Emerging evidence supports numerous health benefits from yogurt intake, however, yogurt and dairy product consumption in the U.S. is lower than what the USDA recommends and that of many other regions of the world, namely Europe, Latin America and Asia. The goals of this session are to provide an up-to-date summary of evidence for the health benefits of regular yogurt consumption and to provide nutrition professionals with real-world recommendations on how to include yogurt in their client's diet.
After this presentation, the attendee will be able to:
- Define the unique nutrient dense profile of yogurt compared to other dairy foods including cheese and milk and identify specific populations that may benefit from its consumption.
- Describe the evidence base supporting the health benefits of regular yogurt consumption as part of a balanced diet to address current nutrient deficiencies and manage body weight and metabolic profiles.
- Describe the benefits of regular consumption of yogurt based on its benefits supported by scientific evidence, national dietary guidelines and potential healthcare savings.
Simin Meydani, DVM, Tufts University, Boston
Sharon Donovan, PhD, RD, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
Yogurt's Role in Dietary Guidance
Connie Weaver PhD, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Yogurt, Weight Management and Heart Health: A New Potential Paradigm
Paul Jacques, PhD, Tufts University, Boston, MA
Projected Healthcare Savings Associated with Adequate Dairy and Yogurt Consumption
David McCarron MD, University of California, Davis, CA