Skyr is a cultured Icelandic dairy product that has been around for over thousands of years. It is super healthy and nutritious. It has vitamins and minerals and is rich in protein. It is usually enjoyed as a healthy breakfast, or snack between meals or even as a sweet dessert.
This article explains why is skyr so healthy and nutritious and what is it:
Skyr is a staple food that has been used in iceland for about 1000 years. Its taste closely resembles that of the yogurt, it is just more thicker texture. It is made from the skimmed milk which has its cream removed. It is them warmed and bacterial cultures are added to it which thickens the product, which is then strained to remove whey from it.
Skyr has been become increasingly popular around the world and now is very often found in different stores.
Skyr is very high in protein. production of skyr requires about 2 to 3 times more milk then yogurt which makes it more rich in protein. There are certain great benefits to eating protein packed foods. Studies show that eating dairy filled with protein helps in better blood sugar control, prevents muscle loss during workout and also is good for bone health.
Protein is also helpful in preventing weight gain because it prevents hunger and appetite by inducing feelings of fullness. Investigations show that eating a diet rich in protein has been helpful in weight management.
One study compared the effect of eating protein rich healthy snacks like yogurt with unhealthy snacks like chocolate and crackers, it was seen that protein rich snacks not only prevent cravings and reduced appetite but also resulted in eating about 150 less calories throughout the day.
Studies also suggest that high protein snacks result in diet induced thermogenesis, which result in burning more calories and keeps weight in check.
Skyr is rich in calcium and essential minerals. Most of the calcium is found in the bones and teeth but there is some that is found in the blood too. While collagen in what forms the main structure of the bones, calcium and phosphorus is what makes them stronger.
In teenager and children, it is observed that calcium intake is related to increased bone growth and density. As you age, the bones start losing its density making them weak and porous, this condition is known as osteoporosis.
Research shows that eating foods rich in calcium can protect against calcium loss. One study found that eating calcium rich food like dairy protected against bone loss, the study was 3 years long. In another study of elderly women, it was observed that supplementing on calcium for long term, reversed the age related bone loss there are plenty of foods that are rich in calcium, but one serving of skyr provides about 20% of your daily calcium intake recommendation.
Heart disease is the biggest killer worldwide, accounting for almost 31% of the deaths worldwide. Fortunately, there are dairy foods like skyr that reduce the risk of heart problems because of their high number of certain minerals like calcium, potassium and magnesium, which are important for heart health.
One 24 years’ Japanese study found that for each 100 grams of dairy consumed, the risk of dying from heart disease reduced 14%. It also supports heart health by reducing the blood pressure. One study found that dairy products consumption thrice a day significantly reduced blood pressure.
Skyr is also good for controlling blood sugar. it is high in protein and low in carbs. When you eat carbs, your digestive system breaks them down in sugar, which are then transported to the blood where a hormone insulin produced by the pancreas transports it into the cells and uses them as energy. However, if you eat too many carbs, this process doesn’t work that efficiently and can lead to high blood sugar.
Eating diet rich in protein, slows down the absorption of carbs and prevents blood sugar spikes. It also keeps blood sugar on the lower side. One study compared high protein diet and normal protein diet, researchers found that replacing high carb foods with protein resulted in great reductions in blood sugar readings and lead to better control.
Skyr is a very healthy and nutritious food with plenty of health benefits. Certain people may want to speak to their doctor before including it in their diet, these include people who are allergic to casein, whey and lactose intolerant people. Overall, it is a wonderful addition to your diet.
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