Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Yogurt/ABC Wednesday

Y is for Yogurt

Growing up, I never like milk.  Probably because I was "forced" to drink fresh milk as a child when I wanted soda.  My father who advocated milk-drinking in the family tried to give us  choices--from canned fresh milk to soya milk, chocolate-flavored milk, Yakult, etc.  My siblings grew up to be milk drinkers, I am not.  And after a few incidents with milk products, I believe I am  lactose-intolerant.

When yogurt became the craze of dieters in the office, I tried it, too, but later declared that the taste was disgusting!  But I do like yogurt when used as salad dressing or as a condiment.  

Yogurt or yoghurt is a dairy product produced by bacterial fermentation of milk.  The bacteria used to make yogurt are known as "yogurt cultures". Fermentation of lactose by these bacteria produces lactic acid, which acts on milk protein to give yogurt its texture and its characteristic tang.  Cow's milk is commonly used worldwide to make yogurt, but milk in water buffalo, goats, ewes, mares, camels and yaks is also used in various parts of the world.

Dairy yogurt is produced using a culture of Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus and Streptococcus salivarius subsp. thermophilus bacteria. Other lactobacilli and bifidobacteria are also sometimes added during or after culturing yogurt.

I read about the health benefits of yogurt and have been trying to find a flavor that I'd like.  I buy mango or blueberry flavored yogurt and just close my eyes to swallow each tablespoon.  Until I "discovered" frozen yogurt!

Frozen yogurt has the consistency of ice cream, and the flavors mask the tartness of yogurt.  Now, it has become my favorite snack and dessert.  I usually add some toppings like fresh fruits, cherries, nuts (almond flakes, macadamia), and choco-coated crunchies.

Yogurt has been around for centuries.  Records in ancient cultures of India and Iran, yogurt was mentioned by 500 BCE.  A combination of yogurt and honey was considered "food for the gods" in ancient India.  Medieval Turks used yogurt as written in 11th century literature.  Before the turn of the century, yogurt was a staple in diets of people in the Russian Empire, western Asia, eastern and central Europe and India.  18th century doctors believed that regular consumption of yogurt was responsible for the unusually long lifespan of Bulgarian peasants.

Yogurt is marketed as a health food.  It is nutritionally rich in protein, calcium, riboflavin, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12.  It has nutritional benefits beyond those of milk.  Lactose-intolerant individuals can sometimes tolerate yogurt better than other dairy products, because the lactose in the milk is converted to glocuse and galactose, and partially fermented to lactic acid, by the bacterial culture.

Yogurt containing live cultures has been found effective in a randomized trial at preventing antibiotic-associated diarrhea.  Yogurt contains varying amounts of fat. There is non-fat (0% fat), low-fat (usually 2% fat) and plain or whole milk yogurt (4% fat).  A study published in the International Journal of Obesity also found that the consumption of low-fat yogurt can promote weight loss, especially due to the calcium in the yogurt. Source 

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Hildred said...

I have discovered frozen yogurt as well, and have given up ice cream as a consequence!! Great post...

Reader Wil said...

We are of the same mind. My post is also about yoghurt and about my granddaughter of 6 months, who is fond of her yoghurt and adores her brother who feeds her.
Thanks for your informative post. I also like yoghurt as salad dressing!
Wil, ABCW Team

Anonymous said...

we used yogurt for dressing and a tiny bit of mayo just to add more taste.

Unknown said...

by the time I get done adding toppings to my yogurt, I may as well have just had real ice cream!

Leslie: said...

I prefer the frozen yogurt to ice cream, too. You must try it with cereal...get the less thick variety and mix it together. It's like having dessert for breakfast!

abcw team

Roger Owen Green said...

Yogurt. YUM!
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Joy said...

I know a whole lot more about yoghurt now, interesting post. Greek yoghurt with honey is my favourite although French set is a close runner up. School milk probably put me off it as a straight drink for life, warmed up in the summer heat just turning on sour, yuk.

Carver said...

I love yoghurt and this was a very interesting post. Carver, ABC Wed. Team

lotusleaf said...

I love yogurt too- it is an integral part of our daily diet in India since centuries.


I love yogurt, even the tart greek yogurts! But frozen yogurt is a truly special treat, especially when it's summer and hot as it is now. I loved those toppings in your photo (our family favorites are miniature gummy bear and chocolate chips:)

Lea said...

Great choice for Y!
Interesting information, too.
Happy Wednesday!
Lea's Menagerie

Indrani said...

This is yummy yellow yoghurt!
Great shot!

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

I bought a maker, by stopped making them.

Winnie said...

I LOVE frozen yogurt, but I must say that I also LOVE(!!!) milk