10 June 2011
Yoghurt consumption may reduce the risk of colorectal (bowel) cancer, a study suggests.
Italian researchers assessed diet and other lifestyle factors among more than 45,000 people and then followed them up over 12 years. Of the group, 289 developed bowel cancer during the follow-up.
Daily yoghurt intake ranged from 0 to 85 grams for men and 0 to 98 grams for women. A high yoghurt intake was found to be significantly associated with a decreased risk of bowel cancer (hazard ratio 0.65), particularly in men.
Yoghurt may have an "anti-inflammatory effect on colon mucosa", the researchers suggested.
Last Reviewed: 10 June 2011