Yoghurt Summit

From science to performance

The South African Yoghurt in Nutrition Initiative hosted The 3rd Annual Yoghurt Summit on the 21st August 2019 at the Four Seasons Hotel, The Westcliff.

From Science To Performance: the theme of the 3rd Yoghurt Summit emphasised the importance of protein in the recovery process post training. Although there are many food sources which can be used to effectively deliver essential nutrients and increase recovery rate post exercising, those that contain protein remain the most effective. Protein is essential for the repair and maintenance of cells with specific reference to the muscular network. This makes protein a critical fuel for exercise recovery.

In association with the Sports Science Institute of South Africa (SSISA), the 3rd Yoghurt Summit hosted over 200 delegates with a specific interest in sports nutrition. Three local experts addressed the fundamental link between protein (some of which are dairy based), and performance and shared their views on the topic of muscle protein metabolism during endurance exercise and recovery

  • Speaker: NICKI DE VILLIERS

    Nicki currently consults as a dietitian at The Sports Performance Hub in Hatfield Pretoria. Nicki has been in private practice for the last 23 years during which time her interest in sports dietetics was piqued playing competitive basketball at a national level. Nicki completed a postgraduate diploma through the International Olympic Committee in Switzerland and obtained a Masters Degree in Dietetics. Additionally, she assists as a specialised dietitian to several PSL [Pro Soccer League) teams, professional rugby teams, the Comrades Marathon Association and individual athletes at all levels. She is also a part-time lecturer of sport nutrition for students studying sport science, biokinetics, dietetics and medical doctors specialising in sport at the University of Pretoria.

  • Speaker: DR MIKE POSTHUMUS

    As a scientist, Mike has published over 50 peer-reviewed scientific papers. As a coach, Mike is currently working with several national and international cyclists. His awards as a coach include: overall female Yellow Jersey, the Africa Men's jersey, Africa Ladies jersey and the overall Mixed Jersey at the ABSA Cape Epic; Elite Men SA National Mountain Bike Champion and multiple U23 Men SA National cross-country titles. Earlier in his sporting career Mike was a provincial rugby player, and now an accomplished mountain biker, riding for a professional mountain bike team, team Dormakaba, where he also acts as the team's head of performance. Mike has completed five ABSA Cape Epic races and has finished in the top 30 each time. Mike has also won several ultra-endurance cycling races such as Transbaviaans, Swartberg 100 and the Cederberg 100.

  • Speaker: PROF ANDREW BOSCH

    Andrew Bosch is an Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town, Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine. His research interests include the physiological effects of carbohydrate and protein ingestion on exercise metabolism and enhancement of post-exercise recovery, and the related effects on performance. The physiology of distance running is a key interest. He has published and presented internationally, is a member of the Medical and Science Commission of the International Association of Ultra-Runners and is Chair of the American College of Sports Medicine Endurance Athlete Interest Group. He oversees the training programmes of a number of marathon and ultra-marathon runners, including Olympian and World Championship level athletes and Two Oceans Marathon and Comrades Marathon Gold medalists.


Realising Childrens Potential

In September 2018, the South African Yoghurt in Nutrition Initiative (SAYINI) hosted the 2nd South African Yoghurt Summit: Realising Children’s Potential, where local and international speakers shared emerging science on the role of nutrition in raising healthy children. SAYINI aims to uncover scientific data related to yoghurt, stimulate new research and identify gaps in our understanding on the health effects of this food category, and to disseminate this information to relevant healthcare professionals and the public.

More than a GUT feeling

South African Yoghurt in Nutrition Initiative launched the 1st Yoghurt Summit in South Africa in Johannesburg on 27 July, with the mission of providing unbiased scientific data regarding the nutritional impact of yoghurt. Regular yoghurt consumption may be linked to numerous health and nutritional benefits, as outlined by the guest speakers.