What Are the Benefits of Yogurt for Women?

Yogurt is nutrient-dense, containing high amounts of protein, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc and vitamin B-12. Women who eat yogurt regularly generally have a better overall diet quality than those who don’t consume yogurt, according to a study published in 2013 in “Nutrition Research.” Several specific benefits exist for women who regularly consume yogurt.

Reduced Disease Risks

Women who eat yogurt often have fewer chronic-disease risk factors, which can enhance their quality of life and increase their life expectancy. The 2013 study in “Nutrition Research” reports that eating yogurt regularly is associated with lower blood pressure, blood glucose and triglyceride levels — and less insulin resistance compared with not eating yogurt. This means female yogurt consumers may have a lower chance of developing chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes.

Appetite Control

Protein, abundant in yogurt, helps increase satiety – and therefore helps women control their overall calorie intake for healthy weight management. A 2013 study published in “Appetite” found that women who consumed an afternoon snack of high-protein Greek yogurt – containing 24 grams of protein in each portion – had increased fullness, better appetite control and experienced delayed subsequent eating compared with women who consumed a lower-protein afternoon snack.

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