Health: 5 reasons to include yogurt in your daily diet

Feb 23, 2017, 20:50 IST | midday online correspondent

Studies and researchers have shown that consuming yogurt as part of your daily diet has many health benefits like lowering cancer risk, better immunity, good digestion

Yogurt health benefits

Lowers breast cancer risk: Intake of probiotics present in foods like yogurt or curd, may help increase the proportion of beneficial bacteria in the breast and thus aid in preventing the risk of breast cancer. The findings from a study conducted in Canada showed that Lactobacillus and Streptococcus, considered to be health-promoting bacteria, were more prevalent in healthy breasts than in cancerous ones. Both groups have anticarcinogenic properties.

Eliminates bad breath: Eating plain yogurt a day decreases bad breath. A recent study discovered that the presence of odor-causing compounds, such as hydrogen sulfide, can be significantly reduced if 6 ounces of yogurt is consumed on a regular basis.

Aides digestion: The 'good bacteria' found in yogurt can help boost the immune system and promote a healthy digestive tract. Recent researches suggest that curd consumption is also effective in curbing stomach ailments like diarrhea.

Key to a healthy heart: Some health experts say that regular yogurt consumption can enable people to have a healthy blood pressure, good cholesterol levels that can help improve the general quality of life.

Facilitates less weight gain: Studies reveal that including yogurt in your daily diet can lower your Body Mass Index (BMI), waist circumference, levels of triglycerides, fasting glucose and insulin.

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