Yogurt and worldwide habits

Trends in yogurt consumption in the U.S.


Increased consumption of low-fat and non-fat milk and milk products, including yogurt forms, are part of the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020. This study examines trends in adult yogurt consumption in the United States.

From single- to double-figures in 10 years

The data analyzed relates to 33,932 adults aged 20 years and over from the 1999-2013 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. It shows that in the space of a decade, the percentage of adults that consume yogurt during a 24-hour dietary recall has doubled: it rose from 4.7% in 1999-2000 to 9.3% in 2011-2012. Although there are significant differences in the frequency of consumption depending on race/ethnic group, this increase can be found in all groups.

Yogurt consumption has quadrupled during breakfast

It was also found that the increase in the proportion of adults consuming yogurt exists both in high-income groups and lower-income groups. Although this increase can be seen at all eating occasions, it is particularly significant during breakfast, where it went from 1.0% in 1999-2000 to 3.9% in 2011-2012. A rather favorable development with regard to the nutritional objectives of these new guidelines.

Source: Nielsen SJ et al., Trends in Yogurt Consumption – US Adults – 1999-2012, The FASEB Journal, April 2015, vol 29(1).

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