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If you take a scroll down any fitness blogger’s Instagram, you are likely to find a combination of trendy yoghurt breakfasts, desserts and snacks. From a yoghurt parfait to a yoghurt smoothie bowl, it seems people can’t get enough of it; and for good reason. Here we speak to Clare Collins, a dietitian from the University of Newcastle to get the low-down on all things yoghurt from why it earns it’s superfood tag to the how much is really too much?
Is it really that good?
“The thing about yoghurt is that it’s actually a really good source of protein, calcium and vitamin b2. For people who are vegetarian, it also contains vitamin b12 which you can only get from animal products.” Thank you, nutrition gods.
Bacteria are bad, right?
Bacteria come in two forms, both good and bad. Yoghurt contains good ‘probiotic’ bacteria that help promote a healthy gut. Some also have prebiotics, which feed the bacteria and help them do their job.
“Together they’re sort of like the maintenance department of your colon. For example, the workers are the probiotics and the mops and buckets are the prebiotics.”
Choosing the yoghurt that is the freshest (i.e. has the furthest expiration date) will ensure optimum good bacteria for your body.
Is it true that yoghurt can help prevent cancer?
Essentially, when bacteria are doing their job they produce a little bit of fatty acid in the colon. This can help “lower the pH of the colon and prevent carcinogens from developing, thus lowering your risk of cancer.” That’s pretty damn ‘super’ if you ask us.
How much is too much?
Okay, time to put down the kilo pot of yoghurt. Collins recommends moderation in a balanced diet.
“I think a good portion size is any of those single serve pots they come in. If you find you’re sitting down to a 500g-1kg tub everyday then maybe it’s time for a bit more variety.”
Why does yoghurt have that ‘superfood’ status?
“Yoghurt gets the superfood reputation is because it’s so easily digested and is a good source of protein and calcium. It’s also because of its probiotic ability to clean up your colon and keep you healthy from the inside.”
Best tips for preparing deliciously nutritious yoghurt?
“Chop up a banana and add some cinnamon or buy packs of frozen raspberries and whack some of them in. It’s really nice.”
Sounds good to us.