FOOD, NUTRITION 13th June 2016

5 Reasons to eat Greek Yoghurt

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In case you didn’t already know, greek yogurt has been a thing for quite some time now. As a quick recap, it is made by extracting the whey (lactose/sugar component of the yogurt) from the actual yogurt. By separating the two via a straining process, greek yogurt is born. In 2007 it accounted for just 1% of the U.S. yogurt market, leaping to 50% by November 2015. With a growth rate set to value the industry at a whopping $4 billion by 2019, why do you need this cute little pot in your life? Actually, a few reasons:

Protein

Greek yogurt is an all-star when it comes to protein. It packs as much as double the protein of regular yogurt while staying relatively low-cal. In a typical 5.3oz tub you can expect anywhere from 12 to 15 grams of protein.

Versatile

Did you know that greek yoghurt can be used as a substitute for eggs and butter in baking? If you want to avoid oil, butter and heavy cream greek yoghurt is your friend. I use it for my banana bread and to this day I’ve never had enough of that bread to go back for a second slice! Likewise, transform your smoothies with a few spoonfuls of greek yogurt for a thicker, milkshake like consistency. Yesterday I made this: 2 tbsp greek yogurt + coconut milk + 1 frozen banana + blueberries: aaaahmayzing! Give it a try in your blender and send me your snaps!

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Digestive Health

Greek yogurt is packed with probiotics. These are microorganisms such as bacteria and yeast that live in your intestines and which keep you healthy.  Probiotics are great for the digestive system and especially helpful to people who suffer from conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome.

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Calcium for fat loss

You know calcium is good for the bones, but did you know it has been linked to regulation of the body’s cortisol output? The hormone cortisol is capable of storing fat, therefore you want to  keep it in check. Greek yogurt comes packed with calcium so thank it for your healthy bones and fat fighting skills.

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More fat loss: Iodine

Greek yogurt is chock full of iodine. Iodine is important for proper thyroid function, and the thyroid is essential for a healthy metabolism. If you’re struggling with weight problems or want to shed a few more pounds, increasing your iodine levels will boost your thyroid activity and in turn increase your metabolism.

So there you have it, a look at how greek yogurt is more than just a protein source. To be sure that you are on track with your own health or weight loss journey, incorporate greek yogurt into your daily regime. The stuff is tasty too, it’s thick, uber creamy, tart and satisfying…..I was licking my spoon. With so many flavors on the market and so many brands, you are spoilt for choice. My personal favorite is Wallaby as I love their flavors and their organic ingredients (I feel a review post coming).  

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