What added value does yogurt bring to dairy protein?

Dairy protein: Why is it recommended worldwide?

Dairy foods provide high quality protein wrapped up in a robust nutrient package, and a regular intake can be a marker for diet quality. Most countries recommend consumption of dairy products; and when amounts are specified, 2 or 3 servings per day are typically recommended (18). Dietary guideline recommendations for dairy products are based partly on culture and availability, but the key reason is for meeting nutrient requirements (18).

  • For example, amongst US adults, the 2003-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) found that milk was the 4th highest ranked food source of protein, and the highest ranked food source of calcium (22.5%), vitamin D (45.1%), and potassium (9.6%) (19) (20).
  • In France, 125ml of natural yogurt provides, amongst other nutrients, 20% of calcium, 21% of vitamin B2, 11% of vitamin B12, 16% of phosphorus of an adult’s recommended daily intakes (21) (22).


18. Weaver CW. How sound is the science behind the dietary recommendations for dairy? Am J Clin Nutr. ajcn.073007; First published online March 19,2014. doi:10.3945/ajcn.113.073007.
19. McGill CR, Fulgoni VL 3rd, DiRienzo D, Huth PJ, Kurilich AC, Miller GD. Contribution of dairy products to dietary potassium intake in the United States population. J Am Coll Nutr. 2008; 27(1):44-50.
20. O’Neil CE, Keast DR, Fulgoni VL, Nicklas TA. Food sources of energy and nutrients among adults in the US: NHANES 2003–2006. Nutrients. 2012; 4(12):2097-120.
21. Source : Table Ciqual des aliments 2008, ANSES ; Directive européenne (90/496/CEE). 22. Martin A et al. 2007. Apports nutritionnels conseillés pour la population française, 3e édition, Ed. TEC&DOC. 605 pp.

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