Yogurt is one of the most favorite foods that people love, but this does not mean all types are healthy, especially for the heart.
Choosing the right yogurt will not only be good for your heart but it may be a good fighter of diseases.
Most people only go for the type of yogurt depending on the taste and allergies ,but there is more to choosing a yogurt type than that. The yogurt type must be good for the heart and be able to act as an organ health enhancer.
In this article I will be walking you through choosing the right heart healthy yogurt for you and your body.
According to recent research Yogurt has been said to be very good for the heart.
This is a good thing because over the years doctor’s have been recommending it for their patients.
I remember when my younger brother had his baby teeth removed when he was 5 years old the doctor gave him a yogurt after the operation.
It only clicked now when I got older that they used yogurt for its great benefits because it can be used as any meal to fill the stomach.
Think of it
A yogurt can be consumed as breakfast, Lunch (salads), healthy snacks or dinner (dessert treat). This makes it very versatile for all of us.
For the above reasons it is easier to add yogurt to obtaining heart health whether you are inflicted with some sort of heart disease or you just want to reach optimal general health in your life or in your sports.
Benefits of yogurt
This super food has great nutrients to back up it’s health components. The major nutrients yogurt has is the vitamin D and calcium.
Let us see the health benefits derived from consuming your favorite yogurt:
Yogurt being made from milk has a lot of calcium which help in developing bones for children and strengthening bones for old people.
Healthy cholesterol levels and low blood pressure
Cholesterol is the number contributor for heart disease and by lowering it you are not only helping your heart get stronger but you are giving yourself a longer lifespan.
The study that was done concluded that people who ate more yogurt were linked to having low blood pressure and a lower BMI than people who didn’t consume yogurt.
More studies show that yogurt is a powerful super food when it comes to keeping your intestines healthy. This is because some yogurts have probiotics which is a living bacteria in yogurt and it works to clean the intestines.
Yogurt, specifically low-fat yogurt, is good for people who are looking to loose weight. This is obviously due to the low fat contained in the yogurt.
Which are the types of yogurts that are good for the heart
So at this point you may be asking this: “so which types of yogurt should I go for?
Since we are talking about healthy healthy yogurt let’s get right into it immediately
You see when it comes to yogurt the Greek, non-dairy and original yogurt are your best bets. Let’s go into each of these so you can see why.
The Greek yogurt is made from when the normal yogurt is further processed or heated. This produces a yogurt with great amount of protein called the Greek yogurt.
The Greek yogurt is a yogurt normally used in Mediterranean style cooking. If you have been reading my posts you will know how heart healthy a Mediterranean diet is. If you haven’t you can check it here.
A non-dairy product is a yogurt with no milk in it. This is basically for people who are vegans or who are lactose intolerance like me.
This a great alternative for people who are looking to keep their heart arteries unclogged or who want to keep their heart arteries clean.
This is because this yogurt is doesn’t have the milk I mentioned which normally has bad cholesterol, the component which causes the clogging of the arteries. I shared this in my story. You can check it out here if you haven’t seen it.
I suggested you look for a calcium-fortified yogurt for this option if you are looking to consume yogurt to get you calcium. Other than that you should be fine.
The original is also another healthy option. It is filled with a lot of calcium and protein to help you with you nutrients addition.
According to Healthline original yogurt can protect you against heart disease.
Ways to add yogurt into your diet
I am assuming you are reading this post because you are looking to get healthier and I believe you want to see how yogurt can keep you more healthy right?
Putting yogurt in your diet daily can have a long term heart health effect for you. There are many ways you can add yogurt in your daily consumption.
I have listed ways you can accomplish this below:
Work or daytime snack
Yogurt with fruits like strawberry, berries and apples:
This can be very good for adding natural sugar to original yogurt can be a tasty and healthy option. You can play around with different fruits of your choice to find your favorite combination.
Check out my heart healthy snacks for more options.
My favorite combination is yogurt with strawberry.
Yogurt and nuts
This is the best combination for obtaining great amount of protein as light breakfast,snack or dessert.
Greek yogurt as a dip
The great thing about Greek yogurt is that it can be used as dip due its thick nature, this opens more options for you to consume the yogurt. For example, you can use it as a dip for your crackers e.t.c.
At the end of the day it all boils down to which of the three yogurts you are willing to choose to attain good heart health.
All the above yogurts match the three heart health diets I talked about on my previous article which means they are the best options for our heart.
More than anything yogurt is super easy to be put in any of your meals as long as you are creative.
I hope you enjoyed my article of knowing the heart health yogurt. I would love to hear your opinions of this topic on the comment box below.