Ancient Food Cures: Reduce Bloating
In this new series, Registered Dietitian Fiorella DiCarlo goes back in time to ancient civilizations to find enduring food cures for the modern world. In this video, she looks to Ancient Greece to cure the centuries old problem of bloating.
Marketed as one of the most healthy food products and a substitute for higher fat items like sour cream and richer in flavor and texture than most American made yogurt, the general population forget "Greek yogurt" or strained yogurt has been a part of ancient civilization and cuisines for centuries. It is still unknown when yogurt was "created" but the origins of yogurt can be dated back to 5000 BC. Many ancient cultures in the Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe have adapted and created some form of "strained yogurt" to yield a thicker, richer and creamier yogurt.There's a reason why yogurt and honey has commonly been referred to as "food of the gods." As early as 129 AD, texts from ancient Greece noted a dairy product known as oxygala, or a form of yogurt, being eaten with honey.
Today one of the most popular types of strained yogurt is Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt has been on the rise over the past 20 years. This dairy product rich touts many nutritional benefits including promoting digestive health with its probiotic content and as a source of calcium and vitamin D for bone health, Probiotics are live microorganisms or good bacteria that can help support your body's own gut bacteria, which can improve digestion, immunity, metabolism and even skin health. A diet rich in probiotics can help alleviate any tummy troubles including bloating! Remember a healthy gut is a happy gut!
Eat "the food of the gods" and help support your gut health by trying this simple recipe with Greek yogurt!
2% Greek Yogurt
Dollop heaping spoonfuls of Greek yogurt into a bowl. Drizzle honey to desired sweetness. Add chopped figs. Top with lemon zest and rosemary. Enjoy immediately!
Greek Yogurt: lean protein, contains probiotics or good bacteria needed for gut health and a great source of calcium and vitamin D for bone health
Honey: anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties to also help reduce bloating
Figs: rich in fiber,which contains prebiotic components to promote a probiotic activity in your gut, to help reduce water retention and promote regular bowel movements
Rosemary: anti-inflammatory properties to aid digestion and reduce bloating
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