Is It Ok to Eat Yogurt at Night ?

The health benefits of yogurt are known to almost everyone. Health conscious individuals include this by-product of curdled milk routinely with their everyday meals. Plain homemade yogurt is rich in calcium, protein, potassium, and vitamin D that keep your bones and teeth robust for years, boost your immunity, and allay obesity. Nevertheless yogurt, like any other healthy food item, apart from its numerous pros has some cons as well that one needs to be aware of.

The Drawbacks Of Yogurt Consumption At Night

One drawback or disadvantage associated with yogurt has to do with its consumption at night. Many nutritionists, dietitians, health & fitness experts, and even die-hard adherents of Ayurveda medicinal system are not in favor of taking curd at night and for good reasons. For a start, yogurt is prone to quick fermentation, and consuming the same at night might lead to indigestion, especially because your digestive system is weakest during night-time.

The Adverse Effects Of Taking Yogurt During Night-Time

You should refrain from eating curd after sunset, particularly if you’re susceptible to common cold or asthma or suffer from certain skin disorders. Regular or periodic consumption of condensed curdled milk without first moderating it by adding rock-sugar, gooseberries, honey or black-pepper can cause constipation, oedema, dizziness, epistaxis, and anemia. Regular or excessive partaking of yogurt at night can make you overweight, increase LDL cholesterol in your bloodstream, and can be a causative factor for heart diseases.

However, if you prefer including yogurt more often with your regular meals and are a fairly healthy individual, then exercise caution before you tuck into this wholesome food. For instance, carefully go through the ingredients listing printed on the packs before making a purchase decision.

Downsides Of Saturated Fat And Sugar

If you’re following a structured dieting regimen in order to burn fat or are suffering from Type-2 diabetes, you should stay away from processed yogurts, especially the flavored ones. A single cup serving of yogurt, even the plain or the home-produced variety has approximately 5g of saturated fat that can hike up the LDL cholesterol in your blood. On the other hand, yogurt curdled from skimmed milk is virtually free from saturated fat yet contains all nutrients abounding in yogurt processed from whole milk.

Then again, various yogurt tetra-packs available in supermarkets have high artificial sugar content. This is over and above the natural 11 grams of sugar that is inherent in every standardized cup serving. Consuming these packaged yogurts will not only raise your calorific levels but unwarranted spike triglyceride levels. So, you’d be better off sticking to yogurt packs that have low fat and sugar content. However, the healthiest option would be to go for plain yogurt sweetening the same with a teaspoon of table sugar or honey or adding finely chopped slices of strawberries.

In conclusion, it can be convincingly inferred that yogurt consumption at night should be in very limited amount, and one should make it a point to temper it with some natural additives. However, regular or daily intake of yogurt with or without adding flavorings should be a strict no-no.

Kanika Kothari

A homemaker by choice, a marketing enthusiast and content curator by vocation, I believe in making things happen. After working in leading MNCs and media houses, I wanted to work for myself at my own pace. Working from home I still love to contribute in my own way. Writing to me is like thinking with my fingers.

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