The Surprising Benefit Of Yogurt That Nobody Knew

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( – In March, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) implied that it was possible that eating yogurt could prevent diabetes. This assertion came after the FDA decided that they would not be objecting to Danone North America’s claim that their yogurts, Dannon and other popular brands, could help bring down the risk of type 2 diabetes.

The FDA is not going to be blocking the claim from the yogurt food labels, so long as the claims are worded in a way that would not be misleading to consumers. It is also noted that the other factors for using the claim are also met.

In a statement, the FDA noted that after reviewing the petition and evidence that is connected to the proposed qualified health claim, the administration had found that there was some evidence to help support the claim that yogurt intake might reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. However, as he pointed out this evidence is limited. 

The FDA approved the health claim as a “qualified claim” which essentially means that the evidence currently is suggestive but not conclusive. Regular consumption is considered to be around 2 cups of yogurt each week. This would be the minimum for making a qualified claim. 

Food Allergy dietician Sherry Coleman Collins argued that she did not like the suggestion that one single food could help reduce disease especially as from what they know right now it is all about a pattern of eating. Collins continued by noting that yogurt has been shown to have health benefits when it is part of a diet that is rich in pulses, meats, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. 

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