Yogurt is a nutrient dense food

Better nutrient security through yogurt


Dairy is a crucial food group to assure future nutrient security in emerging markets. Cows are efficient converters of human-inedible feed into nutrient-dense food, such as yogurt.

A growing population challenges food supplies worldwide. The demand for yogurt and milk products is rising, as nutrient-dense foods are crucial to support nutrient security in the future. Yogurt contains high-quality proteins, which is a decisive macronutrient in this matter. Meta-analyses suggest that dairy consumption reduces the risk for chronic diseases and the health care costs.

Efficient yogurt production

The Food & Agricultural Organization (FOA) estimates that the demand for milk will increase from currently 700 to over 1000 billion kg in 2050. Improving efficiency in the dairy chain requires a nutritional and environmental impact: Increased productivity of dairy cows for protein-rich milk and reduced greenhouse gas emissions while processing.

Conversion into nutrient rich milk

 According to Dutch research, cows are efficient convertors of human-inedible resources (low-quality proteins in grains and soy) into nutrient-dense milk and yogurt, containing essential micro-nutrients and high-quality proteins. The energy and protein efficiency of a dairy cow is already up to 25% with a return of 400% for the human-edible part.

Source: Van Hooijdonk, T. et al., Microbiota and the gut–brain axis, Nutrition Reviews, August 2015, Vol 73(8), pp. 48-54.

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