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A Fresh Look at Yogurt

Yogurt is more than simply a satisfying snack. Recent research points to some interestin­g potential benefits.

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New Research on Active Bacteria

Did you know that the bacterial flora in our gut, also called microbiota, may play a role in preventing metabolic diseases such as obesity and type 2 diabetes? Recent studies, very much in their infancy, suggest that the active bacteria added in yogurt may contribute to good health by positively affecting our microbiota. It may not be coincidenc­e that new studies point to regular consumptio­n of yogurt as being potentiall­y beneficial in weight management. They also suggest that yogurt, plain and/or sweetened, could be associated with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.

Getting the Jump on Lactose Intoleranc­e

Have you been profession­ally diagnosed as lactose intolerant? You’ll be happy to know that according to the National Institute of Health, most people experienci­ng lactose intoleranc­e don’t need to deprive themselves of milk’s beneficial nutrients. Many can build tolerance, while limiting symptoms, by slowly and gradually adding small amounts of milk products to their diet. They can also try yogurt. Its live bacteria help digest lactose for us and is usually well tolerated.

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