Eating Yogurt Might Reduce Heart Disease Risk
Add yogurt to your diet and you may reduce your risk of heart disease. For an average of 20 years per study participant, Finnish researchers tracked the health and diets of 1,981 middle-aged men without heart disease. About 5 percent had diabetes. Those who reported eating the largest amount of low-fat fermented dairy products, such as yogurt, kefir, and buttermilk, were 27 percent less likely to develop heart disease than participants who consumed the least. Why? Healthy, heart-protective bacteria added during the fermentation process may play a role. The study doesn’t prove cause and effect, however. Another component of the fermented dairy products may have caused the benefit, or other factors in common among those who ate the most fermented dairy may have been in play. Not all yogurts contain probiotics, so if you want to sneak probiotics into your diet, look for “live and active cultures” on the label. Some brands that make the cut: Activia, Chobani, Fage, Siggi’s, Skyr, and Stonyfield.
Source: British Journal of Nutrition, Oct. 29, 2018