The Benefits of Yogurt for Diabetes, Plus Finding the Healthiest Brands
Quality yogurt provides nutrients such as calcium and B vitamins, and stimulates the growth of beneficial gut bacteria required for good digestion and overall well being.
Studies show this combination of nutrients and good bacteria may also help with type 2 diabetes prevention, and reduce the risk of some diabetes related health issues:
Research from the Harvard School of Public Health indicates that even a small serving of yogurt every day may reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 18 percent.
After following 2,000 people over 15 years, an American Heart Association study found that consuming just 6 ounces of yogurt about every three days was associated with a 31 percent reduced likelihood of developing high blood pressure.
Various studies show that those who eat yogurt regularly tend to gain less weigh over time.
Consuming probiotic yogurt has been linked to overall improvements in mood and mental health, and may help alleviate the anxiety or depression that sometimes makes diabetes management more difficult.
So, while enjoying yogurt will not cure any of our ills, it may help us manage some of them; however, not all yogurt is created alike.
High Quality, Low Sugar Yogurt
Much of the yogurt sold commercially in the U.S. is more dessert than health food. The sugar content alone, often more than 20 grams per serving, may negate the benefits of a scant bacteria supply. Many brands also use artificial sweeteners, artificial colors and flavors, thickeners, and other not so healthy additives.
The highest quality yogurts are typically organic brands that use whole milk Continue reading