Researchers from the United Kingdom have found that the consumption of low-fat yogurt on a daily basis can reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes by 28 percent. With this in mind, retailers have been busy stocking up on the healthy snack, due to the increase in the popularity of low-fat yogurt. In addition to that, it was found that the consumption of low-fat fermented dairy products – including cheeses – can help in fighting the illness.
The new study has been published in the journal Diabetologia on February 5, 2014 and it followed 4,000 people during the period of 11 years to investigate their dietary habits. People who consumed the most yogurt had a 28 percent decreased risk of developing diabetes, compared to those who did not eat it at all. The International Diabetes Federation said that the disease has affected 382 million people across the globe and the number will only continue to increase.
The participants of the study who had the highest reduction in diabetes risk consumed an average of four and a half 4-ounce servings of low-fat yogurt each week. Dairy products contain a number of nutrients, including calcium, vitamin D and magnesium and yogurt also has specific types of vitamin K and probiotic bacteria, which help in combating the illness.
It has been determined that people who have the habit of snacking on yogurt tend to be healthier in the first place.
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