Scientific studies across Turkey demonstrate that only 35 out of 100 Turkish people consume yogurt regularly. If you are one those who do not eat yogurt, I recommend you to open some space for it in your stomach. I want to share a few scientific information about yogurt to encourage you to include it in your diet.
1 Yogurt acts as an antidote while you are using antibiotics: You must keep in mind that whenever you are using antibiotics; yogurt becomes one of the most important foods in your diet. Although antibiotics destroy disease-causing bacteria while you are sick, they also cause benign bacteria to die. If you want to avoid the side effects of antibiotics you should not forget to consume yogurt.
2 It triggers vitamin B production: Our body can barely produce vitamins on its own. Only vitamins B and K are produced through a biological reaction in our bowels. People who regularly eat yogurt help their body to produce vitamin B in the bowels. Vitamin B regulates the energy balance of the body while protecting you from neural and autoimmune diseases. In order to trigger this magical benefit of yogurt, you must consume it with its water; so I recommend you to buy normal yogurt instead of strained yogurt.
3 It balances your blood sugar: Studies show that the blood sugar levels of people who consume unfermented and non-skimmed yogurt rally. Moreover, as yogurt is a food that is absorbed slowly in the bowels, your blood sugar is affected by it much later. That is why I strongly recommend you eat unfermented and non-skimmed yogurt along with your meal every day.
4 It is a natural shield against diseases: With the lactic acid it includes, yogurt stands out among other foods. Lactic acid turns inner bowel environment into acid and prevents the production of cancerous cells by lowering the pH of the environment while facilitating the production of immune system booster metabolites. Basically, yogurt is the perfect immune system booster. The lactic acid bacteria in yogurt have important effects in preventing cancer, infections, gastrointestinal diseases and asthma. Regular consumption of daily and fresh yogurt increases the positive affects of yogurt.
5 It eases the digestive system: Lactobacillus bulgaricus is a bacterium which accelerates bowel movement and cannot be found in any food other than yogurt. The lactic acid in the yogurt kills the malicious bacteria in the bowel, preventing diarrhea and helps to create a healthy inner bowel environment. In other words, we can say that this fermented dairy product is a bowel cleanser. Yogurt increases calcium absorption after being consumed and stimulates the saturation hormone in the bowels as it features high quality animal fat and protein.
MAGICAL FACTS ABOUT YOGURT
1 Since yogurt is a rich source of conjugated linoleic acid, it is a protective food against colon and breast cancers. Furthermore, conjugated linoleic acid which is one of the most important compounds for boosting the immune system is more useful when it is taken from yogurt instead of pills.
2 By consuming yogurt, you can avoid helicobacter pylori infection, which is recently the main reason for 60 percent of peptic ulcer and stomach cancer cases in the world. Lactic acid in yogurt prevents this bacterium from multiplying and eliminates it in the stomach.
3 Allergic reactions are triggered by IgE (Immunoglobulin E) and it reveals itself on the skin. Yogurt prevents atopic diseases such as dermatitis, asthma and food allergies. As it balances the intestinal flora, yogurt minimalizes the allergic reactions.
4 Yogurt is also important for women's health. The lactobacillus in yogurt prevents the production of candida (a type of fungus) and vaginitis in the vagina. Studies reveal that women who regularly consume yogurt have better vaginal health.
Homemade Yogurt is Healthier
Of course, yogurts produced by industrial and reliable brands are healthy; however, others are more dangerous than you think. The biggest danger is that we do not know what is used in those yogurts. Due to the legal loopholes, fructose and glucose syrup as well as unknown and preservative substances are used by some unreliable companies. Real yogurt should be produced without any preservative substances and its unique features should be preserved with its natural fermentation.