Eat Yogurt If You Want To Lose Weight, Says Harvard School of Public Health Study

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Eat Yogurt If You Want To Lose Weight, Says Harvard School of Public Health Study

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Eat Yogurt If You Want To Lose Weight, Says Harvard School of Public Health Study (Press Release Distribution) – Jul 25,2011 –

Want to lose weight…and keep it off as you age? A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests a link between yogurt and weight loss. The study, conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health, quizzed over 120,000 nurses and other health workers about their dietary habits over the course of many years. The goal was to discover what impact diet had on weight over time.

Consumption of two foods—nuts and yogurt—were most closely correlated with weight loss, according to Walter Willett, one of the study’s co-authors. Interviewed on National Public Radio, Willett noted that the active probiotic cultures in yogurt may be responsible for yogurt’s weight loss powers. “There has been a lot of work in recent years on how the types of bacteria in our colon influence our state of inflammation and weight gain. So it may well be that the healthy bacteria in the yogurt are helping change the mix of bacteria in the colon and influencing weight.”

Voskos Greek Yogurt is made with a mix of beneficial probiotic cultures, including Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium bifidus, and Lactobacillus casei. “In a healthy person, the population of good (healthy) bacteria in the gut outnumbers the numbers of bad (pathogenic) bacteria,” says registered dietician Janet R. Mertz, MS, RD, CDE, CPT., a contributor to Voskos Greek Yogurt’s “What’s Fresh” blog. “Consuming Voskos Greek Yogurt helps support a healthy blend of bacteria in the digestive system.”

Willett also noted that fat content in foods did not mean that the food itself was fattening. “But eating foods that keep us satisfied is really going to be important in the long run.”

That “satisfaction factor” is one reason Greek yogurt has been called a “superfood” when it comes to losing weight, says Mertz. “Greek yogurt is a great weight loss food because of its high calcium and protein levels,” she says “Studies show that protein takes longer to digest, and is more satisfying, than ’empty’ carbohydrates. You feel full longer after you’ve enjoyed a serving of Greek yogurt. And that may keep you from snacking on other, higher-calorie foods.”

Voskos Greek Yogurt has been recognized in awards contests presented by Fitness magazine, Women’s Health, Vegetarian Times, Natural Solutions, Self Magazine and Cooking Light magazine. It is also a triple gold winner of the 2010 Los Angeles International Dairy Competition. Visit Voskos’ Web site for dozens of Greek yogurt recipesbreakfasts, appetizers, entrees and snacks. for low-carbohydrate

About Voskos Greek Yogurt

Award-winning for its thick, rich taste and nutritional value, Voskos Greek Yogurt is all-natural, hormone-free, gluten-free, and Kosher certified. Through Voskos’ proprietary ProStrain™ method, Voskos yields two times more protein, more probiotics, less lactose, and a thicker, creamier consistency. Voskos is the only brand to offer an organic Greek yogurt line in addition to its all-natural plain and blended flavors and never has “fruit on the bottom.” Available nationwide, retailing between $1.49 – $2.99 in such stores as Kroger, Safeway, Publix, Bi-Lo, Whole Foods, Sprouts, and more. For store locations, and to download a coupon, visit or “like” Voskos Greek Yogurt on Facebook at today.

About Janet Mertz, Janet R. Mertz, MS, RD, CDE, CPT

Janet Mertz is a diabetes educator, wife of a Type-1 diabetic and mother who enjoys helping educate people on nutrition and healthy lifestyle.

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