Yogurt in Your Diet May Help Heart Health

Heart healthy yogurtMaking yogurt a regular part of your diet may help keep ticker trouble at bay. Adults with high blood pressure who eat yogurt a few times per week have a lower risk of developing heart disease compared with those who consume it less often. That’s according to new research published in the American Journal of Hypertension.

Yogurt Reduces Heart Disease Risk by 20 Percent

In the study, researchers found that women and men diagnosed with high blood pressure who consumed two or more servings of yogurt per week had about a 20 percent lower risk for heart disease than those who ate less than one serving per month. Regularly eating yogurt was also associated with a reduced risk for heart attack and stroke.

What’s behind yogurt’s heart-boosting benefits? Yogurt’s calcium content and naturally occurring compounds called tripeptides may help protect blood vessels, researchers say.

Yogurt as Part of a Heart-Healthy Diet Brings Bigger Benefits

Study participants with high blood pressure who ate yogurt as part of an overall heart-healthy diet, known as the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet, saw an even lower risk for heart disease and stroke. Their diets:

  • Contained plenty of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains
  • Included fat-free or low-fat dairy products, fish, poultry, beans, nuts, and vegetable oils
  • Avoided foods high in saturated fats
  • Limited sugary foods and drinks

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