Eating Yogurt Makes Your Bones Stronger

By Joanna Fantozzi, Staff Writer

A new study from Irish researchers published in Osteoporosis International found that eating yogurt daily can strengthen bones

<strong>We always heard that calcium was important for strong bones.</strong>
We always heard that calcium was important for strong bones.

It may not be quite as tempting as tequila, but scientists have confirmed that thanks to its many nutrients, eating yogurt makes for stronger bones. The study, which was published in the journal Osteoporosis International, targeted 4,310 Irish adults 60 and older and found that eating yogurt every day increased bone density by three or four percent on average, according to The New York Times. A daily yogurt habit was also associated with a 39 percent lower risk of osteoporosis in women and a 52 percent lower risk in men.

“The main message is that yogurt is a good source of micronutrients, vitamin D, B vitamins, and calcium — and of protein and probiotics as well,” lead author Eamon J. Laird, a research fellow at Trinity College Dublin, told The New York Times. “We think it could be a combination of these things that has the beneficial effect.”

But be careful, not all yogurts are alike. Many are high in added sugars and may do more dietary harm than good.

Looking to get more yogurt into your life? Try substituting Greek yogurt for sour cream in any recipe and most likely no one will notice — click here to find out how.

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