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Five Reasons to Eat Yogurt

Science now affirms our ancestors' ancient belief: Yogurt is a health food.

Here are good reasons to eat yogurt, say experts:

  1. Lose weight. 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. Ease arthritis. Yogurt may be an anti-inflammatory and a treatment for arthritis, Israeli research finds. Rats fed yogurt before injections with arthritis-causing chemicals developed no arthritis or only mild symptoms. In arthritic rats, yogurt lessened symptoms, producing a "remarkable ... curative effect," researchers concluded.
  3. Cut risk of 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.
  4. Fight bacteria. 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.
  5. Help your gut. Anyone with lactose intolerance, constipation, diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease or even food allergies probably could benefit from eating yogurt, concludes a new review of dozens of previous studies. Example: Giving children yogurt may reduce the duration of diarrhea.

Tips for buying yogurt:

  • Check labels for "live and active cultures."
  • Buy plain low-fat yogurt and add your own fruit. This saves money and calories.
  • Try kefir, a fermented "milkshake" with the same expected benefits as yogurt.

Copyright 2005 Jean Carper. Printed first in USA Weekend. All rights reserved.

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Jan. 28, 2010 9:12 pm
Hello Everyone, We are so glad, how Nancy has ben helped, with all the information she needed to know on some health issues. We are senior citizens and all your recipes and again, info has been so great. God bless and keep up the good work and help to all. Respectfully, Nancy & Jerry
Jan. 30, 2010 8:21 am
Does anyone have a good recipe for homemade greek yogurt?
Jan. 8, 2011 11:25 am
Seabreeze I make my favorite yogurt recipe and strain it in a cheesecloth. Throw the whey away (a-whey?) and you have delicious homemade greek yogurt! You can use the whey to make sauerkraut....
Nov. 11, 2011 5:46 pm
I purchased a yogurt maker recently and I tried making yogurt with a starter, but it did not get very firm... can anyone say why this happened?
Feb. 17, 2012 11:36 am
I would like to make yogurt but when do you put the fruit or other flavors in? Do you mix it all in the beginning or after it is done.
Mar. 3, 2012 2:53 pm
I believe kefir is better that your yogurt. If you have a chance to use kefir please do.
Apr. 20, 2012 12:34 pm
I have a 'strange addiction' to yogurt. I have been eating non-fat plain yogurt for breakfast, nearly every day for about 15 years. I make a parfait of frozen fruit (mango or raspberries from Trader Joe's my fave) then a layer of about a cup of the yogurt and top with 1/2 to 3/4 cup of lowfat almond granola (Trader Joe's again has a great one). By the time I am ready to eat this at work, the fruit is thawed but has kept the meal cold in my container. Stir it well and break up the fruit--you will understand why this is my fave breakfast. Nothing compares. Oh, and if you like, throw all of this in a blender with a frozen banana and a little fruit juice to get it blending. To DIE for. Yes, my yogurt and me--inseparable.
Apr. 20, 2012 12:36 pm
PS I had a yogurt maker and made it at home quite a few times. I found it was not worth the time or work and the cost of milk so high anyway, it wasn't saving me much of anything. The home made stuff is definitely runnier too.
Jan. 3, 2013 8:45 pm
Too much starter added to your milk can make your yogurt runny. Not allowing your yogurt to ferment long enough is another reason it may be runny. I have been making yogurt for many years with milk from our cows and goats. A 2 quart electric yogurt maker is my choice of fermenting.
Sep. 13, 2013 9:06 am
Lived in the Middle East for many years and love the sour, tangy variety of plain yoghurt--getting harder to find. Don't throw away the whey. I use it for smoothies and a wonderful addition to pancakes and waffles. I've read that the whey is the healthiest part of the yoghurt. I believe it's the secret to great waffles. When the grandkids choose Grandma's waffles over McDonalds, I know I am doing something right!
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