Simply put, yogurt is good for you. The health benefits of yogurt are well documented. (The legendary longevity of the Georgians is attributed to the health benefits of frequent yogurt consumption!) Among other things, live and active cultures, high calcium and protein content are key to its benefits:
• Promotes Digestive System Health
• Aids in Immune System Health
• Contributes to Oral Health
• 15% of Daily Protein per serving
• 20% of daily Calcium per serving
• Contains less lactose (for lactose intolerant)
• Healthy Substitute for Sour Cream
• Healthy & Delicious “Any-Time” Treat
We are “little chemical factories” as a biologist once quipped. We have hundreds of chemical reactions going on at once in our digestive tracts. Yogurt plays a very positive supporting role in many of these digestive processes, and we have listed a few here:
By converting lactose (milk sugar) to simple sugars, lactic acid and the enzyme, lactase, the cultures in yogurt allow many lactose intolerant people to benefit from the nutritional value of dairy products.
The yogurt cultures are providing a cleaning service for your digestive tract as they continue through your system by converting and processing waste. They also reduce the conversion of bile into bile acids and deactivate nitrates and nitrites, which can become carcinogenic.
Yogurt cultures promote the production of hydrochloric acid, which can improve your digestion. As a rich source of calcium, yogurt contributes to colon health by discouraging excess cell growth in the colon and by binding bile acids to keep them from irritating the colon.
Numerous research groups and studies conclude that yogurt can help prevent some cancers by boosting our immune system (as discussed above). Cultures in yogurt also work to our benefit by cleaning wastes from the colon, by binding bile acids, by deactivating nitrates and nitrites before they become nitrosamines- – all of which can reduce the risks of colon cancer. Additionally, a study group finding, involving full-fat yogurt and other dairy indicated that colorectal cancer is reduced by daily consumption of these products.
Recent laboratory studies in Israel indicate that yogurt’s cultures prevent and heal arthritis. The lactobacillus in yogurt seems to provide the benefits, much the same way they work positively in other inflammatory diseases, such as inflammatory bowel disorders.
On-going studies of yogurt’s effect on cholesterol indicate that LDL (bad) cholesterol is decreased significantly by consumption of 3 ounces of yogurt per day. Researchers are not sure whether the live cultures assimilate the cholesterol, or whether the yogurt is binding the bile acids (which has also been shown to lower cholesterol), or both.