Yoghurt, or yaourt as it is known in French is very popular. Many French women and children eat a pot of yoghurt every day, often plain, natural and whole milk. Dairy products are considered an integral part of a balanced diet, and all dairy products, including cream and butter, are considered healthy by most French people.
Foods that can deliver minerals, such as the calcium in dairy products, are particularly favoured (it seems to me even over those considered high in vitamins). I suspect this is all part of the attachment to the land and terroir. Fat is not considered unhealthy per se, so there is not so much emphasis on the fat content of dairy products. It is considered to be intrinsic to flavour, mouthfeel and the general enjoyment of food, and it is assumed that you will consume it in moderation, delighting in its richness, but not being greedy. One of the few health warnings you will get is to avoid foods that combine fats and sugars – these are for special occasions only, not for every day.
choice of daily yoghurt.
Danone, a French based company and now the multi-national rival to the Swiss Nestlé, was an offshoot of a glass jar manufacturing company which made a spectacular move from 'container to content' in 1970. From the beginning they have focused strongly on health, baby foods and medical nutrition and are the European leaders in the latter, the world leader in fresh dairy products.