Say yes to yoghurt

Say yes to yoghurt

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!  

Comments

Sasha B.
27 February 2014

Sasha B.

I mean the yoghurts my husband has are NO better than a piece of cake!

Sasha B.
27 February 2014

Sasha B.

Elliot - those petit flious are so tiny though! My partner could eat a whole 500ml pot of yoghurt in one go! But they've got tons of sugar in. He thinks he's being healthy having yoghurt but the ones he has are better than a piece of cake

Elliot M.
26 February 2014

Elliot M.

I'm afraid I'm guilty of eating those kids petit filous ones - they're really good!

Trevor D.
25 February 2014

Trevor D.

not sure about the 'girl food' - but don't buy the tiny pots, expensive and massively wasteful. The ones aimed at kids are also solid sugar.

Mary C.
25 February 2014

Mary C.

That's a bit patronising, Bradley! Your loss... We're another yoghurt-loving household, including my burly rugby-playing husband who would resent the suggestion that he's eating "girl food"!!

Bradley C.
25 February 2014

Bradley C.

This definitely comes under the category of Girl Food for me. Not convinced...

Tanya M.
24 February 2014

Tanya M.

I had no idea it was so easy to make your own yoghurt. It's hardly expensive in the shops but it's good to have another option too.

Emma C.
24 February 2014

Emma C.

We're a yoghurt house too. Well, mainly me at breakfast with natural yoghurt with berries and sunflower seeds. The kids have it as a pudding with jam! it feels very healthy to give them natural yoghurt rather than the sugary pots. Thanks for the tip of the homemade yoghurt - what a great idea! I will have a look for a yoghurt maker!

Olga N.
23 February 2014

Olga N.

Every morning in our house starts with yoghurt - for all of us. It's versatility means it's a different breakfast every morning which is exactly what keeps me happy. The kids always just want the sweetest (natural) option.

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