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Nutrition News: Finding the Perfect Diet For Weight Loss

Charlyn Fargo on

Q: Does yogurt really help build strong bones?

A: If you're trying to keep your aging bones strong, yogurt may be your best dairy choice, suggests a recent study in Osteoporosis International. Researchers correlated the intake of dairy and other foods with bone mineral density in 4,300 older people in Ireland and found that yogurt (but not milk or cheese) was associated with higher bone mineral density and other markers of bone health. After adjusting for body weight, physical activity, overall diet quality and other factors related to bone health, they found that each additional weekly serving of yogurt was associated with higher bone mineral density and thus a reduced risk of osteopenia and osteoporosis. Some previous research, including the Framingham Offspring Study, also linked fermented milk products like yogurt to stronger bones. -- University of California, Berkeley Wellness Letter.

RECIPE

Looking for a quick and easy breakfast? Try these Grab-and-Go Granola Bars by Liz Weiss, a registered dietitian and blog author of Liz's Healthy Table.

Grab-and-Go Granola Bars

1 cup quick cooking or old fashioned oats

1 cup spoon-size shredded wheat cereal

1 cup walnuts

1 1/2 cups dried fruit (choose one or more of the following: dried plums/prunes, raisins, cherries, apricots, cranberries)

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

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