Plain Yogurt with live cultures called probiotics is now considered as a superfood. It is made by bacterial fermentation of milk using yogurt cultures. After fermentation, lactose from milk is converted into lactic acid. The action of this lactic acid on milk protein gives all the characteristics and texture of yogurt.Though yogurt made from cow milk is more popular, milk from animals like goat, buffalo, camels, yak and mere are also used for making yogurt.
Many varieties of yogurt comes in the market with added sugars, artificial colourants and flavours. But the plain unsweetened yogurt which is a thick white liquid with a tangy flavor, is the best choice for its potential health benefits.
It is a nutritious food that contains almost all key nutrients essential for our health.The key nutrients contained in yogurt are sodium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium,zinc, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, folate and selenium. And has a total fat content of 8.5 gms, carbohydrate content of 12 gms and a protein content of 9 gms per 1 cup(245 gms). Yogurt with live probiotic bacteria is often associated with immune, cardiovascular and metabolic health.It has been in use for hundreds of years and now studies shows it has some potential health benefits including its positive effect immune, cardiovascular and metabolic health when consumed regularely. Read its scientifically proven health benefits here at Authority Nutrition