Rose Platter: Why Yoghurt is good for us
The nicest chapter from this international bestseller called French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano for me was the one telling us that having yogurt twice a day is very beneficial to health.
When Mireille was a student she visited Greece during the summer and studied modern Greek. She stayed with families which took in foreign students. Since she spoke the language she enchanted the families which treated her to coffee and the extra magic: yoghurt! Once she stayed with a young married woman who told her that she often lived exclusively on yoghurt and fruit, with just a small piece of fish and some greens at dinner!
Mireille began to avoid the greasy tavernas and picked up her lunch from small grocery stores: yogurt and a peach! The peaches were delicious and juicy. After ten days following the young married woman’s programme and walking and swimming daily she left Crete floating in her clothes! She had lost a kilo and a half!
She learnt to make her own yoghurt too from the young Greek woman. Making our own ensures that it is free from preservatives. We can buy a yoghurt machine too though in India we mostly make it in any vessel at all and just cover it tight and it makes itself! In cold weather we keep it in the microwave (covered with a thick cloth) which does the work for us! Any warm airing cupboard or warm place will do as well.
In a small study at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York, women who got frequent yeast infections were given 1 cup of yogurt every day for six months. At the end of the study, it was found that the rate of yeast infections had dropped by 75 per cent! Yogurt can also boost immunity, heal and prevent ulcers.
From: Prevention’s New Foods for Healing. By Selene Yeager and the Editors of Prevention Health Books.
pics and text: daksha