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Can this snack reduce your chance of getting diabetes?

This food correlates to a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes
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According to the Food and Drug Administration, one popular snack reduces the risk of this chronic disease.


On March 1, the FDA announced it didn’t object to the claims yogurt consumption correlates to a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, as long as it’s worded in a way that doesn’t mislead consumers, Health reported.


An example of accepted wording for this claim is, “Eating yogurt regularly, at least 2 cups (3 servings) per week, may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes according to limited scientific evidence.”

A qualified health claim has scientific evidence but not the “significant scientific agreement standard.” Doctors told Health while Yogurt may not be an immediate blood sugar fix, the initial research is promising.


The FDA’s announcement stemmed from back in 2018, when Danone North America, the company that houses Dannon, Activia, and Silk yogurt, submitted a petition to the FDA seeking approval to market their products to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. The evidence from Danone included evidence-based links to lower type 2 diabetes instances and research that showed yogurt was a whole food with lower type 2 diabetes risk. Yogurt has also been known as a food suitable for its high amount of probiotics and protein, which can also lead to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes. A 2019 study in Nutrients, however, shared that yogurts could be bad for people at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The types of yogurt recommended for health benefits are plain Greek yogurt and sugar-free yogurts.

Other foods like berries, beans, lentils, almonds, and avocados have also been linked to steady glucose levels.

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