Healthy Bones Brought to You by Yogurt

Recent research is leading health professionals to proclaim that yogurt may be good for your bones. Dairy has been linked to bone health for decades, but the research is uncovering that the best source of dairy for bone health is actually yogurt. Yogurt eaters have even been reported to perform better when given physical fitness tests.

Eamon J. Laird, a researcher at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, spoke with The New York Times about the apparent benefits of yogurt. Yogurt is a great source of Vitamin D, calcium, B vitamins, proteins, and probiotics.

In Ireland, lead author Laird and colleagues, tracked the diet of 4,130 Irish adults 60 and older. The team used advanced technology like X-rays and M.R.I. to examine each individuals physical abilities and bone health. It was determined that daily yogurt consumption increased bone mineral density by 3 to 4 percent.

Yogurt consumption drastically reduced the risk of osteoporosis in men with a 52% decrease. Yogurt consumption also significantly decreased the risk of osteoporosis in women with a 39% decrease. Both of these findings were based on the requirement that the individual was consuming yogurt as a part of their daily diet.

Lairds research was observational so a direct correlation between yogurt consumption and increased health cannot be declared. However, a strong association exists between the two, suggesting that yogurt consumption is beneficial for physical health.

An important detail to note is that in Laird’s research, other dairy products did not produce the same effects as yogurt. Given the complexity of the nutrients yogurt has to offer, individuals may be benefiting more from this particular dairy product because they are receiving so many nutrients in one compact dish.

Health professionals, like Laird, also note that it is important to pay attention to sugar content in your favorite yogurt. Many yogurts are quite high in sugar, so if you are consuming this food to reap its health benefits then you’ll want to avoid yogurt with high sugar content.

 

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