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ANEKA KHASIAT YOGHURT

Oleh : Florentina Lenny Kristiani

ANEKA KHASIAT YOGHURT Yoghurt adalah susu yang dibuat melalui fermentasi bakteri dan dapat dibuat dari susu apa saja, bahkan susu kacang kedelai. Yoghurt mengandung probiotik, bakteri baik yang membantu proses pencernaan. Yogurt juga kaya kandungan protein, vitamin B12, kalsium, Pantothenic Acid, Potasium, Seng, Riboflavin dan fosfor, serta masuk dalam kategori makanan yang sangat rendah lemak dan kolesterol. Tak hanya enak di mulut, ternyata yoghurt khasiat lain yang wajib diketahui. Antara lain: 1. Membantu pencernaan Probiotik (jenis bakteri yang menguntungkan) terkandung dalam yogurt akan menyeimbangkan mikroflora dalam usus dan dapat membantu pencernaan serta menjaga tubuh tetap fit. Karenanya pastikan yoghurt yang dikonsumsi mengandung setidaknya satu miliar unit pembentuk koloni probiotik hidup. Informasi ini biasanya tersedia di situs-situs merk Yoghurt terkenal. 2. Menjaga jantung tetap sehat Yoghurt juga baik untuk jantung sebab rendah lemak, bahkan bebas lemak. Juga dapat membantu menurunkan risiko terserang tekanan darah tinggi. Hal ini dikarenakan protein khusus dalam susu mengatur tekanan darah, kadar kalsium, magnesium, potasium, dan menyebabkan efek penurun tekanan darah. 3. Mencegah hipertensi Rutin mengonsumsi yoghurt dapat mencegah penyakit hipertensi. Protein spesial di dalam yoghurt serta kandungan kalsium, magnesium, dan potasium-nya bermanfaat untuk mencegah tekanan darah tinggi. 4. Mencegah Osteoporosis Salah satu upaya pencegahan osteoporosis adalah dengan cara mengkonsumsi makanan atau minuman yang mengandung kalsium tinggi secara teratur. Yoghurt adalah salah satu pilihan

untuk dikonsumsi. Dengan mengkonsumsi yoghurt sebanyak 200 cc, dua kali per hari, kebutuhan kalsium tubuh dapat terpenuhi sebanyak 600 mg. 5. Mengatasi Jerawat Mengkonsumi yoghurt secara rutin ternyata berkhasiat membantu mencegah terbentuknya jerawat dari dalam. Selain mengandung banyak vitamin dan mineral yang membantu untuk meningkatkan sistem kekebalan tubuh dalam menghadapi bakteri termasuk bakteri penyebab jerawat. Selain itu, kandungan asam dari yoghurt merupakan asam alami yang efektif untuk mengurangi penyumbatan minyak pada pori-pori. 6. Menjaga Kehalusan dan kelembutan kulit Yogurt juga mengandung probiotik yang membantu sistem pencernaan untuk berfungsi dengan lebih baik sehingga tubuh dapat menyerap nutrisi dengan maksimal. Karena itu, konsumsi yogurt bersama dengan diet makanan yang tinggi vitamin, mineral dan protein akan membuat kulit terjaga kehalusan, kelembutan dan elastisitasnya. 7. Membantu penderita Lactose Intolerance Jika si kecil selalu diare setiap kali minum susu, bisa jadi ia menderita lactoce intolerance yang diakibatkan kekurangan enzim pencerna laktosa yang berkibat penyerapan air di usus halus terganggu dan memunculkan diare. Dalam yoghurt, laktosa sudah dipecah oleh bakteri baik sehingga mudah diserap tubuh, sehingga amat disaranakan sebagai pengganti susu bagi penderita lactose Intolerance. 8. Degradasi Kolesterol Bakteri asam laktat yang ada dalam yoghurt dapat mendegradasi kolesterol menjadi coprostanol. Coprostanol ini merupakan zat yang tak dapat diserap oleh usus dan akan dikeluarkan dalam bentuk kotoran. Sehingga jumlah kolesterol yang diserap tubuh pun jadi rendah. 9. Menghambat Patogen Mengonsumsi yoghurt bisa menghambat bertumbuhnya kuman-kuman patogen atau kuman yang dapat menyebabkan penyakit. Dengan terhambatnya pertumbuhan sekaligus matinya mikrobia patogen dalam lambung dan usus halus bisa menghindari munculnya berbagai penyakit akibat infeksi atau intoksikasi mikrobia sehingga menjaga saluran pencernaan. Dan yoghurt pun mampu membunuh bakteri E coli yang terdapat saluran cerna.Dalam jumalh kecil bakteri ini menimbulkan penyakit, namun bila berlebihan tentu dapat memunculkan dampak tak sehat. 10. Menetralisir Antibiotik Efek samping mengonsumsi antibiotik secara oral adalah matinya semua kuman tanpa pandang bulu kuman baik atau tidak baik. Sehingga kadang kuman yang seharusnya ada di saluran cerna pun ikut musnah, sehingga akan mengganggu keseimbangan saluran cerna. Nah, yoghurt dapat menetralisir efek samping antibiotik ini.
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The Benefits of Yogurt


What's tasty, easy, and has lots of health benefits? Yogurt! Share this: http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/benefits-of-yogurt Font size: AAA

