Following the principles of a proper and balanced diet is a key to a good health and well-being at any age. It is important not only to have regular meals, but also include different and healthy products to your every day meals. One of the most essential components of a healthy eating is dairy products.
How Do They Make Them?
Usually dairy products are made from milk of cows, goats and sheep. Milk of other animals can be used as well such as camels, horses and others. Fermented products are done from whole milk, cream or other milk derivatives via fermentation. This process includes the raw milk fermentation with a help of lactic acid bacteria. Before adding the yeast into the milk it is usually pasteurized or boiled in order to eliminate the risk of harmful microbes’ appearance, which might be contained in fresh milk.
What Are The Benefits of Dairy Products?
- Include easily digested nutrients.
Fermented dairy products contain lacto and bifid bacteria which during its life partially digest milk protein, giving it a fine-grained structure. This process improves metabolism of our body that digests such products much faster. Thus, in one hour after you eat yogurt, it is digested in the gastrointestinal tract of humans on 91% while the whole milk is digested only on 32% in an hour.
In addition, bifid bacteria and lactobacilli provide better digestion of lactose that is a complex sugar of milk. Therefore fermented milk products are good for those people who have a whole milk intolerance due to the absence of the necessary for that enzyme in their body - lactase. Many of the components of these products (carbon dioxide, lactic acid, traces of alcohol in yogurt) stimulate the digestive glands and create conditions for full and comfortable digestion.
- Provide protection against infection.
Lactic acid formed in fermented dairy products, prevents the appearance of putrefactive environment. Thanks to lactic acid a number of good for our body bacteria is growing that protects the intestinal wall from different infections. Natural antibiotics, yet another component of fermented dairy products, are able to resist the agents of many serious diseases, such as the tubercle bacillus that causes tuberculosis.
- Improve the intestinal motility.
Eating fermented dairy products that are rich in organic fatty acids helps to normalize bowel motor function and reduces the flatulence appearance.
- Increase the levels of healthy minerals in the body.
The process of whole milk fermentation increases the amounts of vitamins B (especially B 2), A, D, E, and also easy-to-digest minerals such as calcium, phosphorus and magnesium that help normalizing the metabolic reactions in the body. In addition, fermented products contain 7-11 times more essential amino acid than the fresh milk.
- Contain available for digestion calcium.
Calcium contained in fermented dairy products is better absorbed by intestinal mucosa. The acidic environment changes the trace element into a soluble state: the release of molecules occurs through the hydrolysis of proteins performed by bacteria.
The benefits from regular eating fermented dairy products are mostly significant during childhood and adolescence, which is crucial for strengthening the skeleton and further prevention of osteoporosis.
How Often Should You Eat Fermented Dairy Products?
As stated above, fermented dairy products should have a significant place in your healthy diet. Eat at least one type of this product during a day. For example you may have a yogurt in the morning or a vegetable salad with sour cream in the evening.
In addition there are many recipes that include fermented dairy products. Cheese cakes for example or different types of pies. My favorite dairy product is yogurt. It can be both sweet and salt. You can eat it with vegetables, fruits, jam or just like that without anything.
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