Yoghurt Good for Health

Don’t dump the yoghurt when dieting.  That’s the “take away” advice after two studies showing including yoghurt in your daily diet:
  • Reduces your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes
  • Helps you lose belly fat
Eating five pots of yoghurt a week reduced the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by 28 per cent, a recent UK study into dairy consumption has shown.
Eating similar-sized servings of other low-fat fermented dairy products, like low-fat cottage cheese and fromage frais, was almost as effective, reducing Type 2 diabetes risk by 24 per cent.

Belly Fat Vanished

Earlier research showed adding yoghurt to a low calorie diet helped people lose belly fat.
University of Tennessee scientist Michael Zemel, PhD, put 34 obese people on a low-calorie diet. Sixteen of them took 400 to 500g calcium capsules daily, while the rest of the group ate a higher calcium diet in the form of enough yoghurt to give them 1,100 mg of calcium daily.
After 12 weeks, the yogurt group lost about 4536g (10 pounds) of fat while the comparison group had lost 2720g (6 pounds.)
But while the yogurt eaters' waists shrank by more than 3.8 cm (1.5 inches) the comparison subjects lost about 0.6cm (a quarter of an inch) from their waist size.
Body scans showed 60 per cent of the yogurt eaters' weight loss was belly fat, while only 26 per cent of the comparison group's loss was belly fat.
And the yoghurt eaters were twice as successful in maintaining lean muscle mass.

Why Is Yoghurt Good For You?

The researchers seem to agree that high calcium content is one of the reasons yoghurt is good for health.
The UK scientists suggested yoghurt reduced Type 2 diabetes risk because of vitamin D, calcium and magnesium content.
 
In addition, they said, fermented dairy products may exert beneficial effects through supporting probiotic bacteria and a special form of vitamin K (part of the menaquinone family) associated with fermentation.
 

How Much Yoghurt Should I Eat?

The UK study calculated consuming on average four and a half 125g servings of yoghurt a week was effective in reducing diabetes risk.
US researcher Michael Zemel says that dieters should eat three servings of fat-free or low fat dairy products every day.
Earlier studies showed that calcium -- especially dairy calcium -- slows down the body's fat-making process.
"The moral of the calcium story is to not dump dairy when you're dieting," Zemel told WebMD. "Not only is it critical to keep your calcium levels high so you won't lose bone density, it will also help you maintain your muscle mass and increase your fat loss."