Yogurt: The gift that keeps on giving
Health benefits from yogurt has always been known to many but recent study conducted by the University Of Wisconsin (UW)-Madison showed that it could also help with weight loss.
Though traditional yogurt has long been established to promote good bacteria in the digestive system. The latest study, published in the May 2018 issue of the Journal of Nutrition, focuses on a different aspect of research.
The research, led by Brad Bolling, Ph.D., assistant professor of food science at UW-Madison, sought to uncover the effect yogurt on postmeal metabolism.
The subjects were presented with a high-calorie challenge meal designed to stress their metabolism. This high-fat, high-carbohydrate breakfast was given to the women at the beginning and end of the nine-week trial, expressly for the purpose of overloading their systems.
“It was two sausage muffins and two hash browns, for a total of 900 calories. Half of the group ate a serving of yogurt before eating the other food, while the other half consumed soy pudding.” Bolling stated, in an article published by ProHeealth.com.
Researchers noted that postmeal glucose levels dropped more quickly in obese women within the yogurt group, suggesting improved glucose metabolism.
As per the results, Ruisong Pei, a UW-Madison food science postdoctoral researcher, said “eating 8 ounces of low-fat yogurt before a meal is a feasible strategy to improve postmeal metabolism and thus may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.”
According to ProHeaalth.com, the study said research was funded by the National Dairy Council. While the current body of work is thought-provoking, more studies are needed to validate the potential metabolic-boosting effects of yogurt.