Yoghurt is high on the health menu again.
Cambridge University researchers have found that eating a small pot of unsweetened yoghurt every other day reduces the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by a massive 28%.
This latest research is another reminder that you really can’t go wrong with yoghurt. Delicious, easy to eat, versatile and inexpensive to buy. It’s also a nutritional powerhouse, containing calcium, magnesium, Vitamin D and fatty acids.
How can I eat yoghurt for my health?
- Avoid added sugar. Anything with added sugar is a health no no. If you really can’t bear the lack of sweetness add small amounts of natural sweeteners. Honey or agave syrup are ideal.
- Choose yoghurt with probiotics. Yoghurts with ‘active cultures’ have had specific strains of the beneficial bacteria added. Some studies question the effectiveness of certain probiotic products on the market. However, many people have reported huge health benefits.
- Avoid heat treated. Anything heat treated means the beneficial bacteria will have been killed off. Check those labels carefully!
- Make homemade yoghurt. If you have a yoghurt maker you can knit your own yoghurt! A thermos or warm bowl and tea towel does the trick just as effectively.
- Post workout. Yoghurt is quick and easy to eat. Try low fat Greek yoghurt for a nutritious treat. It has twice the protein content of normal yoghurt. Mixed with nuts or fruit it’s the perfect pre or post-workout snack.
From standard cow’s milk yoghurt, sharp sheep’s milk, sumptuous creamy Greek yoghurt, low-fat yoghurt, set or sloppy, they're all good. The trend looks set to increase for unsweetened yoghurt and against those with added sugar.
Add some culture to your gym visits. Say yes to yoghurt!