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10 Surprising Health Benefits of Yogurt

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7. A daily serving of yogurt keeps colds away.

Dig into four ounces each day and you may find yourself sniffle-free in the months ahead, according to a study at the University of Vienna. Women eating this amount had much stronger and more active T cells, which battle illness and infection, than they did before they started consuming it. "The healthy bacteria in yogurt help send signals to the immune-boosting cells in your body to power up and fight off harmful bugs," says lead study author Alexa Meyer, PhD, a nutrition researcher at the university. Allergy sufferers, who typically have low levels of certain T cells, may also find relief by adding yogurt to their diets. In a study in the Journal of Nutrition, people who ate seven ounces a day had fewer symptoms than those who opted for none at all.

8. Yogurt can help your smile.

Despite its sugar content, yogurt doesn't cause cavities. When scientists at Marmara University in Turkey tested low-fat, light, and fruit flavors, they found that none of them eroded tooth enamel, the main cause of decay. The lactic acid in yogurt appears to give your gums protection as well. People who eat at least two ounces a day have a 60 percent lower risk of acquiring severe periodontal disease than those who skip it.

9. Raw doesn't mean better.

Virtually all the yogurt in your grocery store has been pasteurized -- that is, exposed to high temperatures to kill any harmful pathogens. Raw-dairy fans claim that unpasteurized milk, yogurt, and cheese are better for you because they contain more health-boosting bacteria, but pasteurization doesn't destroy beneficial probiotics, Newgent explains. Plus, studies show that those who eat raw yogurt don't have stronger immune or digestive systems than people who stick to the pasteurized stuff. And raw-dairy products carry a risk of food poisoning. "E. coli and salmonella are two of the pathogens that can lurk in these foods and end up in your body," Newgent says.

10. Yogurt is a high-protein food.

Yogurt can be an excellent source of protein, but "one variety may contain more than double the protein of another," Blatner says. Greek yogurt, which is strained to make it thicker, has up to 20 grams of protein per container; traditional yogurt may have as few as five grams. If you're eating it for the protein, look for brands that provide at least eight to 10 grams per serving.

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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. http://www.salemdentistry.net/wp/procedures/

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
kudiphil wrote:

thanks

5/23/2012 08:16:17 PM Report Abuse
chien1031 wrote:

Regarding the best brand, I heard that greek yogurt is the healthiest or plain lowfat yogurt is better than the fruit on the bottom kinds.

4/19/2011 04:29:53 PM Report Abuse

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