What are the healthiest things to eat, I wondered? It seems like we’re always being told what we should eat less of or maybe not even eat at all! But I prefer to be positive: what foods could or should we be eating more of? I decided to look at twenty healthy superfoods and see whether it would be worth adding more of them to my diet.
Superfood Number 1 Natural Yoghurt
Yoghurt is a truly versatile and enjoyable healthy food and I don’t think I could do without it.
Yoghurt comes in a huge range of flavours, not to mention with the addition of various sweeteners both artificial and otherwise. I find the sweetened varieties leave behind a sickly aftertaste, so I prefer to stick to natural yoghurt. I sometimes buy the creamy Greek variety which is a good substitute for cream, but I usually get the normal runny stuff.
Mixed with any fruit of your choice, it makes a lovely fresh and natural dessert or breakfast. I have some every morning with fruit on my cereal and I also enjoy a good dollop of it on my curry to soften the heat and strength of all those spices.
But what’s the special appeal of yoghurt in terms of health benefits?
All natural yoghurt is low in calories, although full fat and low fat varieties are available. As well as being a good source of protein, yoghurt also contains healthy levels of calcium which helps maintain strong bones and protects against osteoporosis. The healthiest type of yoghurt is labelled “live” and, if it contains lactobacillus acidophilus bacteria, that’s the best of all. Live yoghurt helps to protect the immune system and is generally good for the gut. It’s especially effective protection against yeast infections, which can cause all sorts of unpleasant symptoms. And, if you need to take antibiotics, then live yoghurt will balance the side effects.
So how can you add more natural yoghurt to your diet?
Click here for a free factsheet on our Top Ten Ways to Enjoy Natural Yoghurt.