Spring is just around the corner, so again delicious cool desserts are on the menu. True, most people love ice cream, whether it’s for dessert or just a snack to cool down. But sadly it is a pretty sinful indulgence from a healthy eating perspective. Based on ice cream’s main ingredient – heavy cream, it is not the healthiest or smartest choice when you get that incessant craving for a cool, sweet treat. It also has an abundance of calories, fat and sugar. Luckily, here at Yo-get-it we have a whole other cool treat you can enjoy minus the guilt – FROZEN YOGURT!
More about how it’s made…
Frozen yogurt from the word itself is made from yogurt, which makes for a healthier option. Frozen yogurt or yogurt itself come’s in many different flavors. But yogurt or its base is actually made from milk that is fermented with bacterial culture. The bacteria interacts with the milk, more specifically the sugar in milk (lactose), producing a byproduct called lactic acid. This is why frozen yogurt has that characteristic tangy kick to it. Frozen yogurt is mostly made up of milk so it has the nutritional value that milk can offer with less the sugar, less the fat and a dose of good bacteria.
Some of the health benefits…
The awesome thing about frozen yogurt (aside from the fact that it tastes amazing while being naturally low in fat) is that it is packed with loads and loads of essential vitamins and minerals. Frozen yogurt is high in calcium since it is made from milk, and also, it has an array of other micro-nutrients like magnesium, potassium, zinc and protein. In fact, frozen yogurt can be consumed as part of your balanced diet to serve your recommended daily servings of dairy products. Not only is it good for your bones, teeth and muscles, but studies also suggest that it can help prevent certain diseases like colon cancer, obesity, and cardiovascular health risks. Eating a healthy dose of frozen yogurt on a regular basis can help promote good cholesterol levels and maintain a healthy heart.
The added health bonus…
And, here’s an added bonus. Remember those bacterial culture used to make the yogurt? The bacterial culture also known as the “good bacteria” or probiotics is what really sets frozen yogurt apart from ice cream or any other sinful dessert for that matter. They are called good bacteria for a reason. Probiotics, from the words “pro” and “bios” which means “for life”, help keep your digestive system in check and may even help keep you from getting sick. They are live microorganisms that dwell in our tummies and fight the bad bacteria that may enter and harm our body. Studies suggest that probiotics can help ease irregular bowel movements, and repress diarrhea and other gastrointestinal problems. Some research also show that it can play a great role in treating and preventing acute infectious diseases. Treating yourself to a good dose of frozen yogurt on a regular or daily basis can help keep a strong immune system, aid digestion, and have better nutrient absorption. Not a bad deal, right?
Who should eat Frozen yogurt…
Frozen yogurt is the perfect treat for everyone whether you be young or old. But hey, what about that are lactose intolerant? They certainly can’t enjoy a serving of ice cream even if they wanted to. Frozen yogurt is the perfect replacement. How is this possible when both treats are made from milk? Since the bacterial culture used to make yogurt has already interacted with the lactose in milk and has converted it to something else, people who are lactose intolerant can savor the goodness that is in frozen yogurt. The probiotics in frozen yogurt can even help improve a person’s tolerance to lactose.
Frozen yogurt can help promote good health and general well-being. So why settle for a dessert or snack that can add inches to your waist and add kilos to your weight, when there’s a healthier option without compromising great flavor.
Where did we find this information?
Apart from our vast knowledge of frozen yogurt, we also sourced info from these sources:
Cenzon, M. (2011, October 12). Health Benefits of Frozen Yogurt
Kassem, N. (2010, October 25). The Health Benefits of Frozen Yogurt
Health Benefits of Taking Probiotics. (2005, September 1).