People Who Eat This for Breakfast Are More Physically Fit

Dacy Knight

As kids, we were always reminded to get our daily dose of dairy to grow strong bones. As we've gotten older, our understanding of dairy has shifted and many of us have chosen to ditch the animal product for healthier alternatives. But it turns out that one particular dairy product is highly correlated with physical fitness, not to mention bone mineral density and a lower risk of osteoporosis.

A recent study published in Osteoperosis International and highlighted by the New York Times found that after for adjusting for variables like age and health and behavioural characteristics such as smoking, alcohol consumption, and physical activity, daily yoghurt eaters performed better on tests of physical fitness. Regular yoghurt eaters also shows a 3% to 4% increase in bone mineral density and a 39% lower risk of osteoporosis in women when compared to their counterparts who don't eat yoghurt.

"The main message is that yoghurt is a good source of micronutrients, vitamin D, B vitamins, and calcium—and protein and probiotics as well," says the study's lead author, Eamon J. Laird, a research fellow at Trinity College Dublin. "We think it could be a combination of these things that has the beneficial effect." He does also note that the study was observational so they cannot prove cause and effect but other dairy products did not produce the effect of yoghurt. If you do choose to add yoghurt into your regular diet, Laird warns to be mindful of sugar and look for a healthy variation like Greek yoghurt.

Looking to up your yoghurt intake? Check out these genius ways to cook with Greek yoghurt.

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