A bowl of fresh creamy and homemade yogurt is one of the simplest food joys. This wonder dairy product can make for a dish itself with fruits or chopped onions and tomatoes or it can be blended into smoothies, used to add texture to your curries or make your breakfast cereal wholesome. It is very convenient for us to pair yogurt with our daily meals, but have we ever wondered about the amazing health benefits that we can enjoy by having a bowl of curd or yogurt every day?
Yogurt comes from milk and therefore, it is loaded with several essential nutrients like calcium, vitamin B-2, vitamin B-12, potassium, and magnesium. An advantage with yogurt is that it is light on the stomach and easier to digest than milk. If you didn’t know, here are the benefits of curd (yogurt).
Good for the bones:
A cup of yogurt (250grams) contains about 275mg of calcium. A daily dose of calcium not only helps in maintaining bone density but also strengthens them. It is low in fat and calories and thus, may also help in keeping your weight in check.
Healthy for your heart:
In a day and age where more and more young people are falling prey to heart disease, consuming curd can go a long way in maintaining a healthy heart. It minimises the risk of high blood pressure and helps reduce cholesterol levels by preventing the thickening of carotid arteries.
Helps boost immunity:
Curd has ‘good bacteria’ present in it which strengthens your immune system by fighting against several microorganisms that are present in the body. It is also useful in preventing vaginal yeast infections in women. These properties of curd do not diminish even when it is heated along with curry preparations to add flavour.
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