Promising Research Presented on Yogurt's Effects on Weight Management and Chronic Disease

  Promising Research Presented on Yogurt's Effects on Weight Management and
                               Chronic Disease

  PR Newswire

  BETHESDA, Maryland, June 19, 2013

-- International Nutrition Experts Call for More Studies on Specific Effects
of Fermented Dairy Products

BETHESDA, Maryland, June 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --There is a growing body of
evidence linking yogurt consumption to improved health, and additional
research to identify the scientific link between yogurt and potential health
benefits is underway, scientists say. International nutrition experts gathered
at the First Global Summit on the Health Effects of Yogurt in Boston on April
24, 2013 to present the current state of the science on the health effects of
yogurt and identify research gaps that need to be addressed within the
scientific community.

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Yogurt is an excellent source of protein and essential nutrients such as
calcium, potassium and magnesium and also contains healthy bacteria
(probiotics). The unique nutrient profile of yogurt has spurred research on
its impact on a variety of topics such as bone and gut health, diabetes, body
weight regulation, cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Much of what is known about the potential health effects of yogurt has come
from studies examining one's overall consumption of dairy products, including
milk and cheese. Fewer studies have focused on yogurt specifically.

Consumption of dairy products is associated with a reduced risk of developing
some of the most prevalent and expensive diseases in modern society, including
diabetes, hypertension and cancer.[1],[2],[3]Intake of cultured milk and
yogurt specifically has been linked to a reduced risk of developing bladder
cancer[3], a lower risk of heart attack and heart disease, and a decrease in
blood pressure. [4],[5]

Several studies have also shown that yogurt consumption could aid weight
management. A prospective study on three cohorts involving more than 120,000
U.S. adults showed that consumption of yogurt, fruits, vegetables and whole
grains were associated with less weight gain over time, with yogurt showing
the greatest association.[6] Another study showed that yogurt consumption is
linked with smaller gains in weight and waist circumference over time.[7]

"Current research on the potential impact of yogurt on health is encouraging
and we look forward to learning more about the unique contribution that yogurt
offers to individuals and overall public health," said Sharon M. Donovan,
PhD, RD, Past President of the ASN and professor of nutrition at the
University of Illinois. "Our goal in this initiative is to document what we
know and what we do not know to guide future research efforts."

"We are energized by the summit and look forward to fostering more dialogue
and sharing new research at future scientific events," said Prof. Raanan
Shamir, MD, President of the Danone Institute International.

The First Global Summit on the Health Effects of Yogurt is part of the
multi-year Yogurt in Nutrition Initiative (YINI), a global collaboration
between the American Society for Nutrition, Danone Institute International and
the Nutrition Society in the United Kingdom to evaluate the current evidence
base on the nutritional impact of yogurt. Through annual scientific
conferences and supporting activities, this initiative aims to stimulate new
research and communicate available scientific information to health care
professionals and the public. 

At the summit, experts discussed the need for studies that examine the
specific health attributes of yogurt, the optimal role of dairy foods in a
healthy diet and the effect of yogurt on specific populations, such as the
young and the elderly. The U.S.-based Dairy Research Institute also partnered
in this inaugural summit.

For more information, please visit www.nutrition.org/yogurt .

About the American Society for Nutrition Established in 1928, the American
Society for Nutrition (ASN) is a non-profit, multidisciplinary, scientific and
educational organization devoted to advancing nutrition research to improve
public health. ASN fosters collaboration among investigators in nutrition,
medicine and related fields of science, and encourages the creation,
translation and dissemination of nutrition knowledge. With more than 4,900
members in more than 65 countries, ASN advances excellence in nutrition
research and practice through its publications, education, public affairs and
membership programs.

About the Danone Institute International The Danone Institute International is
a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop and disseminate
scientific knowledge on diet and nutrition to benefit public health. To
accomplish these goals, the Danone Institute International supports research
initiatives and training programs on diet and nutrition for health and
education professionals and disseminates information on diet and nutrition to
the general public.

About The Nutrition Society The Nutrition Society (NS) was established in 1941
'to advance the scientific study of nutrition and its application to the
maintenance of human and animal health'. Its vision is to lead in the
development, dissemination and promotion of nutrition science to the global
community through the principal activities of publishing internationally
renowned Learned Journals; holding of scientific meetings; publishing
textbooks on the science of nutrition and providing education and training
services. Based in the UK, The Nutrition Society, with 2,800 members
worldwide, is the largest Learned Society for nutrition in Europe. Visit us at
www.nutritionsociety.org or email: press@nutsoc.org.uk .

About the Dairy Research Institute® The Dairy Research Institute was
established under the leadership of America's dairy farmers with a commitment
to nutrition, product and sustainability research. The Dairy Research
Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to strengthen the
dairy industry's access to and investment in the technical research required
to drive innovation and demand for dairy products and ingredients globally.
The Institute works with and through industry, academic, government and
commercial partners to drive pre-competitive research in nutrition, products
and sustainability on behalf of the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy®,
National Dairy Council® and other partners. The Dairy Research Institute is
primarily funded by the national dairy checkoff program managed by Dairy
Management Inc™

[1] Sluis I, et al. The amount and type of dairy product intake and incident
type 2 diabetes: results from the EPIC-InterAct Study. Am J Clin Nutr. 2012
Aug; 9(2): 382-390. Abstract Accessible at:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22760573

[2] Alonso, A et al. Low-fat dairy consumption and reduced risk of
hypertension: the Seguimiento Universidad de Navarra (SUN) cohort. Am J. Clin
Nutr. 2005 Nov; 82(5):972-9. Abstract Accessible at:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16280427

[3] Larsson, S et al. Cultured milk, yogurt, and dairy intake in relation to
bladder cancer risk in a prospective study of Swedish men and women. Am J Clin
Nutr. 2008 Oct; 88(4): 1083-1087. Abstract Accessible at:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18842797

[4] Wang H, Livingston K, Fox CS, Meigs J, Jacques PF. Yogurt consumption is
associated with better diet quality and metabolic profile in American men and
women. Nutr Res (2012) http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/nutres .2012.11.009

[5] Patterson E, Larsson S, Wolk A, Akesson A. Association between dairy food
consumption and risk of myocardial infarction in women differs by type of
dairy food. J Nutr 2013;143:74–79.

[6] Mozaffarian et al, N Engl J M ed 2011; 364:2392-2404

[7] Jacques PF, Wang H, Rogers GT, Fox CS, Meigs J. Yogurt Consumption Is
Associated With Longitudinal Changes of Body Weight and Waist Circumference:
the Framingham Heart Study (FHS) Ann Epidemiol 2012;22:673

Website: http://www.nutrition.org/yogurt
Contact: Heather Gitlitz, +1-202-587-2516, hgitlitz@spectrumscience.com
 
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