Women who eat yogurt stay at healthier weight, study

by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
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MINNEAPOLIS — A study of about 3,000 women conducted by The General Mills Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition suggests that women who eat yogurt frequently are less likely to be overweight and more likely to meet recommended daily intake of nutrients.

"Obesity continues to be a leading health risk for Americans of all ages," said Ann Albertson, senior nutrition scientist at the Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition. "Our findings build on previous studies and offer good news for yogurt eaters. Yogurt is a food that’s portable, portion controlled, nutrient rich and easy to add to a meal or enjoy as a snack. It provides a good source of calcium and other essential nutrients that women need for optimum health."

The study found that women who ate three or more servings of yogurt over a two-week period had on average a 15% lower body mass index than women who didn’t consume any yogurt. In addition, women who ate three or more servings had better nutrient intakes and were less likely to fall short on nutrients such as calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B-12 and more. The study also found women eat yogurt mainly for breakfast and lunch but also consume it less frequently for a snack or at dinner.

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