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Bacteria in yoghurt good for health — Microbiologist

Dr Amina Ahmed, a Lecturer in Department of Microbiology, University of Ilorin, says the bacteria in yoghurt is good for health.

Yogurt is a popular fermented milk product containing both Lactobacillus bulgaricus and
Streptococcus thermophilus cultures.

It is produced by bacterial fermentation of milk, and the bacteria used to make yogurt is known as yogurt cultures.

Ahmed, therefore, said that the living bacteria known as probiotics could help to keep the intestines healthy.

According to her, yogurt products that go through heat treatment have no active bacteria as it reduces the health benefits.

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She added that “the health benefits can include promoting bone health and aiding digestion. Yoghurt is rich in probiotics, which support your immune system and improve digestive health by maintaining levels of ‘good bacteria’ in the gut.”

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