SuperFood: Yoghurt

Easier to digest than milk (the culturing process breaks down the lactose), yoghurt’s many health benefits can also be enjoyed by people who are lactose intolerant or have a protein allergy. The probiotics (or friendly bacteria) in yoghurt help keep your colon healthy (lowering the chance of colon diseases), protect the gastrointestinal tract from harmful bacteria, and help resolve issues of constipation as well as diarrhea. It is also a rich source of calcium, which strengthens bones and teeth, and decreases the risk of colon cancer. Furthermore, the live cultures in yoghurt increase the body’s absorption of calcium, so you get more calcium out of a serving of yoghurt than the same quantity of milk. Yoghurt is also a good source of protein, boosts immunity, and can lower cholesterol.

When selecting yoghurt, look for live and active cultures on the label. Choose one that uses organic milk (it’s better for you as well as for the environment). The fewer the ingredients it contains, the more natural the yoghurt is likely to be (avoid artificial colourings and sweeteners). The best thing is to choose plain yoghurt to avoid excessive added sugar. Sweeten it naturally with fruit instead. And pick one that is fortified with vitamin D, if you can. It’ll help your body better absorb the calcium it contains. 

A range of organic yoghurt is available at SuperNature Forum and online.