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Benefits & Potential Side Effects of Eating Curd-Yoghurt Everyday

Can You Eat Curd Everyday?

Yoghurt is usually used for restoring normal bacteria in the intestine after antibiotic therapy and for treating antibiotic-linked diarrhoea and acute diarrhoea in infants and children. Yoghurt is also used for treating and preventing vaginal yeast and bacteria infections, and preventing UTIs. Some people use yoghurt for lactose intolerance and for treating high cholesterol and Helicobacter pylori infections that lead to stomach ulcers. Yoghurt is also utilised for preventing colorectal cancer and sunburns.

Some women even use yoghurt inside the vagina for treating vaginal yeast infections and vaginal bacterial infections in their pregnancy.

Yoghurt is also consumed as a food and used as an alternative to milk in lactose-intolerant individuals.

Types of Curd/Yogurt

There are different kinds of yoghurt:

Low fat or non-fat

Low-fat. yoghurt is made with 2% milk while non-fat yoghurt is made with 0% or skim milk.

Kefir

Kefir is a kind of liquid yoghurt for drinking. It contains probiotics and is simple to make at home by adding kefir grains to milk and leaving it to stand for 12-24 hours.

Greek yoghurt

Greek yoghurt is thick and creamy which can withstand heat better than regular yoghurt and is often used in Mediterranean cooking and dips.

It is made by straining the liquid whey from regular yoghurt.

The result is higher protein content, due to its thicker consistency, but the extra straining can lead to low calcium content.

Greek yoghurt is usually available in full fat, reduced or low fat and nonfat or zero per cent.

Skyr

Similar to Greek yoghurt, skyr is an Icelandic-style yoghurt that is thick, creamy and high in protein. Compared to regular yoghurt, skyr requires 4 times the quantity of milk to make and contains 2 to 3 times more protein.

Frozen yoghurt

Frozen yoghurts are often seen as a healthy alternative to ice cream.

However, many frozen yoghurts contain the same quantity of sugar or more as regular ice cream.

Non-dairy yoghurt

Non-dairy yoghurt alternatives are soy yoghurt and coconut milk yoghurt.

How does it work?

Yoghurt consists of bacteria which may help to restore the normal bacteria in the digestive tract and vagina which might help treat diarrhoea and vaginal infections.

Uses & Effectiveness

Possibly Effective for:

  • Diarrhoea in children. Yoghurt is given as a replacement for milk formula in infants and children to relieve persistent diarrhoea.
  • Diarrhoea is linked to antibiotics.
  • Curd benefits prevent vaginal yeast infections.
  • Lactose intolerance, as a milk substitute.
  • Treating a bacterial infection that can cause stomach ulcers (Helicobacter pylori), when used in combination with certain medicines.  Adding yoghurt that contains lactobacillus or bifidobacterium to a standard triple-drug treatment seems to help people stick to their treatment plan which in turn makes the treatment more effective in killing H. pylori bacteria. However, consuming yoghurt alone without standard triple-drug therapy does not seem to kill H. pylori.
  • High cholesterol levels. Taking yoghurt that contains Lactobacillus acidophilus and a combination of Enterococcus Faecium and Streptococcus Thermophilus seems to reduce cholesterol in people with borderline to moderate-high levels of cholesterol. This type of yoghurt appears to lower total and “bad” low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol but does not increase “good” high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol.

Possibly Ineffective for:

  • Asthma
  • Diarrhoea in malnourished infants and children.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for:

  • Bacterial vaginosis. Developing research suggests that having yoghurt enriched with Lactobacillus acidophilus daily might slightly decrease the chance of developing bacterial vaginal infections that keep coming back.
  • Preventing urinary tract infections.
  • Preventing colorectal cancer.
  • Treating peptic ulcers.
  • Preventing sunburns.
  • Other conditions.

Side Effects of Eating Yoghurt Every day?

Yoghurt is likely safe for most adults when consumed by mouth. Yoghurt is possibly safe when used in the vagina. There aren't many side effects reported, but there have been certain cases of people getting sick from yoghurt contaminated with disease-causing bacteria. Be careful to opt for yoghurt that has been prepared and stored properly.

Special Precautions & Warnings

Pregnancy and breastfeeding: Yoghurt seems to be safe in food amounts and might be also safe when applied intravaginally during pregnancy. Pregnant women involved in a small study have reported no side effects.

Yoghurt seems to be safe in breastfeeding women as well when used in normal food quantities, but researchers haven't adequately studied the safety of intravaginal usage of yoghurt during breastfeeding. So it's best to avoid intravaginal use if you are nursing.

Weakened immune system: There is some concern that live bacteria in yoghurt might reproduce unchecked, causing illness in people with weak immune systems, such as people with HIV/AIDS or recipients of organ transplants. Lactobacillus in yoghurt has caused disease, but rarely, in people with weak immune systems. To be on the safe side, if you have a weakened immune system, avoid consuming large quantities of yoghurt that contain live bacteria for prolonged periods of time without any advice from your healthcare provider.

Take Away

The range of yoghurt options can be very confusing. Most of the available products have not been studied, and researchers do not yet know which probiotics do what in the human body. The best option is to choose yoghurt low in sugar and additives.

If selecting yoghurt for health purposes, experts recommend choosing those that have been scientifically researched.