6 Benefits of Greek Yogurt
First let me tell you Greek yogurt is not a Greek food. But it is mostly being eaten in Greek as ‘straggisto’. Its origin is somewhere in Turkey.
It is a part of Mediterranean cuisine and also being used in different sauces like tzatziki sauce. Unlike plain yogurt, it is thick in consistency because it is strained to remove the whey liquid. While straining some of its calcium may loss, so it is low in calcium but high in protein. It possess tangy flavor.
Health Benefits of Greek Yogurt:
There are 6 amazing health benefits of Greek yogurt as follows:
- Improve brain health:
Greek yogurt contains vitamin B12 and probiotic which are good at maintain brain function. A 2016 research found that workers who ate 100g of probiotic yogurt daily experienced less stress, depression & anxiety than those who didn’t. This effect is likely due to the relationship between the gut and brain and the ability of the gut to make neurotransmitters such as serotonin & dopamine. The amount of lactobacillus (probiotic yogurt) in gut influence the blood levels of kynurenine, a metabolite known to cause depression. So, it is prove from these researches that brain has a great role in maintaining gut health. Vegetarian are often deficient in vitamin B12(found in meat) and they don’t consume meat. So, they can fulful their needs from greek yogurt.
- Build muscle mass:
Greek yogurt is rich in amino acids which build up proteins & proteins are the building blocks for re-generating muscle tissue & repairing fiber damage. So, it is a best post-workout snack.
Research shows that high-protein diet which include Greek yogurt, increases muscle mass in people, along with exercise. The protein also boost muscle growth.
- Boost metabolism and aids in weight loss:
Greek yogurt contains iodine, important for thyroid function. It function to maintain body’s metabolism. “Those people which are iodine deficient, might have serious health problems like rapid fluctuations in weight”. For this reason, people with weight issues, must increase their iodine intake in diet, in order to promote weight loss.
- Lower blood pressure:
A 2013 meta-analysis of 14 studies involving more than 700 participants found that fermented milk with probiotic, assist in reducing blood pressure. Another 2015 analysis, involving 156 over-weight participants, found that probiotic yogurt didn’t affect blood pressure and other CVD risks.
- Good for gut health:
One research report by Harvard that probiotics in yogurt can ease constipation.The soothing properties of yogurt also reduce acidity in stomach or reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.
- Treat Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome(POS):
Research suggests that there is a positive link between PCOS and optimal gut microbiota, something yogurt offers abundantly.
Nutrition facts of Greek Yogurt:
Nutrient content in 226g(8 oz) of Greek yogurt: