According to Italian researchers, noshing two cups of plain yogurt daily helps prevent allergy flare-ups, plus it reduces symptoms by 40 percent or more if you’re already suffering. “The friendly bacteria in yogurt ramp up your body’s production of anti-inflammatory proteins, molecules that tell your immune system to stay calm when it encounters pollen,” explains Jeanne Drisko, M.D., head of integrative medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Why sugar-free? According to researchers at Gainesville’s University of Florida, one cup of sweetened yogurt is packed with six to 10 teaspoons of high fructose corn syrup, a man-made sweetener that can worsen your misery because it revs up production of congestion-triggering histamine.
Tip: To make plain yogurt as tasty as the sugar-laden kind, mix in a heaping spoon of your favorite low-sugar fruit spread.