News & Health

26
Jan

Yoghurt – Nature’s Wonder Food

Yoghurt is universally recognised as a healthy food, for various reasons. Like cheese, it contains all the goodness of milk, but yoghurt has additional benefits. It contains bacteria which are very beneficial to the health, being required in the gut for healthy digestion and elsewhere in the body also, to limit the growth of candida, and other fungal infections which might otherwise proliferate and make us ill. It is very easy to digest at any age.

Kefalos, the locally based producer of many wholesome, natural dairy foods, produces a range of plain and flavoured yoghurts, including low fat options, made with live AB cultures which have many health benefits. Flavours include natural Greek yoghurt, Vanilla Yoghurt, Strawberry and Berries of the Forest yoghurt. Kefalos low fat yoghurts only contain 1.5% percent milk fat.

Yoghurt is a dairy product produced by the bacterial fermentation of milk. Lactose, which is the natural sugar found in milk, is converted to lactic acid by the addition of live bacterial cultures, which act on the milk proteins to give yoghurt its texture and its characteristic tang.

The primary health benefits derived from yoghurt come from its potassium, calcium, vitamin B12, other B vitamins and protein content, together with the beneficial bacteria in the cultures added to turn the original milk into yoghurt in the first place. Kefalos uses the well known combination of live AB cultures, lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacterium. These friendly bacteria with numerous benefits to our health are also known as probiotics. Probiotics are bacteria which occur naturally in the human body, helping to keep other harmful bacteria at bay and so preventing harmful infections.

Probiotics boost our immune systems and help to treat and manage various digestive problems. They also help the body fight bacterial infections, including those that have been linked inked to ulcers and stomach cancer. Probiotics also produce antifungal enzymes. Poor eating habits, antibiotic use and drinking to much alcohol often upsets our digestive system. To maintain or restore a healthy balance, probiotics are essential, and the more regularly you ingest these, the better!

People who are lactose-intolerant often enjoy yoghurt without any ill effects, because live yoghurt cultures contain enzymes which help break down lactose in the intestines.

Yoghurt has many beneficial and curative properties, in particular for a variety of gastrointestinal conditions, and helps both prevent and treat antibiotic-associated diarrhoea. Eating yoghurt containing live cultures helps prevent and treat thrush infections. Regular intake of yoghurt helps prevent gastrointestinal infections and boosts the immune system, helping us resist illnesses, including cancer.

This wonder food can also help prevent osteoporosis, by improving the absorption of calcium in the intestine. The lactic acid in yoghurt provides the perfect environment for this absorption to occur.

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