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Association between yogurt consumption, dietary patterns, and cardio-metabolic risk factors



To examine whether yogurt consumption is associated with a healthier dietary pattern and with a better cardio-metabolic risk profile among healthy individuals classified on the basis of their body mass index (BMI).


A 91-item food frequency questionnaire, including data on yogurt consumption, was administered to 664 subjects from the INFOGENE study. After principal component analysis, two factors were retained, thus classified as the Prudent and Western dietary patterns.


Yogurt was a significant contributor to the Prudent dietary pattern. Moreover, yogurt consumption was associated with lower body weight, waist-to-hip ratio, and waist circumference and tended to be associated with a lower BMI. Consumers had lower levels of fasting total cholesterol and insulin. Consumers of yogurt had a positive Prudent dietary pattern mean score, while the opposite trend was observed in non-consumers of yogurt. Overweight/obese individuals who were consumers of yogurts exhibited a more favorable cardio-metabolic profile characterized by lower plasma triglyceride and insulin levels than non-consumers within the same range of BMI. There was no difference in total yogurt consumption between normal-weight individuals and overweight/obese individuals. However, normal-weight subjects had more daily servings of high-fat yogurt and less daily servings of fat-free yogurt compared to overweight/obese individuals.


Being a significant contributor to the Prudent dietary pattern, yogurt consumption may be associated with healthy eating. Also, yogurt consumption may be associated with lower anthropometric indicators and a more beneficial cardio-metabolic risk profile in overweight/obese individuals.

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Body mass index


Cardiovascular diseases


Food frequency questionnaire


Laboratory of physical activity of Laval University


High-density lipoprotein cholesterol


Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol


Apolipoprotein B-100


Homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance


Plasma C-reactive protein


General linear model


Dietary Guidelines Adherence Index


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We express our gratitude to the participants involved in the study for their time and involvement. We thank Ann-Marie Paradis, Marie-Ève Bouchard, Steve Amireault, Diane Drolet, and Dominique Beaulieu for their collaboration in the recruitment of the participants, the study coordination, and data collection. This work received funding by Danone Nutricia Research and Danone Canada. Hubert Cormier is the recipient of the Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Awards from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Angelo Tremblay holds a Canada Research Chair in Environment and Energy Balance. Marie-Claude Vohl holds a Canada Research Chair in Genomics Applied to Nutrition and Health.

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All authors are independent from funders. Vicky Drapeau has received a grant from The Danone Institute in 2010–2012. On behalf of all authors, the corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.

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Cormier, H., Thifault, É., Garneau, V. et al. Association between yogurt consumption, dietary patterns, and cardio-metabolic risk factors. Eur J Nutr 55, 577–587 (2016).

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  • Yogurt
  • Nutrition
  • Cardio-metabolic risk factors
  • Insulin
  • Triglycerides
  • Dietary patterns