7 Amazing Uses and Benefits of Yogurt You Never Knew!

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The ultimate mantra to a fit body is healthy living and healthy eating. Though we try and consume lots of health foods, we tend to overlook the immense health benefits of milk and milk products, such as yogurt, buttermilk, and cottage cheese.

What is Yogurt?

Yogurt is a known dairy product formed by the fermentation of milk bacteria. Common names of yogurt are- Doi (Assamese, Bengali), Dahi (Hindi), Perugu (Telegu) and Mosaru (Kannada).

Scientific process of preparing Yogurt:

Below the procedure of manufacturing yogurt is given-

  • Milk is heated to 85°C to denature the milk proteins and prevent curd formation.
  • After heating, the milk is left to rest and thereby cool down to around 45°C.
  • The bacterial culture containing Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. Bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophiles are mixed in.
  • After the addition of ‘yogurt culture,’ the temperature of 45°C is maintained for four to twelve hours to allow the process of fermentation.

Let’s Talk Nutrition!

Yogurt lovers get a dose of animal protein from a bowl of their favourite dairy product. Besides this, yogurt is rich in the following nutrients as listed below-

  • 9% protein
  • 5% fat
  • 4% carbohydrate
  • 81% water
  • Micronutrients such as vitamin B12, riboflavin, phosphorus, selenium, calcium, potassium, and magnesium.

Styling Yogurt: To provide some variety to the usual sour yogurt and add a new sensation to the taste buds experiments are done. Yogurt is often sweetened and flavoured to give a twist to the everyday food. The different allies of yogurt are

  • Lassi and Moru- Common beverages in India. However, Mango and Coconut Lassi are Western favourites.
  • Flavoured Yogurt-A popular item with flavours like cherry, raspberry, blackberry, strawberry, blueberry, and peach.
  • MishtiDahi- Popular East Indian dessert.
  • ShrikhandA popular dessert in India, made from strained yogurt, cardamom, saffron, nutmeg, and sugar
  1. Yogurt’s Gut-friendly Nature: A regular consumption of yogurt keeps gastrointestinal disorders such as lactose intolerance, constipation, diarrhoea, inflammatory bowel disease, H. pylori infection and colon cancer at bay.
  2. Good news for Women: Candida or Vaginal infection are common in women suffering from diabetes. Yogurt consumption decreased chronic candida vaginitis starkly in these women.
  3. The Happy Union of Bones and Yogurt: Say no to joint pains. Say no to expensive massage parlours. Say no to the heavy painkillers.

Because…

Yogurt is here to save you from all your tearful pains. The presence of calcium and vitamin D prevents Osteoporosis by

  • Adding bone mass
  • Preventing bone loss in elderly people
  • Reducing risk of fracture in later life
  • Showing skeletal benefits
  1. Have Yogurt to Change from Plump to Petite: Stop fretting for your plump figure. A bowl of yogurt can gift you, your petite dream.
  2. Happy skin Calling: Besides keeping your gut happy, yogurt helps to maintain a flawless and glowing skin. This is how-                                                                                   Lactic acid present in yogurt helps to dissolve dead skin cells. A gentle exfoliation can help you get rid of breakouts and delay the signs of ageing such as fine lines and wrinkles Yogurt face mask performs multifaceted roles. It acts as a moisturiser, fights acne, soothes sunburns and prevents discoloration.
  3. Yogurt and Healthy Hair: Hair is one of the yardsticks to measure natural beauty. It is an essential embellishment for a woman. Who doesn’t yearn for thick and shining hair? Each and every single one of us. But the harsh chemicals in the shampoos do so much of damage to our hair that we often forget that they are meant for cleansing our hair.

7. Yogurt’s Multitasking Abilities: Yogurt acts quite as a multi-tasker, having a wide variety of roles in maintaining good health. Some of them are-

    • Yogurt, made from whole milk contains abundant vitamin A. This helps in the proper functioning of eyes.
    • Two to three servings of yogurt a day can effectively reduce the risks of high blood pressure.
    • The ‘good’ bacteria, known as Probiotics present in yogurt sends signals to the immune-boosting cells thereby maintaining a good immune system.   A balanced diet containing an optimum amount of protein, carbohydrates, fats and essential micronutrients is inevitable for good health.

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