Did you know that over a third of yoghurt in your typical grocery story is natural yoghurt? Unsweetened and unflavoured. Why? Plain natural yogurt, without the added sugar, is a nutrient-packed snack that has many health benefits.
This dairy product, which is different from regular, sweeter yogurt, has quadrupled in production since 2008.
Yogurt has a much higher amount of protein than milk. Protein is also one of the three nutrients that provide energy. It also transfers substances, such as oxygen, across cell membranes. Getting the right amount of protein for yourself is important for your immune system, nerves, and fluid balance.
Probiotics are healthy bacteria that can help boost your immune system and decrease stomach issues, such as diarrhoea and pain, and yoghurt is packed with them.
Another benefit of natural yogurt is that it’s high in calcium. Calcium is key to building strong muscles and helping your vital organs function. Your body also doesn’t produce calcium on its own.
Your body needs vitamin B12 for red blood cells to form, brain functions, and DNA synthesis. People who are vegetarian usually lack vitamin B12 because the vitamin is naturally found in animal products, such as fish, meat, and eggs. Yogurt is an excellent, meat-free way to add more to your diet.
One serving of natural yogurt can have up to 6.8 percent of your daily potassium intake value. Potassium helps lower blood pressure and balance out the sodium levels in your body.
Did you also know that yogurt can be a healthy and satisfying treat after a tough workout. Not only will it tide you over until your next meal, but it contains protein that can repair damage done by exercise. Add fresh fruit, nuts and Chef Christine’s granola to our housemade yoghurt available at the Market, for the perfect post-workout snack.
For an excellent source of iodine, choose yoghurt. Your body doesn’t naturally make iodine, so it’s important to get enough through the foods you eat. Iodine is important for proper thyroid function, and the thyroid is essential for healthy metabolism.
Don’t forget that we also include our own housemade yoghurt in our addictive Juiced @ The Wicket smoothies. Pop by the Wicket Bar to see our extensive Juiced @ menu.