Diet quality

Yogurt & fruits: the winning combination

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Yogurt and fruits are both considered as healthy foods that have been associated with healthy dietary patterns and lifestyle. Fernandez and Marette suggest that combining yogurt with fruits could be of a great interest, providing probiotics, prebiotics and numerous essential nutrients. In fact, yogurt and fruits are two foods you could mix together!

Yogurt and fruits are healthy foods

Fruits consumption takes part of numerous dietary guidelines worldwide. Their energy density is relatively low. Fruits provide a variety of antioxidants (carotenoids, polyphenols…) and contain prebiotic fibers which are beneficial for healthy colonic fermentation. Yogurt consumption, as well as fruit consumption, is  associated with healthier dietary pattern. And they are also both nutrient dense foods! Current findings suggest that an increased intake of yogurt and fruits could reduce the intake of high-calorie foods. The authors emphasis the fact that combining yogurt with fruits could be a promising mixture with the potential to exert synergistic effects on health.

Yogurt and fruits are both associated with healthy dietary patterns and lifestyles

Health benefit that is associated to yogurt consumption includes reduced weight gain and reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. Fruits consumption is recognized as a dietary factor linked to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. The association of yogurt and fruits, so easy to make, may confer combined health benefits through potential prebiotic and probiotic effect. It can also be considered as a winning combination for substituting nutrient-poor  and/or obesogenic foods. The authors conclude that this combination, and it’s potential synergetic health effects, deserves further exploration.

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Source: Fernandez M A et al. Advances in Nutrition 2017; 8: 1555-1645.