Health and Fitness
OMG! The Best Health Benefits of Frozen Yogurt Ever!
By Cheryl Alker
Every time I walk into a frozen yogurt store and fill my cup with all that deliciousness I can’t help feeling that this must be bad for me. I mean it just tastes too good to be true, doesn’t it? Believe it or not though, not only does it taste heavenly but it also has some pretty awesome health benefits.
High in Calcium – Froyo has an average of 178 milligrams of calcium per half-cup serving. Besides the well-known fact that calcium has positive effects on bones and teeth, calcium intake can help reduce the growth of excess cells in the colon, which in turn could help prevent cancer. Diets high in calcium can also aid in weight loss and help prevent obesity.
Low in Calories – If you’re counting calories and have a sweet tooth you are pretty much in trouble! Luckily frozen yogurt should fulfill your craving and your calorie limit. Frozen yogurt itself is a very low-calorie food, even when it’s flavored. Obviously, it goes without saying that you should be careful with your serving size and the toppings you choose but otherwise help yourself!
Improves Digestive Health – Frozen yogurt is abundant with probiotics. Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for the human body, and froyo is full of two of the most important organisms, Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilous. These two probiotics can help break down lactose and are easier on the stomachs of people with dairy sensitivities. This helpful bacterium can also assist to balance the amount of microflora in the gut. Make sure you look for frozen yogurt that has the live and active culture’s seal.
High in Protein – Unfortunately, cookies, cake, and so many other desserts are tasty but they certainly fall short in the nutritional stakes. Traditional desserts are full of sugars and carbs, whereas frozen yogurt is full of protein. Protein filled snacks can help you feel more satisfied which is why you will often feel fulfilled after eating even a small cup of Froyo.
Low in Fat – On top of all the health benefits froyo offers, its low-fat content may be the best. Ice cream can be very fattening, but frozen yogurt has almost half the fat of ice cream. If you want to make sure that you’re keeping your fat content low, you can stick to non-fat flavors.