Six Health Benefits Of Greek Yogurt

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Did you know that one of the oldest fixtures of the Mediterranean diet is Greek Yogurt? Greek Yogurt is both delicious and healthy.

Some of the benefits include:

  • High amounts of protein to build and repair tissues

  • Vitamin B12 the nutrient that helps keep the body's nerve and blood cells healthy

  • Iodine to make thyroid hormones. These hormones control the body's metabolism and many other important functions.

  • Calcium to build bones and keep them healthy. Also enables our blood to clot, our muscles to contract, and our heart to beat.

  • Good fats -- like omega 3’s and unsaturated fats which reduce inflammation and help you stay full longer

  • Probiotics giving us microbes in the lower intestinal tract that help digest food, fight harmful bacteria, and regulate the immune system.

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Notably, the probiotics in yogurt are really what sets this food apart from other dairy products. Probiotics keep your gut healthy and in-turn, keep your brain healthy as it is said your gut is your “second brain”! Greek yogurt is a perfect after-workout snack, breakfast, substitute for sour cream and mayonnaise, and can be the perfect addition to many appetizers, main dishes, and even desserts. Here’s a link to one of our favorite at home recipes for a post-workout snack.

At Taziki’s we recognize how Greek yogurt as a powerhouse food! As we fully embrace the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle, we choose to incorporate it as a staple ingredient in our Taziki Dip, which is a guest favorite appetizer.

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Greek yogurt combined with fresh cucumber and lemon creates this light signature favorite and we pair it with soft pita slices or baked pita chips.

DID YOU KNOW?

Yogurt has a long history dating back to the 6th Century B.C. in Turkey. It is believed that Central Asian herdsman stored goats milk in containers, which led to fermenting, thus came about yogurt! Over centuries, yogurt has evolved into many varieties, and expanded from home production to mass production. It is a staple in many diets throughout the world, especially the Mediterranean diet. In particular, Greece has long used it as a base to their tzatziki dip and as a dessert, with honey and spooned sweets on top.