March 1999 Issue

Cultural Revolution: Yogurt And Probiotics Come Of Age

From its hippie heyday in the 1960's, yogurt has made headway in the U.S., becoming more mainstream. Americans today eat five times more yogurt-almost five pounds per person a year-than in 1970. But Europeans eat twice that much. Should we? There is little dispute about the nutritional benefits of yogurt. It's rich in protein, calcium and riboflavin. But do yogurt's benefits go beyond nutrition? Proponents claim it aids digestion, eases diarrhea, boosts

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