Why is Greek Yogurt Good for You?

by NateB11

Greek yogurt is thick, tasty and nutritious. Find out its health benefits here!

Greek yogurt is denser and creamier, seems to pack more flavor per serving than regular yogurt. One reason for this is that, in the process of making Greek yogurt, the liquid whey is strained out. But not only does this process give it its unique texture, it also concentrates its nutrients and eliminates much of the carbohydrates and sugars found in dairy products which health conscious people generally try to avoid. After all, sugar makes you pack on the pounds.

Here we will explore the various reasons why Greek yogurt is good for you.

Gives the Brain and Body Energy

Greek yogurt contains a lot of vitamins B6 and B12. B vitamins are known for their role in helping the body with energy, but B12 in particular also helps the brain function properly.

It should be noted, too, that vegetarians are often lacking in B12, because it is found in meats, and Greek yogurt is a good source of B12 for those who have cut meat out of their diets.

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Greek yogurt is a tasty treat
Greek yogurt is a tasty treat
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Building Muscle and Losing Weight

Greek yogurt is packed full of protein. It has twice the amount of protein as regular yogurt and, as already stated, has less sugar; so less calories. Win-win.

Of course, since it has more protein, it has more amino acids and amino acids help build and repair muscle tissue; they help your workouts become more productive for you. You also feel fuller when you eat protein-rich foods, so you'll eat less.

In addition, Greek yogurt has a lot of Iodine, which helps regulate your thyroid, which in turn helps regulate your metabolism, which will keep your weight from fluctuating.

The high concentration of Calcium in Greek yogurt--more than milk, at 30%--will help regulate Cortisol, a substance that causes fat storage. So, if you eat Greek yogurt, you won't be packing on the fat.

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Heart and Blood Pressure

Greek yogurt has no fat or cholesterol. It is high in nutrients, packed full of protein, has fewer calories and less sugar and carbohydrates, so keeps off the pounds and the fat. Considering this, it is good for your heart and helps regulate blood pressure.

Good for your Digestive System

Greek yogurt has high amounts of probiotics. Probiotics are the good bacteria in your intestines that balance out things and keep the bad bacteria at bay. It's good to know too that it is does not have as much lactose as regular yogurt and certainly not as much as milk, so if you are lactose intolerant it is a good substitute for dairy products from which we generally get our calcium. Not only that, but the probiotics will help you digest the lactose.

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Healthy Bones

Greek yogurt has more calcium than milk. It is 20% calcium. So, it keeps your bones strong and healthy.

Yogurt tastes good with various toppings
Yogurt tastes good with various toppings
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You can put fruit, granola, honey and an assortment of toppings on Greek yogurt. It tastes a bit like sour cream so you can use it to top your baked potato or chili too. It can be used to make salad dressing and dips also.

It is a tasty versatile food!

Anti-Aging Factor

Basically, because it has more protein, it helps to repair aging skin and fight off illnesses as you get older when you need it most.

So, there you have it. Greek yogurt gives you energy, strengthens the brain, keeps your heart healthy, keeps you regular, keeps your bones strong, keeps your skin healthy and fights off illnesses, and tastes good with a variety of other foods.

Updated: 01/02/2016, NateB11
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NateB11 on 01/05/2016

That's what is good about it, it's versatile and healthy.

Veronica on 01/05/2016

I eat it most days and it helps me keep my weight down. I use it in soups at the end of cooking, stir a spoonful in like cream . I use it on fruit and to make dips and things like Tzatziki and smoked mackerel pate.

It reduces the calorie content of food significantly.

NateB11 on 01/04/2016

Cool. Well, they're definitely good for you!

blackspanielgallery on 01/04/2016

I eat one just about every day.

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