The versatility of yogurt is universal. From savory dishes to sweet desserts, yogurt can be a perfect compliment to any meal. Have you ever wondered what exactly it is? Or how it is made? Well, we have the answers.
Yogurt is made by adding healthy bacteria cultures to fluid milk or cream. This process converts some of the lactose in milk to lactic acid and creates that tangy flavor. Depending on the the cultures and fluid milk/cream used, the smell, texture, and taste will differ between brands. Want to learn more about how yogurt is made? Our friends at dairygood.org have you covered.
Yes, most yogurts are gluten free but there are some exceptions. For example if the yogurt is packaged with granola or the flavoring used in the yogurt could have some gluten. When in doubt, check the ingredient list or call the manufacturer. The wonderful thing about dairy products: they are naturally gluten-free.
Yogurt, just like milk, is sold full-fat and low-fat varieties. Based on your preference, you are able to choose a variety of different yogurts with less fat or more fat. Many yogurt manufacturers produce the same variety of yogurt in a low-fat version as well as a full-fat version (for example: greek yogurt). Make sure to check the Nutrition Facts label for specific fat content.
Yes! Yogurt is great option to include in your healthy lifestyle. As a snack or a meal, yogurt is chock full of food-for-you nutrients like protein, calcium, and vitamin B12. New research also found a correlation between yogurt consumption and a decreased risk of Type 2 diabetes. Learn more about the health benefits of yogurt: here.
Whether you eat it for breakfast, mix it in your favorite muffin batter, or add a dollop to your tacos for a little tang, yogurt is a great choice for the whole family. Get creative and post your favorite ways to use yogurt in your day on our Facebook and Twitter pages!