Consuming Yogurt May Aid in Preventing a Common Disease, FDA Suggests

Could Yogurt Help Ward Off Diabetes? FDA Suggests a Possibility

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hinted at the potential benefits.

In March, the health agency announced its non-objection to a claim from Danone North America, the producer of popular yogurt brands like Dannon, suggesting that regular consumption of yogurt might lower the risk of type 2 diabetes.

The FDA plans to permit this claim on yogurt labels, with conditions to ensure consumers are not misled and other criteria are met.

“While there is credible evidence supporting a link between yogurt intake and reduced type 2 diabetes risk, it remains limited,” the FDA stated after reviewing the petition and relevant evidence.

This FDA-approved health claim falls under the category of a “qualified claim.” It suggests potential health benefits but lacks strong conclusive evidence, according to Sherry Coleman Collins, a food allergy dietitian and expert from the Atlanta area.

The recommended intake for this claim is at least 2 cups (3 servings) of yogurt per week.

Collins stressed the importance of a balanced diet, incorporating yogurt as part of a pattern rich in plant-based foods, protein sources, and fermented dairy.

Yogurt containing live, active cultures is particularly beneficial for gut health, associated with a reduced risk of various chronic conditions, including type 2 diabetes.

When selecting yogurt, Collins advised opting for varieties low in added sugar, such as plain Greek yogurt, which is high in protein and calcium.

However, Collins cautioned against excessive consumption, noting that a couple of servings per day likely suffice.

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