Impact of yogurt on appetite control, energy balance, and body composition

Nutr Rev. 2015 Aug:73 Suppl 1:23-7. doi: 10.1093/nutrit/nuv015.


Recent data support the idea that regular yogurt consumption promotes body weight stability. The simplest explanation is that regular consumption of healthful foods such as yogurt results in decreased intake of less healthful foods containing high amounts of fat and/or sugar. There is also evidence to suggest that the high calcium and protein contents of yogurt and other dairy foods influence appetite and energy intake. The existence of a calcium-specific appetite control mechanism has been proposed. Milk proteins differ in terms of absorption rate and post-absorptive responses, which can influence their satiating properties. Studies in humans have shown that consumption of milk and yogurt increases the circulating concentration of the anorectic peptides glucagon-like peptide (GLP)-1 and peptide YY (PYY). The food matrix can also affect appetite and satiety. Yogurt is a fermented milk that contains bacteria that enrich the microbiota of the host. It appears that lean vs obese humans differ in the composition of their gut microbiota. The available relevant literature suggests that yogurt is a food that facilitates the regulation of energy balance.

Keywords: appetite; body composition; body weight; satiety; yogurt.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Appetite / physiology
  • Appetite Regulation / physiology*
  • Body Composition / physiology*
  • Energy Intake / physiology
  • Energy Metabolism / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Obesity / prevention & control*
  • Satiation / physiology
  • Yogurt*