Scientific evidence is proving that yogurt–an everyday, easily accessible, and inexpensive food–could actually be the weight loss secret people have been searching for. According to Katherine Tallmadge, registered dietitian and author of “Diet Simple: 195 Mental Tricks, Substitutions, Habits & Inspirations”, people seemed to lose more weight with the use of this “superfood”. She claims that people tended to lose more weight consuming this product, even when their caloric intake remained the same. The food that people that consumed that seemed to so effective in weight loss was yogurt.
According to new scientific research, bacterial organisms in the digestive tract called microbiome are similar to a fully functional organ. Microbiome is made up of about 100 million bacterial organisms. Microbiome can have a positive or a negative effect on health. At a U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) conference, researchers shared that Microbiome is influenced by many different dietary components. One of these components is yogurt.
Yogurt contains probiotics, a type of bacteria that stay alive during processing, shelf life, and digestion. Probiotics have immense health benefits. When combined with prebiotics, a non-digestible carbohydrate, a symbiotic relationship is formed that benefits the microbiome in your body. Prebiotics can be found in foods such as apples, bananas, berries, raisins, kiwi, onions, lentils, brown rice, corn, almonds, honey, and green tea. When eaten in conjunction with each other, the probiotics and prebiotics work together to help benefit your microbiome.
Research has also found that having a healthy microbiome can reduce inflammation which can reduce your risk of getting illness such as colds, cancer, heart disease, and arthritis. The bacteria in the microbiome, which is benefited by eating yogurt, may also help burn body fat and reduce insulin resistance.