Men who had two or more servings of yogurt a week had a 26 percent lower risk of developing pre-cancerous growths in their colon, a report from the University of Washington found.
Researchers, however, didn’t find the same cancer-fighting benefit for women.
The study, published in Gut Journal, tracked 32,606 male and 55,743 female health professionals who had colonoscopies between 1986 and 2012.
The participants provided researchers with information on their diet and lifestyle, along with the amount of yogurt they usually consume.
Throughout the study, there were 5,811 cases of colorectal adenomas, or benign tumors on the lining of the colon that can sometimes become cancerous, in men, and 8,116 adenomas in women.
Compared to men who didn’t eat any yogurt, those who had at least two servings weekly were also 19 percent less likely to develop the so-called adenomas.
Yogurt consumption has been linked to a lower risk of rectal and colon cancer in previous studies, and scientists say it promotes the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut.