Greek Yogurt: An excellent addition if you want to lose weight, Greek yogurt is packed with essential nutrients and packs in a lot of protein as well. But avoid high-cal, fruit flavored varieties which contain a lot of added sugars.

A study has shown that including yogurt in your diet can lower the risk of Type 2 Diabetes. Consumption of 28g of yogurt everyday can lower the risk of diabetes by 18 percent according to the study. Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition that occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin, or the body’s cells develop resistance to insulin. It has been shown that probiotic bacteria found in yogurt improve fat profiles and antioxidant status in diabetics and the researchers suggest this could have a risk-lowering effect in developing the condition.

The researchers pooled the results of three prospective cohort studies that followed the medical history and lifestyle habits of health professionals. The study involved a total of 289,900 participants. Within the three cohorts, 15,156 cases of Type 2 diabetes were identified during the follow-up period. When adjusting for chronic disease risk factors such as age and BMI (body mass index) as well as dietary factors, it was found that high consumption of yogurt was associated with a lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. The findings were confirmed when the authors conducted a meta-analysis, incorporating their results and other published studies up to March 2013.

The study appeared in the journal, BMC Medicine.

Source: IANS