Neighbourhood Health Desk: Yoghurt, a delicious snack has numerous benefits. It is an excellent source of protein, calcium, riboflavin, vitamin B12 and has more calcium and protein than milk. It improves the body’s natural defence and contains a good amount of phosphorus and 88% water. People with a risk of osteoporosis should eat at least one serving of yoghurt per day.
Yoghurt contains probiotics, the friendly bacteria that, when eaten, help fight illness or disease. The live and active cultures in the yoghurt help to boost the immune system, by encouraging the right kind of bacteria to multiply in the gut. These bacteria help to digest food, prevent stomach infections and provide relief from vaginal infections.
Quick serving ideas:
- Top your favourite salad with dressings made from yoghurt.
- Replace ice cream and milkshake with frozen yoghurt and mixed fruit yoghurt smoothie.
- Blend plain yoghurt, black salt, cumin powder and cold water to make coolant drink.