Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the U.S. according to the American Cancer Society. What if eating Greek yogurt daily could help cut your risk? Research shows that it can aid in colon cancer prevention by improving digestive health and boosting immune health!
Greek yogurt is packed with “healthy” bacteria called probiotics. These “live microorganisms” help create a healthy balance of bacteria in the gut. They work to help improve digestive function, promote regularity, and help the immune system function at its best. Without probiotics, bad bacteria can build up and damage the immune system, creating digestive issues such as diarrhea, constipation, and pain. Certain probiotic strains can even help reduce inflammation, a known risk factor for colorectal cancer.
Greek yogurt is also a good source of calcium, with 20 percent of your daily recommendation in ½ cup. Studies show that higher calcium intake seems to protect high risk people from developing polyps that may later lead to colon cancer. That may be partly because calcium plays a protective role against inflammation. Another benefit is that Greek yogurt provides a good bit of protein to promote fullness.
So aim for more probiotic-rich Greek yogurt in your diet to support optimal immune and digestive health and prevent colon cancer. You don’t have to just eat a plain bowl of Greek yogurt either. This recipe shows you it’s possible to use it as a substitute for mayo in your favorite dishes…like egg salad!