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Superfood: Yogurt

February 27, 2009

Yogurt:
L. acidophilus, L. bulgaricus, L. casei, S. thermophilus, L. reuteri and B bifidus. (most yogurts contain at least one or more of these bacteria; you want to look for brands that specifically say “Live Active Cultures”).

My hubby describes the bacteria in yogurt as a clean up crew in his gut fighting off the bad species of bacteria (namely Staphylococcus aureus). Yogurt is really nothing more than curdled milk. Special bacteria are introduced into the milk and it is then incubated, which helps the bacteria breakdown the milk sugars (lactose) into lactic acid. Yogurt also contains Riboflavin, Vitamin B12, Potassium, Magnesium, and Zinc.  

Why is yogurt a superfood?

  • It is a “complete” protein (a controversial topic for another day)
  • It is prebiotic and probiotic

It can help reduce the incidence of the following:

  • allergies
  • hypertension
  • ulcers
  • IBD
  • Lactose Intolerance
  • Cancer
  • Cholesterol

Yogurt can be enjoyed on its own, with fresh fruit, blended in a smoothie, or instead of sour cream on savory items. It makes a great base for breakfast, lunch, a snack or even desert.  While yogurt comes in thousands of flavors, plain yogurt is the only sure way not to spike your blood sugar with added sugar.

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