Yogurt and worldwide habits

Trends in yogurt consumption in Italy


What is yogurt consumption like in Italy? A recent survey indicates that the Italian population has a low rate of yogurt consumption. But this consumption is associated with several healthy lifestyle parameters. 

Mean intake of yogurt, based on 3 consecutive days, was 21 g/day, with 24% of consumers who had a mean intake of 88 g/day. However, more detailed data suggest that consumption of this product is associated with a healthy lifestyle. Yogurt consumers showed a global positive trend towards a better diet quality (PanDiet score) and increasing interest in nutritional information. Females were twice as likely to consume yogurt and consumption was much higher for 18-64-year-olds vs. 65-year-olds, as well as for higher vs. lower physical activity. Smokers were 30% less likely to consume yogurt than non-smokers.

The time of day at which yogurt is consumed is a significant factor in how often it is consumed. Breakfast was the moment of consumption for which highest intake was registered (8.3 g/day vs. 4.8 g/day for snacking) and regular breakfast consumers were 2.7 times more likely to eat yogurt than those who skipped it. People who reported often eating out also showed a reduced tendency to consume yogurt.

Source: Turrini, A et al. The FASEB Journal 2014 vol. 28 no. 1 Supplement 1018.2

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