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10 Surprising Health Benefits of Yogurt

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4. A cup of yogurt a day can help you recover faster after a workout.

With the right ratio of protein to carbohydrates, yogurt, particularly high-protein Greek yogurt, makes an excellent post-sweat-session snack. "The perfect time to grab a container is within 60 minutes of exercise," says Keri Gans, RD, a nutritionist in New York City. The protein provides the amino acids your muscles need to repair themselves, Gans explains, and the carbohydrates replace your muscles' energy stores, which are depleted after a hard workout. It's a bonus if you drink a bottle of water along with it: The protein in yogurt may also help increase the amount of water absorbed by the intestines, improving hydration.

5. Not all yogurt is equal when it comes to calcium and vitamin D.

Since it naturally contains calcium, you'd think the amount would be the same no matter which yogurt you pick. Wrong. "The levels can vary widely from brand to brand, so you really need to check the label," Newgent says. How much is in a container depends on processing. For instance, fruit yogurt tends to have less calcium than plain because the sugar and fruit take up precious space in the container. "Vitamin D isn't naturally in yogurt, but because it helps boost calcium absorption, most companies add it," Newgent explains. Reach for brands like Stonyfield Farms Fat Free Smooth and Creamy and Yoplait Light Thick & Creamy, which contain at least 20 percent of your daily value for both nutrients.

6. Yogurt may prevent high blood pressure.

Every day 70 percent of us consume more than twice the recommended amount of salt; over time that can lead to hypertension and kidney and heart disease. The potassium in yogurt, almost 600 milligrams per eight ounces, may help flush some of the excess sodium out of your body. In fact, adults in a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition who ate the most low-fat dairy -- two or more servings daily -- were 54 percent less likely to develop high blood pressure than those who ate the least.

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drlubega wrote:

That is very true of Yogurt and you can also try Paleo diet.Read more at

8/7/2014 05:50:38 PM Report Abuse
mohammedkhairy wrote:

Some researches showed that yogurt helps people to lose weight because suppress appetite and makes you consume less calories Zabadi Yogurt diet

7/2/2014 06:07:26 PM Report Abuse
cmcpoyle1 wrote:

I have also heard about the benefits of eating yogurt. It can reduce gum disease because of the lactic acid. This is why I try to have yogurt at home at all times.

4/11/2014 04:36:48 PM Report Abuse
stanview7 wrote:

Talking about eating healthy, cooking healthy is also very important. When cooked with metal or ceramic ware there is always risk of metal or chemicals getting into our food. I found a way to go round it and cook healthy with clay pots. I got mine from MEC pure clay cookware and tried to prepare yogurt at home, it tasted better and I could immediately see the difference

1/31/2014 10:13:48 AM Report Abuse
chioma12 wrote:

i totally agree usually have at least two cans 5.3 oz of Greek yogurt everyday. maybe that is why i don't struggle with the bulge.

3/15/2013 08:15:57 AM Report Abuse

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