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First Global Yogurt Summit Focuses on the Benefits of an Increasingly Popular Food

April 24, 2013 – White Plains, NY – Today marked the first Global Yogurt Summit, which was organized by the American Society for Nutrition in conjunction with the 2013 annual Experimental Biology conference.  The day-long summit was underwritten by Danone Institute International.  Among the topics that were discussed is the growing body of evidence shows that eating yogurt helps create a balanced diet and healthier lifestyle.  The full agenda is available at:

Despite yogurt’s seeming popularity, Americans eat very little yogurt – on average less than one cup of yogurt per person per week – and most yogurts contain nutrients that are lacking in the American diet, including calcium, vitamin D and potassium. Yogurt can be an excellent source of high-quality protein, which helps with satiety, and promotes muscle and bone health. In terms of nutrients to limit, nonfat and lowfat yogurts are low in sodium and saturated fat.

For those who are lactose intolerant, dairy avoidance is a major obstacle for obtaining adequate calcium and vitamin D in the diet. Yogurt is a good alternative to milk because it contains less lactose, and yogurt has less sodium and saturated fat than most cheeses.

Commenting on the proceedings of the Yogurt Summit, Miguel Freitas, PhD, Health Affairs Director, The Dannon Company, said, “Recent epidemiological studies show that frequent yogurt consumption is associated with less weight gain over time and healthy levels of blood pressure and circulating glucose.”

“As the leading yogurt maker here and worldwide, we believe that eating yogurt every day is an important first step toward creating a more balanced diet, a healthier lifestyle and improving public health,” said Michael Neuwirth, Senior Director of Public Relations, The Dannon Company.

The Dannon Company is a leading maker of cultured yogurt and probiotic dairy products and is committed to Americans enjoying yogurt every day. Dannon makes about 200 types and flavors of refrigerated and frozen cultured dairy products. Its mission: To bring health through food to as many people as possible.  Dannon is a subsidiary of Paris-based Danone.

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