Six Benefits of Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt, called “yiaourti” in Greece, is so-called not because it is made in Greece, but because it is made the Greek way. The Greek way of yogurt making is removing some of the whey (liquid) through straining. The result is more solids from the cow’s milk. As a result, the Greek yogurt is thicker in texture and tart in flavor. Because some of the whey is removed during straining, it takes about three times the amount of cow’s milk to make the same amount of Greek yogurt compared to regular yogurt.
Here are some reasons to consider adding Greek yogurt to your weight loss lifestyle:
1. High B-12 Content
One serving of Greek yogurt contains up to 21% of the recommended daily value of B-12! Vitamin B-12 is necessary for red blood cell formation, brain functions and DNA synthesis. In addition, Greek yogurt is an excellent source of B-12 for vegetarians since most B-12 is found in animal meats.
2. High in Potassium
Greek yogurt is low In sodium and high in potassium. A diet high in potassium may help reduce blood pressure and water retention, protect against stroke, prevent osteoporosis and kidney stones. Furthermore, potassium helps to regulate fluid balance, muscle contractions and nerve signals. On the other hand, a diet high in sodium has the opposite effects: increases blood pressure, risk of stroke, heart failure, osteoporosis, stomach cancer and kidney disease. Thus, Greek yogurt being low in sodium and high in potassium is a great, healthy option.
3. Good Gut Healthy
Since Greek yogurt is a fermented food, it naturally contains probiotic cultures that can strengthen the digestive tract, and decrease stomach issues, such as diarrhea and pain.
Some Greek yogurt also boasts added probiotics like Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus casei that may help increase the good bacteria in your gut.
4. Great Amount of Protein
Greek yogurt is an excellent source of protein. Protein transfers oxygen across cell membranes and is used by your body to build bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, hair and blood. Getting the right amount of protein for yourself is important for your immune system, nerves, and fluid balance. Furthermore, it takes your body longer to digest protein resulting in feeling fuller longer. We can also take advantage of the thermic effect of protein and make it work for us in our Achieve Weight Loss lifestyle.
5. High Amount of Iodine
Greek yogurt is a great source of iodine. Iodine is important for proper thyroid function, and the thyroid is essential for healthy metabolism. Also, when we are iodine deficient a result can be rapid fluctuations in weight. If you are struggling with weight loss, increasing your iodine level increases your thyroid’s activity and promotes weight loss–assuming you are making your food work for you.
6. High in Calcium
Greek yogurt is high in calcium (almost 19% of your daily recommended value). Not only is calcium key for building strong muscles, bones and helping your organs function, it has also been linked to the regulation of cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone which is released under stressful conditions and excessive amounts of this hormone can cause the body to store fat, especially in the abdominal region.
Greek Yogurt and Weight Loss
Depending on its fat content, Greek yogurt falls into two categories on the Achieve Weight Loss lifestyle. Fat free Greek yogurts are considered a Lean Protein (LP) whilst Greek Yogurts of 2% fat content are considered Fatty Proteins (FP). Although there is more flexibility with Lean Proteins, Fatty Proteins are also acceptable in the Achieve Weight Loss lifestyle. However, there are a few dangers with Greek yogurts and weight loss. CLICK HERE to read our article on the Possible Dangers of Greek Yogurt when it comes to weight loss.
Have a Healthy Day,