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Yogurt Facts

A dairy product

  • Yogurt is produced by bacterial fermentation of milk.
  • Cow's milk is most commonly used to make it.
  • The word 'Yogurt' is derived from Turkish word 'yogurt' which means 'to thicken' or from 'yogurur' which means 'long life'.
  • First use of yogurt dates back to 500 BCE in the cultures of India and Iran.
  • Oldest writings mentioning yogurt are attributed to Pliny the Elder.
  • Eating yogurt has shown to improve bad breath.
  • Americans eat over 300,000 tons of yogurt a year.
  • Because of the fermentation process, yogurt can easily be digested by many people who are lactose-intolerant.
  • Frozen yogurt was first introduced to the world in the early 1970s in New England.
  • In the US, fruit was first added to commercial produced yogurt in 1946.
  • The Yoghurt bacteria can relieve the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Yoghurt helps to fight against vaginal yeast infections.
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