Yogurt is creamy and delicious. It makes the perfect after-school or midnight snack. You can eat it for breakfast or you can eat it for dessert. You can bake it or you can freeze it. And now we have one more reason to love it. A recent study suggests that trading in a snack you’d normally eat—like chips, cookies, or cake—for a serving of low-fat yogurt once a day, can dramatically reduce your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.
The study was rigorous. For over 11 years, researchers monitored the food diaries of over 11,000 people. The research showed that those who consumed the most low-fat, low-sugar yogurt had a lower risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes than those who consumed the least. The study also grouped low-fat cottage cheese into the low-fat yogurt bucket.
Eating low-fat, low-sugar yogurt has several other health benefits. The nutrients like calcium, potassium, protein, and phosphorus, in yogurt are essential to human health. The probiotics in yogurt are healthy bacteria that aid in digestion and maintaining regularity. Plus, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend adults and children ages 9 and older include 3 servings of dairy foods in their daily eating plan, and yogurt is an easy way to meet the daily requirement.
Yogurt is a dairy food you’ve always loved, and now you can enjoy it even more, knowing that it’s something you and your body can feel good about eating.