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Focus on Food – Yogurt

January 20, 2015


Real Fermented or Cultured yogurt can offer actual benefits to endurance athletes.

Yogurt it is a great source of calcium and protein and it’s easy to digest.  We are not talking about the commercial, sugar loaded buckets you buy at the local supermarket. But that same supermarket will likely sell the ‘Bio’ version.  The milk sugar (lactose) is more easily digested with the live cultured in real yogurt.  The protein Casein, commonly found in cow milk (and making up 80% of the proteins) has a tendency to gel or clot in the stomach. The enzymes and bacteria in yogurt help to partially digest this protein.

Another benefit is that yogurt supports the immune system which is often suppressed in endurance athletes.  Especially during periods of heavy training the athlete may often have
gastrointestinal upset. A daily dose of yogurt can help the stomach to improve the mucosal immune system by increasing a range of small proteins- producing cells (cytokines) of the intestine.

Probiotic yogurt has also been found to be an effective inflammation suppressor for those with inflammatory bowel disease.

How to know which yogurts contain “friendly bacteria”?Yoghurt small

Food Standards Australia requires that the product contains at least 1,000,000 colony forming units (cfu) per gram for yoghurt companies to make a claim on their label about the presence of probiotics. It is up to you to decide how much sugar you allow in your diet, the obvious choice if you wanted to keep this low is natural yoghurt.

You may also like to consider the protein content: Greek yogurts, where the whey from the milk is strained three times (compared to twice in normal yogurt) tends to be slightly higher in content than regular yoghurt.

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