Scientists studying the power of probiotics to fight obesity discover something that they did not intend to find out: Not only does yogurt make mice slimmer; it also makes them sexier.
Recent studies in humans suggest eating yogurt may help prevent weight gain. ButMassachusetts Institute of Technology researchers wanted to know why.
To test the theory, the researchers fed one group of mice a normal mouse diet and another group the same diet with a mouse-sized serving of vanilla yogurt.
Shockingly, they discovered a change in the fur coat. It became thick and really shiny.
But shiny fur wasn’t the only thing that set the yogurt-eating mice apart from their siblings: They were also slimmer, and the males had “swagger.”
“We knew there was something different in the males, but we weren’t sure what it was at first,” said the researchers. “You know when someone’s at the top of their game, how they carry themselves differently? Well, imagine that in a mouse.”
It turns out their testicles were 5 percent bigger than those of their non-yogurt eating counterparts, and 15 percent bigger than those of mice on a diet designed to mimic “junk food” in humans. And in this case, bigger was better.
And let’s not forget the ladies. Female mice that ate yogurt were even shinier than the males, and tended to be better moms to their larger litters.
Although the study is ongoing, the fluky findings could have implications for human fertility and weight control, not to mention hair health.
I guess we’ll have to wait and see what the official findings are. But until then, I’m gong to go stock up on some yogurts.