yogurt benefits, history, and more

Yogurt is actually milk that is thickened thanks to special lactic-acid bacteria. It’s being sold either natural, which has a sour taste or with added fruit or different flavors.

Brief history

The term “yogurt” comes from the Turkish language, which means “fermented milk”. Its origins are in the Balkan countries. Yogurt used to be made from goat, sheep or even buffalo milk before.  Тhe introduction of fruit yogurt on the market causes great excitement. Ever since then it’s among the most popular products, well known even to the little ones.

Taste

The taste of yogurt is delicately sour and fine. The reason for its specific character is lactic-acid bacteria. They impart the so interesting and untypical shades that caress your palate.

Production and processing

Yogurt is a fully natural product prepared from milk. With the exception of lactic-acid bacteria, no other ingredients are needed. Despite that,  sometimes different additions are added to extend the expiry date, to create new flavors or to better their firmness.

For this purpose it’s being enriched, different types of yogurt include fruit, starch or gelatin, heat-treated, which lasts longer or probiotic ones, prepared with new-found lactic-acid bacteria. Probiotic yogurt is also considered to be very healthy!

Different types of yogurt at home

Yogurt is sold in many different variations. As an alternative, you can try to make it yourself.

The most popular fruit to add to yogurt are apples, pears, cherries, raspberries, blueberries, apricots or even melon!

If you’re not a fan of fruit then you can add coffee, biscuits or chocolate chips. Vanilla is also an option which is light and pleasant.

The most traditional addition is, of course, muesli which will keep you fit every day.

Contents

One of the main minerals in yogurt is calcium, which is very important for bone growth. Other valuable ingredients are phosphorus, fluorine, iodine, copper, and zinc. High contents of vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and B12 help strengthening your health. They also have a great impact on metabolism and lowering the level of cholesterol.

Benefits

Yogurt is very effective with digestive indispositions caused by viruses, especially for children! Yogurt has a beneficial impact on conditions connected with fungi infections. The lactic acid bacteria in yogurt activate the immune system by stimulating it to fight the enemies.

Yogurt as a right-hand man in the kitchen

People usually prefer yogurt for breakfast. Regardless of that, it’s a very healthy and tasty dessert, as well as a great addition to many main dishes. Lend a helping hand to your diet. Yogurt is becoming more and more popular among active athletes. Even a perfect replacement of water, drinking it is recommended as an addition to the main dish.

Its universal use makes it a perfect base for a sauce or a substitute for milk, cream, and butter! Yogurt is a healthy alternative to many foods with high levels of fat. It is also a major element in every meal in Turkish, Greek and Indian cuisine.

This is a brief history of our favorite yogurt, which is an irreplaceable part of every Bulgarian’s table.

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