitamin D (calciferol) that favors the absorption of calcium and phosphorus in the bones .
For all these advantages, do not miss a yogurt a day!
Marisol Nuevo Espín