You already know about all of the health benefits that come with adding yogurt to your anti-aging diet, especially what it can do for your digestive health. And you’ve probably heard some of the recent hype surrounding Greek yogurt. But, like a lot of other people, you may have found yourself questioning if Greek yogurt is really any different than the traditional yogurt, which also happens to be a bit more affordable. But as it turns out, Greek yogurt is actually better for your digestive health, and provides an even longer list of health benefits when it’s added to your anti-aging diet.
Here are the digestive health perks of eating Greek yogurt versus regular yogurt:
• Protein: Greek yogurt has a thicker, creamier texture (almost like a mousse or custard) and isn’t as sweet as regular yogurt because it contains less sugar and twice as much protein. Protein is essential for maintaining digestive health and a single serving of Greek yogurt (approximately six ounces) contains as much protein as three ounces of lean meat. Lean protein has been shown to be incredibly effective against heart disease as well.
• Weight: Greek yogurt is better able to regulate digestive health and manage weight because the greater concentration of protein makes it more filling. One serving of Greek yogurt between breakfast and lunch can help curb unhealthy snacking in between, which disrupts digestive health and can make you pack on the pounds.
• Carbohydrates: Greek yogurt contains fewer carbohydrates than regular yogurt, which helps make it easier to digest. With less than 10 grams per serving, it’s ideal for diabetics, whose digestive health is extra sensitive to carbohydrates.
• Lactose: Because Greek yogurt is strained in the production process, it contains much less lactose than regular dairy yogurt. That means individuals who are lactose intolerant can also reap its digestive health benefits.
• Sodium: Greek yogurt is good for your digestive health because it is low in sodium. Although sodium intake is important for digestive health, the majority of Americans are eating way too much of it, so any means of cutting sodium from your anti-aging diet is helpful. A six-ounce serving contains just 50 milligrams of sodium, which is well within the daily recommended intake of 1.5 grams.
• Probiotics: Greek yogurt is high in probiotics, which are microorganisms with a wealth of digestive health benefits, like relieving diarrhea, constipation, ulcers, and inflammatory bowel diseases. Aside from improving digestive health, probiotics have also been shown to boost your immune system and even protect against cancer in the bladder and colon. You can tell if your Greek yogurt is high in probiotics by the label—it should say “contains live active cultures” instead of “made with live active cultures.”
• Versatility: To enjoy the best digestive health benefits of Greek yogurt, stick to the plain, non-fat variety, as the flavored ones often contain added sugar. To add sweetness while enhancing your digestive health even more, mix a touch of cinnamon, apple slices, or fresh blueberries. You can also bake and cook with Greek yogurt. Because it’s thick and creamy, it can be used as a healthier substitute for cream cheese, sour cream, and mayonnaise.
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