We get most of our dietary calcium – around 75 percent – from milk and dairy products. One such dairy product is yoghurt, which has a host of other health benefits over and above its high calcium content. To meet daily recommended calcium requirements for optimal health, three to four servings of dairy foods are needed daily. One cup of yoghurt equals one serving.
Ounce for ounce, plain yoghurt contains the most beneficial dietary nutrients for the least calories, with around a very modest 100 calories per cup! Yoghurt is a good source of protein and calcium and also contains vitamins A, B6 and B12, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and zinc. Yoghurt also contains conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), an essential polyunsaturated fat known to enhance immunity and help prevent cancer.
The live active cultures in yoghurt produce the enzyme lactase to help digest some of the lactose in yoghurt. People who have lactose intolerance can usually eat yoghurt without suffering from the abdominal cramps, flatulence, bloating or diarrhoea to which their condition often leads when milk is taken.
Scientific studies show that calcium, so abundant in yoghurt, helps to protect us against osteoporosis (the loss of bone density that can happen with the passage of time), colon cancer, obesity, diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.
Dairy is getting a lot of good press these days, as more and more research results come in indicating its many benefits to health, especially in the prevention of degenerative diseases, and as part of a natural, wholesome, low carbohydrate diet. In particular, it has been found in recent years and in numerous studies that those who are trying to lose weight, lose more weight and los it more quickly if their diet includes three servings of dairy foods a day, than if it does not.
The Cheeseman distributes a wide range of healthy dairy products nation wide in Zimbabwe and aims to educate the public on the most up to date thinking about diet and nutrition. Amongst these products is the delicious, healthy range of Kefalos yoghurts, both natural and flavoured with fruit or vanilla. These include thick, creamy Greek Yoghurt, Strawberry and Berries of the Forest Yoghurt, Vanilla Yoghurt and Low Fat Yoghurt, which contains only 1.5% fat. Kefalos uses live probiotic AB cultures to produce these products, known for their many health benefits.