The Yogurt Controversy: Are the Health Benefits Real?

This is an entire blog dedicated to America's trendiest dairy product. You’re welcome

 

Yogurt: flavorful, portable, and all the rage in the health food world. Kind of.

Lately, yogurt’s credibility is being debated by nutritionists and health experts alike. Some people want to crown it as an over-hyped food while others are saying it’s beneficial- just not in the way we thought it was.

 

Yogurt as a source of probiotics

Many types of yogurt contain live and active cultures the could potentially be beneficial for your microbiome. The argument comes from whether or not yogurt, by itself, is enough. The answer? No, probably not. A probiotic supplement is a better bet for several reasons:

  • Probiotics in a supplement form can contain more colony-forming units (our has 50 Billion CFUs!)
  • Strains matter- and they’re a bit limited in yogurt. Some strains are key for vaginal health (like Lactobacillus paracasei, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, and Lactobacillus acidophilus) while others may be more gut specific. Wouldn’t you rather have a more universal probiotic than one dimensional?
  • You can find probiotics that are shelf stable (like BINTO’s!) while yogurt has to be kept in the fridge. Don’t let rumors fool you about refrigerated probiotics- that doesn’t mean they’re any more active than those that can be kept room temperature. Certain capsules are activated through digestion.

 

Yogurt for fertility

Full-fat yogurt is the game changer for fertility. Healthy fats are essential for building cell membranes and balancing hormones- especially estrogen and progesterone. A Nurses Health Study out of Harvard School of Public Health showed that women who consumed more than 2 servings of full-fat dairy products weekly had an increase in fertility outcomes. Those eating low-fat dairy had a higher risk of not ovulating.

The consensus?

Consider upping your yogurt intake if you're looking for the benefits of full-fat dairy or if your TTC. As for the probiotic component, you may want to switch to a more effective probiotic in supplement form.

 

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