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Health benefits of soy yoghurt
[Posted: Fri 10/11/2006 www.irishhealth.com]
Soy yogurt, especially when it has fruit in it, may help control both type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, US researchers have reported.
Although people with diabetes are usually discouraged from eating sweet snacks, soy yogurt and some dairy yogurts rich in fruit appear to help regulate enzymes that affect blood sugar levels, the researchers have reported.
The researchers, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, studied plant compounds that affect enzymes targeted by diabetes drugs.
They also tested on their effects on angiotensin converting enzyme or ACE inhibitors, medicines used to fight high blood pressure.
Tests in their lab showed that soy blueberry yogurt strongly affected the enzymes. Peach and strawberry yogurt also affected alpha-amylase and alpha--glucosidase.
The researchers tested the yogurt varieties for antioxidants and plant compounds called phenols. Phenols and polyphenols give red wine and tea some of their heart health benefits.
The research is published in the Journal of Food Biochemistry.
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