Voskos Greek Yogurt has outlined the reasons why yogurt has been touted as a “superfood” – this versatile food can be eaten so many different ways and provides an enormous amount of health benefits. Go ahead – break out your favorite flavor and top it with fruit, granola, or even cereal! YUM!

Reasons Why Yogurt is a Top Health Food

1. Yogurt may contribute to steady weight loss: More and more studies are suggesting that a daily consumption of low-fat yogurt may help to burn fat and contribute to steady weight loss.

2. Greek Yogurt is an excellent source of protein: Voskos Greek Yogurt contains 24g of protein and is high in potassium, which some find helpful in elevating mood.

3. Greek yogurt provides a valuable source of calcium: An 8-ounce serving of most yogurts provides 450 mg. of calcium, one-half of a child’s RDA and 30 to 40 percent of the adult RDA for calcium. Because the live and active cultures in yogurt increase the absorption of calcium, an 8-ounce serving of yogurt gets more calcium into the body than the same volume of milk.

4. A Chaser for Antibiotics: It’s good to eat yogurt with live and active probiotic cultures while taking antibiotics. The yogurt will minimize the effects of the antibiotic on the friendly bacteria in the intestines. Antibiotics kill not only harmful bacteria; they also kill the healthy ones in the intestines. The live bacterial cultures in yogurt can help replenish the intestines with helpful bacteria before the harmful ones take over. A 1999 study reported in Pediatrics showed that lactobacillus organisms can reduce antibiotic-associated diarrhea.

5. Yogurt is easier for some people to digest than milk: If you’re lactose intolerant, you should try Voskos Greek Yogurt as it is made with active and live probiotic cultures, which convert lactose to lactic acid, making it more easily digestible.

6. Yogurt contributes to colon health: There’s a medical truism that states: “You’re only as healthy as your colon.” When eating yogurt, you’re also taking care for your colon. Yogurt with live and active probiotic cultures contains lactobacteria, intestine-friendly bacterial cultures such as acidophilus that foster a healthy colon, and may lower the risk of colon cancer.

7. Eating yogurt may improve the bioavailability of other nutrients: Eating cultured yogurts (those with live and active probiotic cultures) may increase the absorption of calcium and B-vitamins. The lactic acid in these yogurts aid in the digestion of the milk calcium, making it easier to absorb.

8. Yogurt is good for the young and the elderly: Yogurt is a valuable health food for all but can be particularly beneficial for young children and elderly persons. For children, it provides a balanced source of protein, fats, carbohydrates, and minerals in a texture that kids love. For senior citizens, who usually have more sensitive colons or whose intestines have less lactase, yogurt is also a valuable food. Elderly intestines may show declining levels of bifidus bacteria, which may be counter-balanced by eating yogurts with live and active probiotic cultures such as Voskos Greek Yogurt.

9. Yogurt can boost immunity: Researchers who studied 68 people who ate two cups of live-culture yogurt daily for three months found that these persons produced higher levels of immunity boosting interferon. The bacterial cultures in yogurt have also been shown to stimulate infection-fighting white cells in the bloodstream.

10. Yogurt may aid healing after intestinal infections: Some viral and allergic gastrointestinal disorders injure the lining of the intestines, especially the cells that produce lactase. This results in temporary lactose malabsorption problems. This is why children often cannot tolerate milk for a month or two after an intestinal infection. Yogurt, however, because it contains less lactose and more lactase, is usually well-tolerated by healing intestines and is a popular “healing food” for diarrhea. Many pediatricians recommend yogurt for children suffering from various forms of indigestion. Research shows that children recover faster from diarrhea when eating yogurt.

11. Yogurt can decrease yeast infections: Research has shown that eating eight ounces of yogurt that contains live and active cultures daily reduces the amount of yeast colonies in the vagina and decreases the incidence of vaginal yeast infections.

12. Yogurt may lower cholesterol: There are a few studies that have shown that yogurt may reduce the blood cholesterol. This may be because the live cultures in yogurt can assimilate the cholesterol or because yogurt binds bile acids, (which has also been shown to lower cholesterol), or both.

13. Yogurt is a “grow food.”: Two nutritional properties of yogurt may help children with intestinal absorption problems grow: the easier digestibility of the proteins and the fact that the lactic acid in yogurt increases the absorption of minerals. And even most picky-eaters will eat yogurt in dips and smoothies and as a topping.

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