A cup of yogurt a day boosts immune function and helps reduce the incidence and severity of colds, hay fever and other infections. (ivillage article – 10 reasons to Eat Dairy)
Lactobacillus Casei – a strain of friendly bacteria found in cultured foods like yogurt, improved the immune response and ability to fight off pneumonia in an (animal study) published in the journal of Nutrition. (WHF- Article)
A human study confirmed that a daily serving of probiotic-rich yogurt bolsters your body’s ability to protect you from infection.
A cup of yogurt a day can greatly improve your cholesterol profile. (WHF- Article)
A study published in Obesity Research suggests that calcium’s weight loss benefits extend to adults as well. If you’re trying to lose weight, especially around the midsection, eating more calcium-rich foods, especially low fat dairy foods such as cow’s yogurt may really help. (WHF- Article)
For example, in just 3 months, 16 obese men and women on a reduced calorie diet that included three daily portions of yogurt lost 61% more fat and 81% more abdominal fat than 18 obese subjects assigned to a diet with the same number of calories but little or no dairy products and low amounts of calcium. (WHF- Article)
Yogurt is an excellent source of calcium which is critical for bone growth, development and maintenance at every stage of life, especially for children. (Risk World.com – article)
It plays a significant role in the prevention of osteoporosis, which afflicts one out of two women and one out of eight men.
(Risk World.com – article)
Yogurt is a good source of protein. An average eight-ounce serving provides approximately 20 percent of the Daily Value for protein.
(Risk World.com – article)
Yogurt with seals indicating live and active cultures have been found by scientists that they may help with digestion, boost immunity, fight infection, and protect against cancer.
YOGURT PROTECTS DIABETICS?
Gabe Mirkin, M.D.
When blood sugar levels rise too high in a diabetic, sugar sticks to cells to be converted to a poison called sorbitol that destroys the cell to cause blindness, deafness, heart attacks, strokes, and kidney damage. Diabetics should restrict foods that cause a high rise in blood sugar, particularly those made from flour and with added sugar.
Researchers in Lund, Sweden wanted to find out how various milk products would affect the rise in blood sugar caused by eating bread. They found that regular milk and fresh cucumbers did not prevent the high rise in blood sugar that follows eating bread, but that yogurt or pickled cucumber prevented the high rise in blood sugar. They feel that acids in yogurt and pickled foods help to prevent the high rise in blood sugar that follows eating foods made from flour and sugar. If further studies confirm this one, diabetics may be able to eat bread safely if they take it with fermented milk or pickled products. Until then, diabetics should severely restrict the foods that cause a high rise in blood sugar, such as bakery products, pastas, foods with lots of sugar such a fruit juices. See report #D222.
Inconsistency between glycemic and insulinemic responses to regular and fermented milk products. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2001, Vol 74, Iss 1, pp 96-100. EM Ostman, HGML Elmstahl, IME Bjorck. Address: Ostman EM, Univ Lund, Ctr Chem & Chem Engn, Dept Appl Nutr & Food Chem, POB 124, SE-22100 Lund, SWEDEN
Improve lactose intolerance:
(From Article in National Dairy Council)
Why is yogurt beneficial for individuals with lactose Intolerance?
Many yogurts contain lower amounts of lactose than milk. As yogurt ferments, some of the lactose (milk’s sugar) changes to lactic acid. Importantly, starter cultures in yogurt may produce the enzyme lactase, which digests lactose. Yogurts semi-solid state also contributes to improved tolerance to lactose.
The live and active cultures found in yogurt break down lactose in milk. This allows lactose intolerant individuals who commonly experience gastrointestinal discomfort when they consume milk products to eat yogurt and receive the nutrients contained in the milk product without the side effects of abdominal cramping, bloating and diarrhea. (from AboutYogurt.com)
General Fact from (Risk World.com – article):
As many as 50 million Americans suffer from high blood pressure, or hypertension, which increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease. Yogurt delivers calcium, potassium and magnesium – three nutrients that have been shown to reduce hypertension!!!