Monday, 16 August 2010
Some of my pomegranates are ready now so I have also tried the juicy seeds sprinkled on my yoghurt....also delicious.
Yoghurt is extensively used in Turkey, accompanying most savoury dishes. I love yoghurt and never get fed up with it. I know it's good for me, but I thought I would explore the internet for more information on the health benefits of yoghurt.
The primary benefits of natural yoghurt are simply a result of the potassium, calcium, B12 and other B vitamins and protein that it contains.
The claimed benefits of yoghurt include:
reduced gastrointestinal infections
improved immune system (resistance to illness and infection)
greater resistance to cancer
reduced incidence of osteoporosis
treatment of, and reduction of the symptoms of, thrush
lactose intolerant people can often consume yoghurt, because the enzymes in the yoghurt help reduce the lactose levels in the intestines - thus gaining the benefits contained in all milk based products (above all calcium)
improved absorption of calcium in the intestine, because the lactic acid in the yoghurt provides the perfect environment for this absorption to occur
It's also believed that yogurt can lower cholesterol. There are a few studies that have shown that yogurt can reduce the blood cholesterol. This may be because the live cultures in yogurt can assimilate the cholesterol or because yogurt binds bile acids, (which has also been shown to lower cholesterol), or both
There was a report by the BBC in 2005 that also indicated that yoghurt could help beat bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease.
The first evidence of yoghurt being eaten dates form 2500 BC.
Certainly the first yoghurt would have been discovered accidentally, with milk being left too long in the sun or a warm place. How long it took before somebody announced that the rancid milk had become a tasty dessert is less clear...
It is likely that the climate in India, Asia and southern Europe was responsible for yoghurt being found there long before cooler climates. It has also been suggested that the nomadic Bulgars may have found yoghurt spontaneously produced in their goatskin bags, and brought it to Europe with them in the second century AD.
Yoghurt remained in India, Asia and southern/central Europe for the next couple of thousand years, little known to the rest of the world.
It was early in the 20th century that the suggestion arose that Bulgarian peasants owed their long and healthy lives to the substantial amounts of yoghurt they ate, which was the first step towards yoghurt conquering the world.
(Information obtained from Wikipedia and various other websites)