Benefits of Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt has been exploding in popularity over the last few years. All of the major dairy brands, such as Yoplait, have been expanding into this market due to newly created demand. So why is this stuff so popular? Most importantly, it is a more healthy option than many of the mainstream yogurt brands, which are packed with sugar and carbs. In contrast with this, Greek yogurt consists of mostly high quality casein protein and probiotics. In case you don’t know, probiotics promote the healthy formation of bacteria in your gut that is essential for healthy digestion. Most Greek yogurt brands contain around 5 live cultures of probiotics. We hope this article sheds some light on the advantages of adding Greek yogurt to your diet

Health Benefits

Quality Casein Protein
Did you know that the first 20g of protein you consume goes directly towards immune system repair? Greek yogurt is created by skimming off the Whey from the milk, which leaves just slow digesting Casein protein in the yogurt. This provides your body with a steady stream of protein in your system. It is popular with bodybuilders before bed as a way to provide protein during sleep.

Probiotics for Digestion
Probiotics are live microorganisms that create a mutually beneficial relationship with your body. Your body provides a home for the organism, and the organism helps break down food. Greek yogurt is one of the best sources of probiotics in existence and commonly consumed by people who suffer from irregular digestive issues.

Weight Loss
Non-fat Greek yogurt is constantly recommended by nutritionists to people looking to lose weight. The casein protein promotes the usage of calories while your body is digesting food. In addition, it makes a filling snack that can be substituted for junk food. It goes great with fresh fruit which is another food group that is effective at helping with weight loss.

Infection Recovery
When you suffer from a bacterial infection, the doctors will almost always prescribe oral or intravenous antibiotics. These drugs are often necessary to destroy the infection, but they also destroy much of the healthy bacteria in your body as well. Greek yogurt promotes the formation of healthy bacteria in your digestive system, thus making it a great food to have in your diet during the recovery.

A Good Source of Calcium
Nearly all dairy products contain significant amounts of calcium and Greek yogurt is no exception. Calcium is beneficial to bones and teeth and many people do not get the recommended amount in their daily diet. Consuming at least 3 servings of dairy in a day will definitely help you meet your daily calcium needs.

How to Add it to your Diet

Replace Sour Cream
Surprisingly, plain Greek yogurt can be just as good as sour cream. It can easily be added to Mexican food and does not contain all the highly processed ingredients you find in sour cream. You can also mix in some hot sauce to make a great tasting dip or simply add it your taco or burrito.

Eat it at Breakfast
Everyday I eat a bowl of oatmeal and cup of Greek yogurt. I add blueberries and honey to a non-fat plain Yogurt to improve the flavor. It is important to get high quality protein first thing in the morning to ensure your immune system is being repaired efficiently.

 

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