Yogurt in Nutrition Initiative

Yogurt in nutrition: initiative for a balanced diet

A unique partnership…

Logo-YINYogurt in nutrition: Initiative for a balanced diet is a multi-year scientific collaboration between the American Society for Nutrition and the Danone Institute International.



…to develop and share scientific knowledge on yogurt

The project aims to advance scientific knowledge on the health benefits of yogurt and to disseminate the findings broadly. The mission of the project is to:

  • reveal scientific data related to yogurt
  • stimulate new research
  • identify gaps in our understanding of the health effects of this food category
  • share this information with professionals and the public

Yogurt in nutrition: Initiative for a balanced diet partnerships allows the development of many different initiatives:

Research support: “Health benefits associated with yogurt consumption”

Every year, the Yogurt in Nutrition Initiative for a balanced diet (YINI) launches a Call for Research Proposals concerning a range of projects, focused on yogurt science. The competition is open to research teams from public research organizations or researchers at universities or hospitals. A grant of $30,000 (thirty thousand dollars) is available to support one application.

During the 5th Yogurt Summit 2017, held in Buenos Aires during ICN2017, Prof. Kelsey Mangano of University of Massachusetts, Lowell, was named as the 5th recipient of the YINI Grant for her cutting-edge research exploring the relation between nutritional factors and musculoskeletal health among aging adults.

Learn more about the 2017 recipient on www.yogurtinnutrition.com.

In 2016, YINI received 16 applications from 9 different countries. The winner of the YINI Grant 2016 was Dr Paula Smith-Brown (University Queensland, Australia), with the research project entitled: “The association between yogurt as a complementary food for infants and growth, body composition and faecal microbiota development.”

In 2015, YINI received and analyzed 19 applications from 16 different countries and decided to support the research project of Dr. Vicky Drapeau (Laval University, Canada). Her research project was “the association between yogurt consumption, body weight and metabolic profile as a function of susceptibility to obesity in children and adolescents”.

> To learn more about the grant and the previous laureates

Conferences and global summits on the health effects of yogurt

Different symposia or summits are organized under the initiative of the YINI :


  • You will find plenty of content such as infographics, videos, reviews, publications,  slideshows, blog posts, symposium reports, interviews and much more… Every week, a fresh basket of content produced by YINI appears on the homepage, free for the picking.
  • You will find detailed information and advices including unconventional how-tos, interviews, easy tips and even some classic recipe favorites, highlighted by bloggers and experts. The website is also available in French, Spanish and Italian.

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