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Is Yogurt Good for Diabetes

Is Yogurt Good or Bad for Diabetes?

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Hello, I’m Titus Mason from TheDiabetesCouncil.com, researcher, writer and a type2 diabetic. Today I’m going to answer the question, is yogurt good for diabetes. But before we get into that, make sure you download my free diabetes shopping list, ‘The Diabetes Shopping List: Foods to Eat and Foods to Avoid’ by clicking the link: http://bit.ly/2g0NDAH

If you were to walk through your local grocery store and stop by the “yogurt aisle” you might be overwhelmed. An array of colors, sizes and types that could send your head spinning:

Goat’s Milk.
Fruit at the bottom.
Lowfat, nonfat, full fat

The list goes on and on.

Yogurt is one of the oldest and most popular fermented foods in the world. Wait, did I say fermented? Yes I did. Yogurt is produced by bacterial fermentation of milk. “Yogurt cultures” specifically “Lactobacillus delbrueckii bulgaricus & Streptococcus thermophiles” ….we will just call them yogurt cultures, cause the milk to ferment by converting lactose into lactic acid, which thickens the milk and gives it the tangy taste characteristic of yogurt.

In November, 2014 a study published in the BioMed Central Journal focused on the relationship between yogurt and diabetes. The study was conducted under the direction of Dr. Frank Hu, a professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard.

The study was massive including 460,000 subjects. The results showed that one serving of yogurt per day showed an 18% decrease in the development of Type 2 diabetes. While the study was aimed at whether or not yogurt could prevent Type 2 diabetes, Hu also explained that preventative aspects were also studied.

“Yogurt is not magic for curing or preventing diabetes,” Hu said in an interview with WebMD. “That’s the bottom line and the message we want to convey to our consumers, that we have to pay attention to our diet pattern. There is no replacement for an overall healthy diet and maintaining [a healthy] body weight.”

Another interesting aspect of the study was that different types of dairy was used as the basis for daily intake, but yogurt seemed to be the only dairy that showed any significant effect. Exactly how the yogurt may help is not certain. Many experts felt the probiotics in yogurt (“good” bacteria) were the main reason for the beneficial outcomes.

The take-home message, Hu said, is that more study is needed, but that yogurt seems to have a place in a healthy diet.

So, is yogurt good for diabetes? Yes and no. Yogurt is certainly a healthy choice but only if you are careful what type of yogurt you choose. Plain Greek yogurt is the best choice having only about 4 grams of sugar per 6 ounce serving. Some flavored yogurts can have as much as 29 grams of sugar per 6 ounce serving. You need to read the labels to see if the sugar content is going to have more of a negative effect on your body than the positive gains of the probiotics.

I hope this answered your question if yogurt is good or bad for diabetes. Don’t forget to get your diabetes shopping list by clicking the link: http://bit.ly/2g0NDAH

Let me know if you have any other diabetes related questions.


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