Prof. Raanan Shamir (Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel) and Prof. Andrew Prentice (MRC International Nutrition Group, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK) coordinated the event and the international guest speakers presented the latest research findings on the potential benefits of yogurt consumption on the nutritional quality of the diet, on maintaining a healthy body weight as well as on reducing the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
- Dr. Angelo Tremblay (PhD at the Department of Kinesiology, Laval University, Canada) presented an overview of key findings from observational cohort studies conducted on different continents (North & South America and Europe). His study results suggest that yogurt consumption is associated with an improved diet quality.
- Dr. Richard Atkinson (Physician at the Department of Pathology, Virginia Commonwealth University, US) discussed findings of a recent systematic review investigating in particular the association between yogurt consumption and weight gain: the evidence is suggestive that yogurt as part of a weight maintenance or weight loss program will have a benefit.
- Dr. Jordi Salas-Salvadó (PhD Human Nutrition at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Rovira i Virgili University, Spain) focused on the potential preventive role of yogurt consumption in diabetes. His observations suggest that high yogurt intake is associated with a lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.