Yogurt as divine, power food

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Friday, May 4, 2012


Mark Lester F. Pardico, UP Masscom intern

THE word probiotic is always associated with one product we know and love—yogurt.

Since its discovery, people have learned to love it and discovered ways to produce different tastes for it.

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And then there’s the mystery. Some may say it’s a divine drink from the heavens.

In ancient Indian history, it is said yogurt mixed with honey was referred to as “food of the gods” and was believed to bring about longevity to those who consumed it.

Modern science has also proven the health benefits it has for people who check on yogurt for their dessert.

Yogurt is popularly known for its being a probiotic product with its real live cultures that fight off bad bacteria and boost the immune system. The bacterial cultures in it help fight infections and stomach problems, such as constipation, diarrhea and lactose intolerance.

Yogurt is easier to digest than milk due to the live bacteria in yogurt which produces lactase, the enzyme that lactose-intolerant people lack. And eight ounces of yogurt has 450 mg. of calcium. Not bad as an alternative dairy product.

Lastly, including yogurt in the meal helps one feel fuller. The semi-solid content of yogurt reported lowered hunger ratings in one study conducted in the University of Washington Seattle, a reason why dieticians should start having this for dessert rather than avoiding it.

Selecting a healthier summer cooler can be achieved by having yogurt.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 05, 2012.

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