Study finds link between yogurt, balanced diet

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It’s yet another win for yogurt lovers after a new study found that those who regularly consume the popular dairy product were getting more nutrients and maintained a better over-all diet than those who  aren’t yogurt fans.

The study, which was published in the journal Nutrition Research, looked at nutritional data collected from more than 6,500 adults between the ages of 19 and 89. Study participants were asked to fill out a 126-item questionnaire.

More than half of the participants ate yogurt, though women were more likely than men to eat it. An average of two and one-quarter cups of yogurt were consumed weekly.

After analyzing the data, researchers found that regular consumption of yogurt had a better diet and higher potassium intakes. There were also “48 percent less likely to have inadequate levels of calcium; 38 percent less likely to be deficient in magnesium; and 55 percent less apt to have shortfalls of vitamin B12, a nutrient lacking in some older people's diets.”

"We found that yogurt consumers had higher intakes of just about every nutrient we measured," study author Paul Jacques of Tufts University told Fox News. "If people substitute yogurt for less healthy foods in the diet, it may help eliminate the inadequate intake of shortfall nutrients."

Read, “Yogurt lovers have better diets.”

This isn’t the first time that yogurt has been hailed as a nutritional super food. Other research has tied the popular dairy product to weight loss, immune system booster and a way to fight stress. Last year, a study also found that yogurt helped mice lose weight while improving their love life. Read more here.



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