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Plain Greek Yogurt Health Benefits

Updated on April 29, 2020
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Cheryl was part of a church health and nutrition team. She enjoys writing articles to help seniors live healthier lives.

Defining Greek Yogurt

Plain Greek yogurt goes through a straining process to remove the whey. This is what makes it different from other yogurts. Whey is a natural sugar found in milk and is a liquid that contains lactose. Yogurt is made by fermenting milk with live cultures of healthy, beneficial bacteria. Strained Greek yogurt has less sugar than regular yogurt and when the whey is removed it becomes thicker, creamer and has a tart taste. Low fat or no-fat Greek Yogurt may not offer the same health benefits as traditional Greek yogurt. Plain yogurt is healthier than yogurt that has added fruit or flavors because nutrients may be lost in the processing of altering it. Plain Greek yogurt has about 150 calories per serving which is 3/4 of a cup. Itg contains the following nutrients: calcium, protein, vitamin B-12, iodine, and probiotics. You can purchase this product whole or low fat which has fewer calories.

Greek Yogurt is healthy
Greek Yogurt is healthy

Reduce risk of Type 2 diabetes and decrease blood pressure

Because Greek Yogurt is a probiotic it could decrease blood pressure based on a. 2013 meta-analysis. This includes14 studies, and involves more than 700 participants. The results indicated that fermented milk with probiotics assists in lowering blood pressure levels. A different study that was conducted in 2015 concluded something different. This research included 156 participants who were overweight and determined that eating probiotic yogurt did not have an effect in blood pressure or other cardiovascular health risks. Perhaps the yogurt only benefits those who are already living healthy lifestyles. At any rate, this is a low-fat low-calorie food and cannot hurt to eat it. Researchers concluded that eating more yogurt, rather than other dairy products was shown to reduce the risk of type two diabetes based on a study that was done in 2014.

Greek Yogurt is healthy
Greek Yogurt is healthy

Reduces hunger, boosts metabolism and improves bone health

Greek Yogurt looks like cottage cheese and has a similar taste. You might have to resign yourself to eating it, not because it tastes good, but because of the benefits which are good for your body. Eating Greek yogurt can possibly improve bone health because it is rich in protein and calcium. Protein is necessary for bone health and can help you feel fuller longer throughout the day. Calcium can decrease the risk of osteoporosis. Studies indicate that eating high protein foods may help boost your metabolism and assist you to burn more calories during the day. Altogether with a healthy diet and exercise, this can aid in weight loss. Always keep in mind that there is no one wonder food and you must make other healthy choices for any one food to do what it was created to do.

Greek Yogurt is good for mind and body
Greek Yogurt is good for mind and body

Improves your gut health, muscles and your mind

Greek yogurt contains probiotics which are good bacteria that can restore a healthy balance to the bacteria within the gut. Before you jump for joy, consider a 2018 study that suggests that not everyone responds to the benefits of probiotics the same.Some people find no benefit while others are more receptive to probiotics in their system. Greek yogurt can also be beneficial for your mind. A 2016 study indicates that workers who ate 100 grams of probiotic yogurt daily or who took probiotic capsule each day found they were less stressed and that anxiety and depression also decreased. This is more than likely due to the correlation between the brain and the gut. Feel-good neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin are created in the gut.

Greek yogurt and other protein-rich foods can help build muscle mass. Research indicates that a high-protein diet might be responsible for an increase in muscle mass in people who do strength training.

Yogurt with berries
Yogurt with berries

Enjoy Greek Yogurt your way

  • Greek Yogurt is considered as a KETO product and can be eaten right out of the container as is. You can also use it to top pancakes, waffles, blueberries, or strawberries. Because of the tart flavor, you can use it in place of sour cream as a dip for chips or with chili. Greek Yogurt can also be used in place of butter or in a soup to replace cream. Be creative and come up with your own way to enjoy this healthy dairy product.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Cheryl E Preston


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    • Cheryl E Preston profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl E Preston 

      12 months ago from Roanoke

      Thank you

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      12 months ago from NIGERIA

      This is a wonderful diet from this explanation, you make me like it. Good work.


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