No one really knows when the first yogurt was made.
Most people believe it was discovered accidentally when milk was stored in an animal skin container.
Mix milk, bacteria, warmth and wait a bit, and you have yogurt.
This humble food is actually quite healthy. It provides protein, fats and carbohydrates.
Fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K are not only found in yogurt, but are more easily absorbed by the body when in yogurt. Yogurt is also a good source of B vitamins. Calcium, zinc, magnesium, potassium and selenium are also found in yogurt.
When most people think of the benefits of yogurt, they think of the healthy bacteria that are present in yogurt with live cultures. These bacteria help us have a healthy digestive system, and can help restore the body’s healthy bacteria after a round of antibiotics.
Even people who are lactose intolerant can eat yogurt because of the lactic acid it naturally produces.
The healthiest yogurt is natural yogurt, which has live, active cultures. Unsweetened varieties are best. For added flavor, you can always mix real fruit into your yogurt.
Greek yogurt tends to be richer and creamier than many American brands. With a little know how and patience, it is even possible to make your own yogurt at home, so there is no reason not to enjoy this wonderfully healthy food.