Greek Yogurt Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt is high in protein, probiotics, calcium, potassium, vitamin B-12, amino acids, and iodine. Plain Greek yogurt has double the protein, half the carbs and half the sodium of "regular" yogurt. Additionally, Greek yogurt can easily be swapped for other fats when baking or cooking, or used as an easy replacement for using sour cream as a topping for savory foods.
"Probiotics are usually defined as microbial food supplements with beneficial effects on the consumers. Most probiotics fall into the group of organisms' known as lactic acid-producing bacteria and are normally consumed in the form of yogurt. Some of the beneficial effects of lactic acid bacteria consumption include: (i) improving intestinal tract health; (ii) enhancing the immune system, synthesizing and enhancing the bioavailability of nutrients; (iii) reducing symptoms of lactose intolerance, decreasing the prevalence of allergy in susceptible individuals; and (iv) reducing risk of certain cancers. "
"The oral administration of probiotic therapies may be beneficial in a multitude of disorders both inside and outside the GI tract. The direct effects of probiotics in the GI tract are well documented and include upregulation of immunoglobulins such as IgA, downregulation of inflammatory cytokines, and enhancement of gut barrier function. New research evidence supports indirect, systemic effects of probiotics for a widely divergent set of disorders, including atopic disease, immune compromise and vaginal infections." [ref]Parvez, S., K.a. Malik, S. Ah Kang, and H.-Y. Kim. "Probiotics and Their Fermented Food Products Are Beneficial for Health." J Appl Microbiol Journal of Applied Microbiology 100.6 (2006): 1171-185. Web.[/ref]