All the surprising uses of yogurt
Yogurt is a dairy product produced by adding “good bacteria” to milk. Thanks to those bacteria with strange names such as lactobacillus and bifidobacterium, yogurt is a probiotic and healthier product than other dairy products. During fermentation, the bacterial cultures turn the lactose (milk sugar) into lactic acid.It has a rich nutritional profile and an abundance of health benefits, such as: maintaining intestinal health, aiding the digestive system, rejuvenating the immune system, and helping to alleviate the symptoms of lactose intolerance. In addition, the yogurt contains a part of almost every nutrient that the body needs. A high amount of calcium, a mineral necessary for healthy teeth and bones. Just one cup provides 49% of calcium needs.

Rich in vitamins and minerals

Yogurt is rich in B vitamins, especially vitamin B B12 and riboflavin – both may protect against heart disease. One cup of yogurt will provide you with 28% of the recommended daily amount of phosphorus, 10% of the recommended daily amount of magnesium and 12% of the recommended daily amount of potassium. These minerals are essential for several biological processes, such as blood pressure regulation, metabolism and bone health.

But what many of us probably don’t know, is that beyond its role as a healthy food, yogurt boasts incredible versatility that extends far beyond its traditional uses. On the occasion of Shavuot, here are some surprising and innovative ways to integrate it into everyday life.

Helps with weight loss

In a study published in 2016 that examined whether yogurt consumption is associated with better weight management, yogurt consumption was found to be associated with lower body weight, lower body mass index (BMI), smaller waist circumference, and lower body fat. The study also highlighted that yogurt is a nutrient-dense food, readily available and easily incorporated into most diets.

Improves the function of the digestive system

In 2022, a study titled “Yogurt consumption is associated with changes in the composition of the human gut microbiome and metabolome” was published, and its aim was to investigate the relationship between yogurt consumption and the composition of the gut microbiota, as well as its health benefits. It was found that the yogurt consumers in the study have a healthier eating pattern and improved metabolic health. In simpler words: when people eat yogurt, it affects the types of bacteria in their intestines, and these contribute and benefit the digestive system.

Contributes to blood pressure balance

A study published in 2021 titled “Higher yogurt consumption is associated with lower blood pressure in people with hypertension” found that higher yogurt consumption was associated with lower blood pressure in people with hypertension.

Helps relieve Vaginal and urinary tract infections: Studies have highlighted the role of beneficial bacteria, especially Lactobacillus acidophilus found in yogurt, in restoring the natural balance of the vaginal microbiota and inhibiting the overgrowth of Candida, the fungus responsible for yeast infections. A 2013 study found that consuming probiotic yogurt effectively combats vaginal yeast infection in women.

The surprising benefits of yogurt

Beyond the known benefits, it was found that yogurt has several other potential uses:

Soothing and cooling: Yogurt has a soothing and cooling effect on the skin, which can relieve feelings of burning, for example.

Provides moisture: Yogurt is known for its moisturizing properties, as it contains lactic acid, proteins and fats. All of these improve the texture of the skin, contribute to healing and prevent dryness and itching in burned areas.

Contains anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects: Yogurt as mentioned contains beneficial (good) bacteria, such as Lactobacillus, which are known to have anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. These properties help in reducing inflammation, preventing infection in burned skin and faster healing.

Excellent as a face mask: The yogurt can be used as a refreshing face mask. A study published in 2011 investigated the clinical effectiveness of face masks containing yogurt. The researchers formulated a yogurt package using natural ingredients and evaluated its biological activity and effects on the skin. In the study it was found that the masks improved the moisture, clarity and elasticity of the skin.

Helps to heal wounds: Research which was published in 2013 and studied the effect of the microbiome (the composition of the bacteria residing in the digestive system) of the intestine on wound healing, discovered that lactic acid bacteria (found as mentioned in yogurt) accelerates the wound healing process.

The writer is Einav Burstein, consultant and guide for natural nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. to Instagram of Einav

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