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By Elaine Magee, MPH, RD WebMD Weight Loss Clinic-Feature Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

Have you noticed that the yogurt section of most grocery stores has practically taken over the dairy aisle? Its getting harder to find more traditional dairy foods, such as cottage cheese and sour cream, amid the sea of yogurt options. But it only makes sense that a food with as many health benefits as yogurt be given prime real estate in the supermarket. And just what are the health benefits of yogurt? First off, your body needs to have a healthy amount of ''good'' bacteria in the digestive tract, and many yogurts are made using active, good bacteria. One of the words youll be hearing more of in relation to yogurt is ''probiotics.'' Probiotic, which literally means ''for life,'' refers to living organisms that can result in a health benefit when eaten in adequate amounts. Miguel Freitas, PhD, medical marketing manager for Dannon Co., says the benefits associated with probiotics are specific to certain strains of these "good" bacteria. Many provide their benefits by adjusting the microflora (the natural balance of organisms) in the intestines, or by acting directly on body functions, such as digestion or immune function. (Keep in mind that the only yogurts that contain probiotics are those that say "live and active cultures" on the label.) And let us not forget that yogurt comes from milk. So yogurt eaters will also get a dose of animal protein (about 9 grams per 6-ounce serving), plus several other nutrients found in dairy foods, like calcium, vitamin B-2, B-12, potassium, and magnesium. In fact, the health benefits of yogurt are so impressive that many health-conscious people make it a daily habit. Here are five possible health benefits of having a yogurt a day:
Benefit No. 1: Yogurt May Help Prevent Osteoporosis

''Adequate nutrition plays a major role in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis, and the micronutrients of greatest importance are calcium and vitamin D,'' says Jeri Nieves, PhD, MS, director of bone density testing at New Yorks Helen Hayes Hospital.

Calcium has been shown to have beneficial effects on bone mass in people of all ages, although the results are not always consistent, says Nieves, also an assistant professor of clinical epidemiology at Columbia University. ''The combination of calcium and vitamin D has a clear skeletal benefit, provided the dose of vitamin D is sufficiently high,'' she adds. And what qualifies as ''sufficiently high?'' Currently, 400 IU per day is considered an adequate intake of vitamin D for people ages 5170, Nieves says. (Look for the Daily Value amount listed on food labels.) But more may be better. ''This amount is likely to be sufficient for most young adults for skeletal health, although many would argue that for overall health, more than the 400 IU may be required, even at these younger ages,'' Nieves said in an email interview. Nieves believes that older people specifically can benefit from more vitamin D. Many dairy products, including some yogurts, are made with added vitamin D. Find out which brands have added vitamin D by checking out the table below, and by reading labels when you shop

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Benefit No. 2: Yogurt May Reduce the Risk of High Blood Pressure

A recent study, which followed more than 5,000 Spanish university graduates for about two years, found a link between dairy intake and risk of high blood pressure. ''We observed a 50% reduction in the risk of developing high blood pressure among people eating 2-3 servings of low-fat dairy a day (or more), compared with those without any intake,'' Alvaro Alonso, MD, PhD, a researcher in the department of epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, said in an email interview. Although most of the low-fat dairy consumed by the study subjects was as milk, Alvaro believes low-fat yogurt would likely have the same effect.
Benefit No. 3: Yogurt With Active Cultures Helps the Gut

Yogurt with active cultures may help certain gastrointestinal conditions, including:

Lactose intolerance Constipation Diarrhea

Colon cancer Inflammatory bowel disease H. pylori infection

That's what researchers from the Jean Mayer U.S. Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University concluded in a recent review article. The benefits are thought to be due to:

Changes in the microflora of the gut The time food takes to go through the bowel Enhancement of the body's immune system

A recent Taiwanese study looked at the effects of yogurt containing lactobacillus and bifidobacterium on 138 people with persistent H. pylori infections. The researchers found that the yogurt improved the efficacy of four-drug therapy. H. pylori is a type of bacteria that can cause infection in the stomach and upper part of the small intestine. It can lead to ulcers and can increase the risk of developing stomach cancer.
Benefit No. 4: Yogurt With Active Cultures May Discourage Vaginal Infections

Candida or "yeast" vaginal infections are a common problem for women with diabetes. In a small study, seven diabetic women with chronic Candidal vaginitis consumed 6 ounces of frozen aspartame-sweetened yogurt per day (with or without active cultures). Even though most of the women had poor blood sugar control throughout the study, the vaginal pH (measure of acidity or basicity) of the group eating yogurt with active cultures dropped from 6.0 to 4.0 (normal pH is 4.0-4.5). These women also reported a decrease in Candida infections. The women eating the yogurt without active cultures remained at pH 6.0.
Benefit No. 5: Yogurt May Help You Feel Fuller

A study from the University of Washington in Seattle tested hunger, fullness, and calories eaten at the next meal on 16 men and 16 women who had a 200-calorie snack. The snack was either:

Semisolid yogurt containing pieces of peach and eaten with a spoon The same yogurt in drinkable form A peach-flavored dairy beverage Peach juice

Although those who had the yogurt snacks did not eat fewer calories at the next meal, both types of yogurt resulted in lower hunger ratings and higher fullness ratings than either of the other snacks.