Whether you enjoy it as a part of your breakfast or as an afternoon snack, there’s nothing quite like tucking into a deliciously creamy yogurt (this is our favorite brand). But could there be more to this tasty snack than meets the eye? The benefits of eating yogurt are already widely reported, and yet brand new research has uncovered a surprising new addition to add to the list.
About the study
Regularly eating yogurt could help to keep your heart healthy. That is, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Hypertension, which found that the more of the stuff you eat, the lower your risk of heart disease is if you have high blood pressure. Since thousands and thousands of people in the U.S. now suffer from high blood pressure, this research could shed new light on one of the ways they can cope with the growing problem.
To determine what possible effect yogurt had on the chances of getting heart disease, the study researchers worked with more than 70,000 participants. Some of the participants already had high blood pressure. The key was to look at the individual’s dietary habits and the role that they played in their overall health.
The results showed a positive link between regularly eating yogurt and having a healthy heart. In fact, they suggested that eating as little as two servings of yogurt each week was enough to lower the risk of heart problems by around 20% (17% for women and 21% for men) compared to those that ate less than 1 serving per month.
Needless to say, the news is particularly interesting for people who are already suffering from high blood pressure. The research means that the benefits of eating yogurt, whether you make it from scratch or buy it prepared, are more far-reaching than any of us could have imagined. In addition to cooking heart-healthy recipes, adding this food to your diet may help you protect yourself from the onset of heart-related conditions in the future.
Justin Buendia, one of the paper’s authors, told Science Daily, “We hypothesized that long-term yogurt intake might reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems since some previous small studies had shown beneficial effects of fermented dairy products.”
He continued, “Here, we had a very large cohort of hypertensive men and women, who were followed for up to 30 years. Our results provide important new evidence that yogurt may benefit heart health alone or as a consistent part of a diet rich in fiber-rich fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.”
We say, stock up! From breakfast smoothies to dessert parfaits, yogurt could be doing your heart a very delicious favor.