Health Advice



Yogurt can lower your BMI, blood glucose and blood pressure

By Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. on

When Kelly Ripa, co-host of "Live with Kelly and Ryan," declared that yogurt is "my dessert, my breakfast, my everything," she was echoing the sentiments of millions of Americans. Marketing research shows that in 2018 the country gobbled down 13.4 pounds of yogurt per person. But in reality, only about half of you like the probiotic-laced food, so some folks are eating a whole lot more than that!

They're the lucky ones. A study presented at the American Society for Nutrition meeting, Nutrition 2020, reveals that eating sugar-free yogurt regularly is associated with lower BMI, blood glucose and diastolic blood pressure. Other research indicates that regularly eating yogurt and other fermented foods, like tempeh and kimchi, may reduce the risk and duration of respiratory infections.

The benefits are likely from the boost in gut biome health that a regular dose of good-for-you bacteria such as Bifidobacterium, Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus, Lactobacillus GG, and Streptococcus thermophilus provide. But all yogurt isn't created equal. You want to skip sweetened and jam-filled versions. Instead, add fresh fruit, such as blueberries, to plain yogurt. And you want to be sure you are getting a lot of active cultures. Some brands have a "Live & Active Culture (LAC)" seal from the National Yogurt Association, indicating the brand contained at least 100 million cultures per gram when manufactured. Fortunately, most brands deliver live cultures -- even without the seal. However, heat-treated yogurt is DOA, and packaged products such as cereals and bars "made with real yogurt," don't deliver active cultures.



Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of "The Dr. Oz Show," and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, tune into "The Dr. Oz Show" or visit

(c)2020 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D.

Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

(c) 2020 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.



Between Friends The Pajama Diaries Cathy Wizard of Id Phil Hands Heathcliff