Science now affirms our ancestors’ ancient belief: Yogurt is a health food.
Here are 4 reasons to reach for some yogurt every morning.
1) Yogurt Might Boost Your Weight loss Efforts
Michael Zemel, a researcher at the University of Tennessee, found that obese people who added three servings of low-fat yogurt daily to their diets lost 22% more weight and 61% more body fat than did non-yogurt eaters. Zemel mainly credits yogurt’s high calcium with melting fat while preserving lean tissue mass.
2) Yogurt Helps Fight Bad Bacteria and Protect the Good
Yogurt may suppress H. pylori infections, a cause of peptic ulcers, chronic gastritis and possibly stomach cancer, according to new research from Taiwan. After 59 infected people ate a cup of yogurt twice a day for six weeks, bacteria concentrations dropped more than 35% and the severity of infections significantly lessened.
3) Yogurt Intake May Curb Allergies
Children who ate 3 1/2 ounces of yogurt containing the bacteria, L. casei, a day for a year had fewer attacks of allergic rhinitis, or hay fever, in an Italian study. New Finnish research shows that women who ate probiotics found in yogurt from the eighth month of pregnancy had babies who were less prone to allergies.
4) Cut Risk for Colon Cancer
In a French study, people who ate the most yogurt had half as many pre-cancerous colon polyps as those who ate no yogurt. In animals, yogurt blocked the progression of colon cancer, and DNA damage from meat chemicals that can initiate colon cancer.