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10 Surprising Health Benefits of Yogurt

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Yogurt's got power-boosting protein and bone-building calcium. It can also help you lose weight and fend off a cold. Here's the scoop on the benefits of yogurt -- and how much you should eat. Whether you opt for greek yogurt, organic or soy you'll starting seeing results instantly.

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1. Yogurt can give you flat abs.

Eat 18 ounces a day and you can drop a jeans size. People who ate that much -- in conjunction with cutting their total calories -- lost 22 percent more weight and 81 percent more belly fat than dieters who skipped the snack, according to research from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. They also retained one-third more calorie-torching lean muscle mass, which can help you maintain weight loss. "Fat around your waist produces the hormone cortisol, which tells your body to accumulate even more belly flab," says nutrition professor and lead study author Michael Zemel, PhD. When you eat yogurt, the calcium signals your fat cells to pump out less cortisol, making it easier for you to drop pounds, while the amino acids help burn fat.

2. Most brands of yogurt contain good-for-you bacteria.

The words "live and active cultures" on the container mean that your yogurt has probiotics, beneficial bugs that live in your digestive tract and help crowd out harmful microorganisms that can cause intestinal infections. (Only a very small number of companies put yogurt through a post-pasteurization process that kills off all bacteria.)

But many varieties now also contain special strains of probiotics meant to help regulate your digestion or strengthen your immune system. The research on them isn't conclusive, however. "If you suffer from a particular health problem, like bloating or diarrhea, it's worth trying one of these products for a couple of weeks to see if it helps," says FITNESS advisory board member Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD. Otherwise, save a few dollars and stick to conventional brands.

3. Yogurt is loaded with vitamins.

One serving is a significant source of potassium, phosphorous, riboflavin, iodine, zinc, and vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid). Yogurt also contains B12, which maintains red blood cells and helps keep your nervous system functioning properly. "Vitamin B12 is found mostly in animal products, such as chicken and fish, so strict vegetarians can easily fall short," says Jackie Newgent, RD, a FITNESS advisory board member and author of Big Green Cookbook. Eating more yogurt can help close the nutrient gap: An eight-ounce serving contains 1.4 micrograms of the vitamin, about 60 percent of what adult women need daily.

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drlubega wrote:

That is very true of Yogurt and you can also try Paleo diet.Read more at

8/7/2014 05:50:38 PM Report Abuse
mohammedkhairy wrote:

Some researches showed that yogurt helps people to lose weight because suppress appetite and makes you consume less calories Zabadi Yogurt diet

7/2/2014 06:07:26 PM Report Abuse
cmcpoyle1 wrote:

I have also heard about the benefits of eating yogurt. It can reduce gum disease because of the lactic acid. This is why I try to have yogurt at home at all times.

4/11/2014 04:36:48 PM Report Abuse
stanview7 wrote:

Talking about eating healthy, cooking healthy is also very important. When cooked with metal or ceramic ware there is always risk of metal or chemicals getting into our food. I found a way to go round it and cook healthy with clay pots. I got mine from MEC pure clay cookware and tried to prepare yogurt at home, it tasted better and I could immediately see the difference

1/31/2014 10:13:48 AM Report Abuse
chioma12 wrote:

i totally agree usually have at least two cans 5.3 oz of Greek yogurt everyday. maybe that is why i don't struggle with the bulge.

3/15/2013 08:15:57 AM Report Abuse

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