Yogurt Do’s and Don’ts

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Do’s with Yogurt

  • When mixing into cooked grains, vegetables, or soups, gradually stir in the yogurt after turning off the heat; otherwise it will break up and curdle.
  • For most people, the best time of day to eat yogurt is between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when digestion is strongest.
  • Sprinkle yogurt with a pinch of nutmeg or cinnamon to aid digestion.

Don’ts with Yogurt

  • Do not mix yogurt (in a dish or a meal) with fruit, nightshades, leafy greens, or milk—these combinations put a heavy load on your digestive fire and may lead to imbalances.
  • Avoid eating yogurt at night—it might be too much for your digestion. I’ve seen Ayurvedic doctors make exceptions by recommending ½ cup yogurt mixed with 1 teaspoon honey to be taken before bedtime. This sleep-inducing remedy only works for individuals with Fiery digestion!
  • Discard any partially fermented yogurt (when it has the signs of fermentation but it’s still quite liquid). This substance will aggravate everyone’s physiology. It might break your heart to waste it, but better that than increased toxins in your body.
  • Refrain from eating old yogurt. It will not only increase acidity but may also cause flatulence, inflammation, water retention, or problems with urination.
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