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© 2014 Shanna Lea
Yogurt is easy, tasty and has numerous health benefits when you add it in to your daily diet. Yogurt is a rich source of protein, calcium and good bacteria and it keeps you healthy while reducing symptoms of infectious diseases like the common cold.
Health Benefits of Yogurt
- Yogurt can help you lose weight. People who eat yogurt daily lose weight faster than those who don’t.
- Yogurt is packed with vitamins. Yogurt is rich in zinc, iodine, vitamins B5 and B12, phosphorous, potassium and many more nutrients that keep you healthy. Eating more yogurt nourishes your body and gives it the nutrition it needs to function properly.
- Yogurt can prevent high blood pressure. Yogurt is high in potassium, a nutrient needed to regulate blood pressure and prevent hypertension and heart disease.
Types of Yogurt
- Natural—no flavors or sweeteners.
- Flavored Yogurt—fruit, honey, vanilla and sweeteners added.
- Greek/Greek-style—thick and creamy texture. Higher in protein than other yogurts.
- Set Yogurt—is fermented in the tub with fruit at the bottom.
- Stirred Yogurt—fermented in bulk, then the fruit and flavoring is stirred in.
- Drinking Yogurt—made like stirred yogurt, but is diluted and mixed with fruit or berry juices.
- Frozen Yogurt—frozen dessert made with flavors, sugars, emulsifiers and stabilizers.
- Labna—is a yogurt cheese, after the whey has been drained off. Use like cream cheese or cheese balls.
Be wary of store bought yogurt. Be sure to read the labels, as many popular name brands have added sugars and preservatives. Look to make sure it has live cultures and comes from grass-fed cows or goats. You can also make your own yogurt.
How to Make Yogurt
This video shows you how to make yogurt in the Euro-Cuisine YM100 Yogurt Maker. I’ve linked to the yogurt maker, books and culture starter below.
Equipment and Supplies:
Frozen Yogurt Maker
Yogurt Culture Starter