Homemade yogurt is cheap and easy to make. Not only is it tasty but recent studies also now show it is an effective treatment for IBS…
The new study, announced by the World Congress of Gastroenterology, has shown that consuming homemade yogurt every day can treat symptoms in of irritable bowel syndrome. The study involved 189 patients suffering from IBS. Each of the participants were then instructed to consume 500 ml (approximately 2 cups) of yogurt every day and their symptoms were then recorded. 169 of these patients saw their symptoms reduce or removed altogether within 6 months of the study, including many who had not responded to previous medical treatments. In traditional diets, patients suffering from digestive disorders and IBS are advised to be careful about consuming milk-related products, incase of an intolerance to lactose, but the study shows that despite this, homemade yogurt with Lactobacillus could be a very effective at controlling symptoms of cramps and irregular bowel movements.
If you’re interested to see if yogurt could help with IBS, it is best to go for homemade. Homemade yoghurts have a number of other benefits over yoghurts which you buy in the shops. You can ensure that the yoghurt contains live active cultures but does not contain any additives such as preservatives, flavourings, sweeteners – all of which can harm or adversely affect our friendly gut bacteria.
High-quality yogurts contain large numbers of ‘friendly’ probiotic bacteria often measured in CFU’s (colony-forming unit). These strains of friendly bacteria can help increase the health and diversity of our gut microbiome. However many yoghurt products available in the supermarket are made with poor quality milk – originating from cows pumped with hormones and antibiotics.
Many yoghurts available in the supermarket have also been pasteurized which kills off the beneficial strains of bacteria. They also often contain additives, such as sugar, artificial sweeteners, thickeners and preservatives – all of which can actually harm our gut bacteria.
The best yogurts should be made with raw milk from cows exclusively raised on a grass diet and will be clearly labelled to show that it contains live probiotic cultures. If you don’t have time to make your own yogurt, here are a few things to look out for when buying yogurt in stores:
- Plain/ Natural: plain natural yoghurts should contain no sugars, additives and flavouring and are the best choice
- Light: Light yoghurts often contain artificial sweeteners as a sugar substitute which are best avoided
- Fat Free/Low Fat: Low fat or fat free yoghurts often replace fat with sugar
- Organic: to be certified organic yoghurts should be cultured from higher quality milk, making organic yogurt a better choice
- Greek: Greek yogurt typically contains higher quantities of milk proteins and will usually be free from added sugar or artificial sweeteners.
- Live active cultures Always look for the yogurt to say that it contains live and active cultures – as these probiotic bacteria typically rich in Lactobacilli family support our gut health.
- Ingredients: If you can’t pronounce it, don’t buy it.
The label should be short and simple, Avoid yogurts with a long list of thickeners, preservatives, stabilisers and flavourings and additives.
Original article: http://www.thegoodgut.org/homemade-yogurt-treats-ibs-symptoms/