The Best Yogurts to Cheer Up a Person

Jul 15, 2015 12:10 PM EDT | By DonDon Navidad

Researchers have discovered that probiotic-laced foods like yogurt can balance out a person's gut bacteria, particularly where it improves the person's feelings about life. A person's gut bacteria represents the internal spokesperson that dictates the mood of a person be it positive or negative. 

A recent research published in the journal based on the brain, behavior, and immunity, The Leiden University in The Netherlands' Researchers recruited 40 healthy volunteers. Half of the recruits were given a probiotic-laced supplement and the other half were given a placebo. The volunteers were asked about their feelings and their outlook on life and after four weeks, half of the volunteerS that were given probiotics have clearly showed fewer negative feelings and more positive ones.

As a result, the right kind of yogurt a person consumes is the key factor to mood improvement. As yogurt contains live organisms, active cultures and not too much sugar.

The Fage Total 2% Greek Yogurt as suggested by Stephanie Middleberg, MS, RD, CDN, is one of the most popular Greek yogurts a person can buy in the market. Stephanie Middleberg said, "While it's not organic, Fage is one of the-if not the-best-tasting Greek yogurt available." This Fage Total 2% Greek Yogurt brand has impressively high in protein, packing in 20 grams per 7-ounce container, same as any nutrition bar.

The Stonyfield Organic Nonfat Greek Yogurt (plain) is also a good choice of yogurt, as it is made with organic cow's milk and people can benefit with more of it's heart-healthy fatty acids as compared to conventional yogurts. Experts suggest that since Stonyfield Organic Nonfat Greek Yogurt (plain) is low in sugar and calories it is better to consume it on a daily basis.

Stephanie Middleberg, MS, RD, CDN also recommend the Maple Hill Creamery's yogurts, which only contains two ingredients: grass-fed milk and live cultures. According to Stephanie Middleberg, "Grass-fed yogurt contains more omega-3s and conjugated linoleic acids, both of which help prevent heart disease, inflammation, diabetes and various cancers."

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